Quick hits from the opening day of the NCAA Tournament …
NO NEED TO BE UPSET: Talk about your ho-hum opening acts. Even the “upsets” weren’t that surprising, though I did expect more out of fifth-seeded Wichita State.
LOOKIN’ GREAT IN THE SOUTH: Shame on me for doubting Shaka Smart and VCU. Good coach, veteran team. Should have known better than to pick the Shockers.
LOOKIN’ GOOD IN THE SOUTH: Iowa State. Maybe the Big 12 isn’t so bad after all.
LOOKIN’ BAD IN THE SOUTH: A lot of people had Wichita State as a sleeper. Those people probably aren’t winning their pool.
LOOKIN’ GREAT IN THE WEST: We see you, Marquette.
LOOKIN’ GOOD IN THE WEST: Louisville controlled its game against a solid Davidson team that knocked off Kansas at the Sprint Center.
LOOKIN’ BAD IN THE WEST: Really, Long Beach State? Too much drama in the LBC.
LOOKIN’ GREAT IN THE EAST: The Vanderbilt-Wisconsin winner goes to the Elite Eight.
LOOKIN’ GOOD IN THE EAST: Ohio State thanks Fab Melo for not doing his homework.
LOOKIN’ BAD IN THE EAST: Yikes, Syracuse. It’s called karma.
WE MISS YOU, GUS: Gus Johnson has a reputation for not doing his homework. It’s one of the reasons he’s not working the NCAA Tournament for CBS. The network screwed up here. Johnson’s screaming and excitability was made for the tourney.
HOW AM I DOING?: Meh. Eleven of 16 on the opening day is not going to win many brackets. Thanks a lot, Wichita State and Long Beach State (Sweet 16 picks).