Thursday, March 09, 2006

Round 2: WVU-Pitt

8. Cincinnati1. UConnSyracuse
UConn
'Nova
9. Syracuse9. Syracuse
5. Georgetown4. MarquetteGeorgetown
12. Notre Dame5. Georgetown
6. Pitt3. West VirginiaWVU
'Nova
11. Louisville6. Pitt
7. Seton Hall2. VillanovaVillanova
10. Rutgers10. Rutgers

Predictions in italics. Wrong picks in bold

As expected, my boys fell hard to 'Nova. So my distant dreams of a dance ticket have been expunged. But that doesn't mean any lost interest in the tourney.

We're a bit more than halfway through the first half of WVU-Pitt, a game I've been waffling on over the past few days. As you can see in my predictions, I picked WVU. Then Pitt got out to that monstrous start against Louisville, and I figured they could be carrying some serious momentum into tonight. And then they nearly blew the game, all but negating said momentum.

WVU doesn't exactly look "on" to this point, but they still have an 11 point lead with 7:48 left in the first half.
[MORE] - It's running

I'd like to take this time to state that WVU is just a plain likable team. They move the ball, and while they chuck up a lot of threes, they still have a respectable percentage. There are usually five scrappy players on the court, giving it their all and having fun. What's not to like about them?

Looks like we're in store for another low scoring game, but not exactly because of great defense. WVU isn't shooting terribly -- 8-19, 5-12 from three -- but Pitt hasn't exactly been "on" to this point, 4-18 from the field, and now 1-5 from three.

And that's what happens when you don't pay attention to Collins. Some lanky big white guy on Pitt (didn't catch his name) kinda half-heartedly stepped in front of Collins, who did what any player would do -- took a step around him. Did Lanky White Guy keep with him? No, he went to double a guy without the ball. Let's just say Collins can hit open threes at an alarming rate. The entire WVU team can.