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March 26, 2010 |

The Swinging Bunt

Instant Classic in the West Region.  When Gus Johnson becomes a trending topic on Twitter at 1AM, you know something pretty awesome just happened.  Here’s hoping you had 1/10 the amount of energy the kids at Kansas State and Xavier played with and were able to stay awake for the heart-stopping drama that unfolded between the Wildcats and Musketeers in Salt Lake City.  After K-State jumped out to a quick lead in the first ten minutes or so, we saw two excellent teams who made it clear with their play – Frank Martin and Chris Mack’s guys came prepared to battle it out all night long… and they almost did.  It was College Basketball at its best.  It was as basic as it gets, K-State’s back-court of Pullen and Clemente, against Xavier’s back-court of Crawford and Holloway, both sets supported by high-caliber, rugged bigs.  Big shot after big shot, each team answering the other.  It began to start to have the feel of last year’s UConn-Syracuse 6OT game in the Big East Tournament.  Unfortunately we didn’t get there, but we did get to witness one of the best Tournament games in the last decade.  All of us awake to see it, that is.

Scanning the Blogosphere “Arenas to spend 30 days in halfway house.” Lucky to “zero” jail time for “Agent Zero.”

FanHouse: Kevin Blackistone claims, “Meyer’s Bully Act Embarrasses Florida.” Michael Hiestand “Oh my! Enberg leaves NCAA Hoops for Padres.” Wow, he started calling NCAA Tournament games in 1961 (Oscar Robertson was named MOP of the then 24-team tournament) and will call his last game Saturday night in Syracuse for East Regional Final between Kentucky and West Virginia.

BigLeagueStew:  “The upper deck at the old Yankee Stadium is now official no more.” Video included.

FanHouse: Bemidji State, everyone’s favorite D1 hockey team who doesn’t have a favorite D1 hockey team, is back in the 2010 NCAA Hockey Tournament.  Prediction: The Beavers will be Frozen Four-bound again!

Jezebel: The website that claims to be ‘Celebrity, Sex, Fashion, for Women.  Without Airbrushing.’  Pretty funny.  Deadspin linked up their “March Madness 2010: Pie vs. Cake Tournament.” Sounds tasty.

The Sporting Blog: Michael Tunison says, “Rex Ryan is the new Star Jones.” Haha, whoa.  Sexy Rexy has lost 40lbs and is reportedly down to 330lbs.  Haha.  Sexy Rexy.

Video of the Day

In case you missed it last night, Gus Johnson crushed it.  That means he’s awesome, folks.  “Crawford’s gotta hurry… ah… OHHHH!  He tied it! … Clemente, Clemente fires.. and we’re headed to double-overtime!  What a Game!  Instant Classic!

Tweets of the Day

D1scourse Blog Author, Patrick Stevens – D1scourse

To hell with the Final Four. I just want to see Pullen and Crawford play a game of H-O-R-S-E.

ESPN’s ‘The Sports Guy’ Columnist, Bill Simmons – sportsguy33

Thank you Xavier and K-State. What a ride. Gotta love any game that made Gus Johnson a Twitter trending topic.

ESPN College Basketball Insider, Andy Katz – ESPNAndyKatz

St. John’s needs a face, someone who is going to work New York, the hoop scene, the media, MSG, etc. That’s not Al’s thing. Editor, Brooks – SPORTSbyBROOKS

What some don’t realize is CBS could very well lose rights to 2011 March Madness, so Nantz being out is a real possibility regardless of Gus

Sports Illustrated NBA Writer, Chris Minnix – ChrisMannixSI

The difference between a good college coach and a good pro coach is Calipari. Screaming very effective in college. Tuned out in pro’s.

ESPN’s ‘The Sports Guy’ Columnist, Bill Simmons – sportsguy33

LBJ: “If I really wanted to be the scoring [champ] every single year — every single year — I could really do it. But it doesn’t matter.”

Yahoo! NBA Columnist, Adrian Wojnarowski – WojYahooNBA

Gilbert’s defense went on for nearly an hour in the court. Pretty impressive. That’s probably the most he’s ever played. Orioles Reporter, Brittany Ghiroli – Britt_Ghiroli

Trembley says no surprises in rotation. Announcement could come monday.

Former NFL Scout, friend of WNST, Daniel Jeremiah – MoveTheSticks

My only concern with having hard knocks in your camp is letting the rest of the league peek at the back end of your roster