Originally Published: Mar 19, 2010 9:31 AM CDT
Five things I learned from Day One of the NCAA Tournament:
1. The Big East Was Overrated- Notre Dame, Georgetown and Marquette all lost to seems seeded 10 or worse. And Villanova, a two seed, had to go to overtime to beat 15th-seeded Robert Morris.
2. The SEC Wasnt Any Good Either- Now Kentucky may win the national title, but Im not sure any other team from that league will make it past the first weekend. Vanderbilts loss was embarrassing, but predictable. Theyre never as good as people think. Florida put up a game fight, but theyre not back yet. Tennessee survived San Diego State.
3. Jimmer Fredette Is the Best Player Nobody Knew About-He scored 37 in BYUs win over Florida and has scored 112 in three postseason games if you count the WAC tournament. Why does anyone else on that team ever touch the ball? He either scores or gets fouled every time.
4. I Feel Good About Taking Kansas State To The Final Four-North Texas is a solid club. They had won 11-straight games going into the NCAA tourney. Kansas State made that game non-competitive after the first 10 minutes. Cant wait to see what the Cats do against Fredette Saturday.
5. Scott Drew Doesnt Get Enough Credit-Baylors win over Sam Houston State Thursday was the programs first NCAA tournament win in 60 years! When Drew took over the Bears, the program was on probation and had suffered through the murder of player Patrick Dennehy by former player Carlton Dotson. If all of their players come back next year, theyll be the preseason pick to win the Big 12.