Crushed Optimists

We are twin brothers who grew up in Central Washington. This blog is devoted to the life of Seattle sports fans, as well as various other topics that we will espouse for your enjoyment. We could be called another OFFICIAL SEATTLE SEAHAWKS site, but we'll take our uneducated crack at the Mariners, Sonics, and Huskies as well. A Seattle Sports Blog? Must be the land... of crushed optimism!

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

NCAA Tourney - Sweet Sixteen Time!

Time to move on to the Sweet Sixteen. The wheat has been separated from the chaff (except for Wisconsin, but just let NC State handle them). Time for some fun...

4:10 PM PST - (1) Washington vs (4) Louisville
One of the two best games of this round. Look at Colin's preview for more in depth analysis. Suffice it to say that whichever team is more able to break the other's defensive intensity wins this game.

4:25 PM PST - (1) Illinois vs (12) Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Here's where a good story (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) comes to an end. Look for this game to be close for a half before Illinois puts it away.

6:40 PM PST - (6) Texas Tech vs (7) West Virginia

Not real excited about this game either. Texas Tech and Ronald Ross really took it to Gonzaga, and have played two excellent games in a row. West Virginia and Kevin Pitsnogle just took out Wake Forest. I don't know how this game will go, but I'm guessing it will look ugly.

6:55 PM PST - (2) Oklahoma St vs (3) Arizona

Best game of the second round outside the UW-Louisville matchup. Salim Stoudamire and Channing Frye's high scoring attack versus the pressure defense of Oklahoma St. Arizona has the guard edge, with Mustafa Shakur and Stoudamire having the quickness and shot selection over John Lucas and JamesOn Curry. Hassan Adams will be an x-factor, with his driving ability and athleticism potentially opening up shots for Stoudamire. Big battle will be down low, where Frye and Ivan Radenovic do battle with Joey Graham and Ivan McFarlin. Oklahoma St just killed Southern Illinois down low in winning their last game. Arizona should be able to bang, but Radenovic especially has to be willing to accept some contact. I give Arizona the edge in this one, unless Oklahoma St creates a defensive battle.

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