Sweet Sixteen Update

Well, it’s official – the ACC does no more than the Valley with its 4 bids – 2 Sweet 16 teams and 0 Elite 8 squads, as BC loses a heartbreaker to Villanova. And a great 2 nights of basketball is tarnished by the complete jobbing of the Washington Huskies by the refs, allowing Classless Calhoun and his arrogant horde to advance to meet George Mason in the regional final. If there is any justice in the world (and as a State fan, you know there isn’t), the Patriots will represent the Colonial Athletic Association in the Final Four. I just can’t take hearing Big East homer and all-around crap announcer Bill Raftery call one more UConn win.

The last remaining pseudo-Princeton offense is also gone, as Georgetown falls to Florida. Memphis/UCLA and Villanova/Florida should be very entertaining games to watch.

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8 Responses to Sweet Sixteen Update

  1. Chico 03/25/2006 at 7:35 AM #

    I totally agree that Washington got jobbed. The technical on Roy giving him 4 fouls with 13 mins to go and the blown no call on a goaltending (Roy would have gotten a bucket) were crucial. Not sure why Washington did not foul at the end of regulation vs. giving Anderson a shot at a three.

    Did anyone see the end of the Villanova vs. BC game? Three seconds and they run a beautiful play WITHOUT A TIMEOUT!!! Maybe Herb should take note. The only time we made clutch shots it seems (such as Cams shot to tie Clemson this year) came when we did not allow Herb to call a timeout to botch everything up.

    Of course, if Will Sheridan of Villanova caught that inbounds pass under the basket wearing an NCSU jersey, he would have given up the easy layup and kicked it out to an injured player for a three.

  2. 427HEVN 03/25/2006 at 7:53 AM #

    Wash was ripped off…phantom foul call on Willaims slip at the top of the key for 2 free throws and then the missed goal tending in OT.

    Conn deserves to go down

  3. Texpack 03/25/2006 at 9:40 AM #

    I thought BC was jobbed big time with the “traveling” call and the big time pounding that Smith took on several shot attempts down the stretch.

  4. class of '74 03/25/2006 at 10:19 AM #

    Just further confirmation this was a down year in the ACC. Only the 2nd time in 25 years we have nobody playing in the elite eight, very telling.

  5. BJD95 03/25/2006 at 10:28 AM #

    That one call in the BC game was bad. Washington had to overcome at least 3-4 similar calls (the foul when UConn’s PG fell down, untouched; the non-call on the blatant goaltend; UConn pushing UW rebounder out of bounds). Overall, the BC/Nova game was called fair. Even Billy Packer (for maybe the first time ever) heartily praised the refs for doing a good job calling such a tough, physical game.

  6. topoftheorder 03/25/2006 at 4:00 PM #


    I’m glad you said that about UConn’s refs. I thought I was watching a Duke or UNC game. I was getting pissed, and I didn’t care either way about the game until it was obvious the fix was in…Romar should have yelled,”What? The NCAA and CBS told you to make sure UConn went the distance?!?!”

  7. vtpackfan 03/25/2006 at 4:33 PM #

    With Pitt and SH looking less and less likely to take Herb off our hands, here’s what I now hope for. That Herb watched the Villanova/B.C. game on his big screen in his mansion. What he would have seen was real coaching on the part of Jay Wright. It was a match up of the traditional flex motion offense of BC against a four perimeter, one big man approach that Herb worships. What I saw, and what I hope Herb saw was advantages that Villanova guards made happen not because there were four of them, but what they did on the court together. Lowry plays defense first, drives inside by splitting double teams, and rebounds. Ray will occasionally take it to the hole to keep defense honest, but really balances Lowry skills with his outside game. Foye has the ability to score from anywhere. What I didn’t see was Villanova’s big men standing at the top of the key, or being pushed off the blocks trying to post up, effectively helping clog up driving lanes. Lastly, Coach Wright saw that BC’s physical, delibrate bounce pass game would produce some easy scores againt the smaller trapping defense the wildcats were used to. He did something that Sendek would never do, he inserted defensive substitutes, with the guys going in knowing that there were to play tough defense until the possession is over, or shot clock nearly run down. What’s the use of suiting these guys up if they can’t get in there in any situation? Although the score was still close, if one or two of Villanovas guards had fouled out before the inbounds play at the end, then BC is not so concerned with denying the perimeter and probably doesn’t give up an easy lay up.

  8. wopacker1980 03/26/2006 at 5:13 PM #

    Yes, there is justice.

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