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East Region: Sweet Sixteen Thoughts

The Garden was bumpin’ last night with some of the best teams in the country in town for the weekend.

#1 Pitt vs. #4 Xavier
My friend and I decided to place a wager on the game to make things more interesting. We wanted to take Xavier +7 but when we contacted the bookie he said he had the line at +6.

It was like the scene in Casino when Pesci and De Niro are talking to a gambler who asks what the line is on a certain game. De Niro responds with a number .5 below the line the man received from his bookie. The man then asks aloud, “Why am I l85329035TL039_Pittsburgh_Paaying 7 then”? Which Pesci responds with, “Because your a f-cking jackoff. That’s why.”

That’s how I felt as Pitt stormed back, like a f-ing jackoff. We knew it was a busted spread but wanted the action anyways.

Karma reared it BEAUTIFUL face in the final seconds. Xavier inexplicably fouled with two seconds left (Two seconds!) sending Pitt to the line with a change to move their lead from 4 to 6.

So to make the moment even more intense, Wanamaker makes the first free throw effortlessly. Forget ‘nothing but net’, I don’t think this shot even hit the net. It was perfect. If he makes his second free throw we push and all is lost.

Remember, at this point, Pitt has sealed the deal. We are sitting near Xavier fans who are dead silent as there team has let the game slip away in the second half. Wanamaker readies himself and shots. HE BRICKS IT COMPLETELY! We stand up and shout in excitement among the Xavier fans we have been cheering with all game.

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Inappropriate Headline: Blair’s Backside Provides a Big Upside for Pitt

headlineYour mind boggling headline of the day provided by the New York Times. Really Times, really?

NCAA Tournament East Regional Tickets

td-banknorth-gardenThis years East Regional is at the Garden in Boston. I happen to have a few tickets to the event.

Tickets for the East Regional are going for over $400 (in my section) on StubHub. What kind of fan would I be if I sold them though? These prices are in comparison to the other regions which are not even reaching $200.

Although each of the four regions are stacked and obviously, at this point have good games, the east region is probably the most interesting.

#1 Pitt vs. #4Xavier, Thursday @ 7:27 p.m. ET

pittThis game has the best chance of the #1 seed getting upset. Pitt is still a great team but they are making it interesting for their fans. Pitt’s Sam Young has been more than outstanding. For the Panthers to move on he is going to have to continue on his way to MOP of the Tourney.

xavierXavier, as always, is flying under the radar. The now seemingly perennial Atlantic-10 conference cream of the crop had another great season. It seems like no one knows it but they have non-conference wins over Missouri, Virginia Tech, Memphis, Auburn and Cincinnati as well as wins over Dayton and Temple. In their last tourney game they beat up on Wisconsin on the second half showing some heart after a close game up until halftime.

#2 Duke vs. #3 Villanova, Thursday @ 9:57 p.m. ET

duke1You have to think that this is a better match-up for the Blue Davils than the Longhorns were. ‘Nova is a small team just like Duke. If these teams are having good offensive nights this one could be a shootout. The only games with higher over/under’s right now are the ‘Cuse game and the UNC game.

If this game comes down to one player making a big play or two for his team, I would have to take Gerald Henderson over just about anyone in the nation.

villanovaI think I am going to where my Villanova tee to the game in hopes to get into it a little bit with some Duke fans. I’m not certain about my plans for graduate school so I wasn’t sure I’d ever get to see Duke play in person. On a similar not, it’s somewhat rare to get to see this type of national power house programs under one arena roof. Needless to say I am excited.

More on the East and the other Regionals in the coming days.