Wild first day in Tampa
Well, if you wanted unpredictable and wild, you came to the right place --- Adam Kilgore's hotel room. Nah, seriously, I mean the ACC tournament here in Tampa. Four games yesterday resulted in four upsets. All were great games. Maryland and Georgia Tech were two of the ACC's hottest teams, and they go out and lose to two of the conference's least accomplished schools, Miami and Wake Forest. No one I talked to here over the past couple days --- man, woman or beast --- saw Maryland's first-round loss coming.
The sense around these parts is that Georgia Tech is still in the NCAAs right now. Florida State might be iffy, although I say they should be in for a host of reasons, not the least of which is that they have Toney Douglas back. Looking around the country, the loss by Air Force could prove a costly one. The Falcons still should be okay Sunday, but they will be sweating it out.
We are scheduled to have five writers make appearances at the St. Pete Times Forum today. Venerable baseball/ACC scribe Barry Svrluga checked in last night. Mike Wise should arrive sometime in the afternoon.
The question I have: Will any of the teams that won here yesterday win again today? I say they won't, that's it. All the favorites win out today.
What will Maryland's seed be: I say a 5. That dream Maryland-Missouri State matchup in a 5-12 game is still possible, which means I'm still smiling.
On a personal note, Heather Dinich of the Baltimore Sun will be hauling more than 200 pounds of luggage back to the airport on her way home today, so best wishes for her. Glad I brought the carry-on bag.
And Patrick Stevens, bracket guru of the Washington Times, has cordially been invited to join other area writers, including myself, to a fine post-game dinner tonight. Mr. Stevens has turned us down seven times so far during the tourney.
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