Friday, March 21, 2008

NCAA Tournament

I attended the NCAA Tournament yesterday at the Qwest Center and watched Kansas defeat Portland State 85-61, as well as most of the UNLV - Kent State game, won by the Rebels 71-58. Have to say I was very impressed with KU, there is a definite reason they are a #1 seed - talent disparity between the Jayhawks and the other three teams is patently obvious just from watching the floor.

KU shot 48% from the land of three and 54% overall, while holding Portland St to 38% shooting, and led by double digits just 5 minutes into the game. I have to give some credit to State, they did not just roll over but remained scrappy throughout. Some of the players that impressed me were KU junior guard Brandon Rush and sophomore forward Darrell Arthur, along with the State's sophmore forward Alex Tiefenthaler and UNLV's senior G/F Curtis Terry.

I also witnessed a historic moment in the second game as UNLV held Kent to a NCAA-tying record for fewest points in a half, with just 10, although they did come back in the second half to close the gap to thirteen after trailing by 21 at the half.

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