Xavier managed to pull it out against BYU 79-77; EKU made a furious rally to pull within 4 of UNC before the Tar Heels became too much and won by 21; Indiana slowly stretched out their lead to win against Gonzaga by 13; and Pitt handled Wright State.
Although the Indiana-Gonzaga game is still close, the Xavier-Brigham Young game is turning into the matchup of the night. One point X lead with 7 and a half left. Jesuits vs. Mormons. Let’s get it on!
Virginia Commonwealth gets the tournament’s first upset in the day’s first close game, winning 79-77 over Duke. Michigan State then gets the second upset in an 8/9 game. The other evening winners were big dogs UCLA and Ohio State.
In the later games, Xavier and BYU have been battling all game, Wright State has come back from 13-0 to tie it up against Pitt at 22, Indiana is still holding off Gonzaga, and UNC is winning big over EKU, which
is was coached by one of my all-time favorite college players, Travis Ford. (Just wanted to keep my Travis Ford plug in here.)
After Ohio State’s victory over Michigan on Saturday, at least one group of fans decided to take one more chance for the day and bet on the final score, 42-39, in the Ohio Lottery’s Pick 4 game on Saturday night. When the drawing occurred, the numbers appeared 4-2-3-9 in order. Each $1 ticket paid off $5,000 to the lucky gamblers. The payouts for Saturday ended up being quite high for the Ohio Lottery, likely due at least in part to the Pick 4 results. Full Story Here.
The UM Alumni Association and Division of Student Affairs sent out an email this week concerning the tailgate that they are sponsoring for Michigan fans before the game this weekend. Included in this email was a list of recommendations to help the Maize and Blue supporters survive their trip to the province formerly known as Columbus, Ohio. Here is an excerpt of this email:
We know that it can be uncomfortable being in an opposing team’s
environment, especially when the stakes are so high. We would like to
offer a few suggestions in order to help you stay safe and have a
positive experience this weekend:
–Try carpooling to the game; if possible, drive a car with non-
Michigan license plates.
–Keep your Michigan gear to a minimum, or wait until you are
inside the stadium to display it.
–Stay with a group.
–Know and obey the laws regarding alcohol use.
–If you are of legal age to drink, use alcohol in moderation.
Stay in the blue.
–Stay low-key; don’t draw unnecessary attention to yourself.
–If verbally harrassed by opposing fans, don’t take the bait.
–Avoid High Street in Columbus.
If at any time you feel unsafe, you should call 9-1-1 for assistance.
U-M campus police also will be available in Columbus to support our
fans. You may call them with non-emergency concerns at (734) 216-9159.
Ohio State fans reportedly can also smell your fear!!