Okay, so Day 2 wasn’t as exciting as Day 1. But we did have three double-digit seeds advance. No.12 Cornell topped No.5 Temple, 10th-seeded Georgia Tech got by No.7 Oklahoma State and Missouri topped seventh-seeded Clemson. You can argue whether any of those qualify as upsets.
Cornell was clearly under seeded. Cornell could have been a nine or 10. As for Temple, you have to wonder wether they were that overmatched or just overrated. It’s hard to say that because the Owls beat Villanova when the Wildcats were playing well.
There weren’t any overtime games, but there were several games that came down to the last few minutes. No.4 Wisconsin needed the final minute to knock off 13th-seeded Wofford, Gonzaga held off a late charge by Florida State, while Michigan State needed a last-second defensive stand to hold off New Mexico State.
Xavier-Minnesota, Siena Purdue and Missouri Clemson also required attention in the last two-plus minutes.
How about the shorthanded Purdue Boilermakers beating an experienced and tournament tested Siena team? A lot of us had Purdue pegged as a first-round out without Robbie Hummel. Good job by the Boilermakers.
And last but not least, the Big East took another hit with Louisville getting beat up by California, 77-62. Senior guard Edgar Sosa didn’t have a great ending to his career with eight points. California started the game on a 12-0 run and ended it on a 12-2 run.
It’s funny how two of the teams we thought shouldn’t have made the tournament (Georgia Tech, Wake Forest) are still alive. It’s also funny how we just killed the PAC-10 this year an anointed the Big East. The PAC-10 is 2-0 against the Big East in the tournament.
Best performer: Xavier’s Jordan Crawford had 28 points.
Next best performer: Ohio State’s Jon Diebler with 23 points (7 three-pointers).
Biggest surprise: Cornell dominating Temple.
Cause for concern: Wisconsin had a hard time with a Wofford team that didn’t have a starter over 6-6.