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Lackluster Day One?

The first day lacked something the tournament always offers: unpredictability. The VCU-Duke game was thrilling, but can you really call it an upset? The best part about that game was the contingent of VCU fans that sat right behind me. They never stopped yelling throughout the entire game. Even one of the VCU radio guys who sat next to me was classic, when he referred to the officials on air as Larry, Moe and Curly and tried to draw a mustache on K's face when the image appeared on the television screen in front of us.

Not sure who I enjoyed watching more, VCU's Eric Maynor or Davidson's Stephen Curry, but they are two terrific guards, young guards, from mid-major teams. Davidson returns essentially its entire team next year, so expect another long Wildcat winning streak heading into the 2008 NCAA tournament. Mock brackets will be out within days.

I'm looking forward to two things today in Buffalo. I'm interested in talking with Butler's A.J. Graves, one of my favorite players in the country. I'm interested in finally getting around Buffalo tonight now that I'll have some time and the fans are all here.

Here is how I rate today's games in order of attractiveness:

Winthrop-Notre Dame
Texas-New Mexico State
Holy Cross-Southern Illinois
Georgia Tech-UNLV
Illinois-Virginia Tech
Long Beach State-Tennessee
Texas A&M CC-Wisconsin
North Texas-Memphis
Miami (Ohio)-Oregon
Jackson State-Florida

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 16, 2007; 7:23 AM ET
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Well, Duke was favored by 6 or 6.5, as I recall, which is pretty significant come March, so heck yeah, I'm calling that an upset.

Posted by: Dan Steinberg | March 16, 2007 8:23 AM | Report abuse

I thought the Davidson-MD game was pretty exciting. It almost went right down to the wire, and the way the teams were streaking, you got the sense the game could swing a couple points at any moment. I don't think anyone could argue the VCU game wasn't exciting. The Xavier game was decided in the last few seconds. And even the Eastern Kentucky-UNC game had its moment in the middle when I was feeling the magic.

Posted by: Pike | March 16, 2007 9:47 AM | Report abuse

I'm a day late with this one, but you should ask Vasquez how to stop Kevin Durant...

Posted by: Jason | March 16, 2007 2:51 PM | Report abuse

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