Thursday, March 22, 2007

(Don't) Stop the Madness!

The Sweet Sixteen got off to a crazy start Thursday, as four top seeds managed to hold on and advance into the Elite Eight this weekend:
  • The Kansas Jayhawks won 61-58 over Jamaal Tatum and Southern Illinois, despite being thrown out of their fast-paced offense for a large part of the game.
  • Memphis topped Texas A&M 65-64 in another game that came down to the final seconds, this one being decided by a series of crucial free throws, a controversial ruling on the clock, and a blown layup from Acie Law IV.
  • UCLA never trailed in their 64-55 victory over Pittsburgh, thanks to big performances by stud Bruins Arron Afflalo, Darron Collison, and Josh Shipp.
  • Ohio State, led by Ron Lewis and Mike Conley, storms back from a 20-point deficit to top Tennessee 85-84, decided by Greg Oden's block of a potentially game winning shot as time expired.