When it comes to late-game drama, Thursday night, the first night of the NCAA men's basketball tournament's Sweet Sixteen, was about as uneventful as it gets. The four favorites all covered the spread and won easily, giving us two regions on Saturday night with one versus two matches in the Elite Eight, which should be incredible...hopefully, as incredible as Thursday night was uneventful.
About the only drama was on the final garbage, dribble-out-the-clock basket of the Kansas-Maryland game, in which Frank Mason III sent totals bettors into a tizzy if they got on the number for that game at 142.
(And anyone who doesn't think he knows the spread and total of these games only needs to watch how long the referees spent reviewing a buzzer-beating basket that made the final score a 16-point margin.)
How boring was the first night of the Sweet Sixteen? Well, the biggest topic on Twitter in Houston, the city that will be hosting the Final Four next weekend, was this somewhat, um, questionable Instagram effort by J.J. Watt...
Yeah, it was that kind a of night.
In one of the two early games, Oklahoma rolled up Texas A&M 77-63. That house money that the Aggies were playing with thanks to their 12-point, 44-second comeback on Sunday night? Well, that house money was pilfered at the door by the Sooner backcourt of Buddy Hield and Jordan Woodard, who combined for 39 points, more than enough to choke out the Aggies, whose two leading scorers, Jalen Jones and Danuel House, picked a bad night to go 7 for 24 from the field.
It took approximately 15 seconds for Baylor to troll the Aggies and remind everyone that they've made the Elite Eight twice in the last seven years...
Hey, Baylor, just a reminder: You lost to Yale one week ago, and didn't get out of the round of 64. Also, there are roughly a few dozen basketball schools that are laughing about what braggadocios you are about not making the Final Four. Your tweet is more of a commentary on how shitty the state of Texas has been in college basketball the past seven years than on how awesome Baylor's been.
So now Houston, and the state of Texas, will host a Final Four with no Texas teams involved, like a teetotaler hosting a keg party. Hopefully, Friday brings us closer games...or more bizarre J.J. Watt pictures.
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