March 21, 2008

2008 NCAA Division 1 Basketball Tournament-2nd Round (32 teams).

Filed under: NCAA Men's Basketball — admin @ 10:56 pm


The map now shows the 32 teams remaining, after the Play-in game and the 1st Round.  The teams eliminated are shown in tiny 8 point type at the top of the map. 

In the South Regional, #1 through #8 all won- no upsets.  In the East Regional, there was only 1 slight upset, with #9 Arkansas defeating #8 Indiana.  In the Midwest Regional, there were four upsets, with teams seeded #’s 10-13 all advancing.  In the West Regional, there was 1 slight upset with #9 Texas A&M beating #8 BYU, and there were two thrilling games that were huge upsets, with total unknown San Diego University surprise winners over UConn;  and Western Kentucky beating Drake at the buzzer.

# 13 seed San Diego stunned hoops heavyweights Connecticut (#4 seed) 70-69, in overtime.  De’ Jon Jackson sunk a fadeaway jump shot with 1.2 seconds left, for the winner.   [San Diego, nicknamed the Toreros, are not to be confused with the San Diego State Aztecs, who are best known for their Division I football program.]  San Diego University was only founded in 1949, and has an enrollment of 7,400. 

Click here, for San Diego University page, from the CBS site.  [Note: the CBS site has good info in the "team report" section of each team's page .]

Click here, for the video of the winning shot, San Diego University 70, Connecticut 69  {youtube, via FanIQ}.

Another high seed to fall was Drake University (#5) .  They lost to Western Kentucky (#12 seed), a school from Bowling Green (which is actually more like part of central Kentucky), 70 miles north of Nashville, Tenn.  The school has an enrollment of 18,600.  The Hilltoppers won 101-99, in OT, when Ty Rogers hit a 3-pointer with 3 defenders on him, and no time on the clock.

Click here, for the video of that winning shot, from Western Kentucky 101-Drake 99 (via the FanIQ website).

Click here, for the Western Kentucky page, from the CBS site.

In the Midwest Region, #11 Kansas State crushed #6 USC by 13 points, 80-67.  Kansas State is in the town of Manhattan, in the east-central part of the state.  The Wildcats.  The school has an enrollment of 23,182.

Click here, for the Kansas State page, from the CBS site.

There were two other upsets in the Midwest region.  #10 Davidson beat perennial overachievers Gonzaga (#7 seed).  Davidson College is in west-central North Carolina, 20 miles north of Charlotte (it is in the same county, Mecklenburg).  They are also nicknamed the Wildcats.  The school’s enrollment is only 1,700, so the hoops team has already made a big accomplishment in advancing to the 2nd Round of the tournament.   Davidson has been picked by some to be a dark-horse team that surprises people, so their next opponent (Georgetown) could be in for a fall. 

Click here, for the Davidson team page, from the CBS site.

Also in the Midwest region, #13 Siena demolished #4 Vanderbilt, by an astounding 19 points, 83-62.  Siena College is in Loudonville, New York, a couple miles north of the state capital, Albany.  The college has an enrollment of just 2,900.  Their nickname is the Saints.

Click here, for the Siena team page, from the CBS site.

Early Saturday morning, #12 Villanova, who barely made it into the tournament, beat #5 Clemson.  Villanova is just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the Main Line {see this}.  The Villanova Wildcats have made it to the NCAA tournament 29 times (the 8th highest), and won the National Championship in 1985 {see their entry in Wikipedia, here.

Click here, for the Villanova Wildcats team page, from the CBS site. 

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