And the Sweet 16 is set

Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2008 by Travis Cody in

The 8 seed Mississippi State forced the front line players of 1 seed Memphis into severe foul trouble, and had the game tied at the eight minute time out in the second half. MSU kept it close for about three minutes, and then Memphis extended the lead to seven by creating turnovers with strong defensive pressure.

I'm surprised MSU didn't start fouling sooner. But credit Memphis for getting it done on the defensive end to overcome their own foul trouble and 15 of 32 from the free throw line.

Neither of the other two late games was competitive, as both 1 seed North Carolina and 3 seed Louisville advanced easily over 9 Arkansas and 6 Oklahoma, respectively.

So here's the Sweet 16, otherwise know as the regional semi finals:

East Regional:

4 Washington State vs 1 North Carolina
3 Louisville vs 2 Tennessee

Midwest Regional:

12 Villanova vs 1 Kansas
10 Davidson vs 3 Wisconsin

South Regional:

5 Michigan State vs 1 Memphis
3 Standford vs 2 Texas

West Regional:

12 Western Kentucky vs 1 UCLA
7 West Virginia vs 3 Xavier


  1. What honey? Happy Easter to you and Pam. Have you seen Pam this weekend? Just asking. :)

  1. Dixie says:

    Hope you and Pam and Mr. Tucker had a wonderful Easter.

    Memphis MUST make their free throws... they have the offense and defense down now the MUST work on the free throws this week or I'm afraid they will struggle with Michigan State. Let me tell you I was on pins and needles the entire game... but they did it...

    GO TIGERS GO!!!!

  1. Travis says:

    Sandee: She's been right here next to me, enjoying the whole spectacle with me.

    Dix: I think that poor free throw shooting is going to get them next weekend.

  1. Grandy says:

    Happy Easter Travis!! You have been busy, haven't you?

  1. Go Tarheels.

    Just one thing. How much pressure do you need to create an apple fritter? Is there a recipe book or playbook for that somewhere?
    "then Memphis extended the lead to seven by creating turnovers with strong defensive pressure."

    I find the strangest things here.

  1. Bond says:

    Incredible recaps for the weekend Travis....Nicely done...and gonna have to find some of that caramel corn....

  1. DrillerAA says:

    As an OU alumni living in Arkansas, I don't have to tell you that it was not a good basketball week-end.
    I do think that three of the top seeds simply looked better than anyone else. I would not be suprised to see UCLA as the first No. 1 seed to go home. NC was just devastating!!! Memphis is extremely quick and athletic, while Kansas seems to have talent at every position.
    I look for the winner of the KU/NC matchup in the final four to win it all.

  1. DrillerAA says:

    By the way, when did free throw shooting become such a lost art? I mean Arkansas hasn't been able to shoot free throws since 1990, but this year it seems to have spread through the tournament like the flu.

  1. Travis says:

    Grandy: I got a little excited by the games. Hehehehehee.

    Mimi: I can report that I have picked UNC to win the whole tournament.

    V: The caramel corn was most outstanding.

    Drilleraa: I agree about UCLA. I don't think they are healthy enough to make a run. As for free throw shooting, they don't show that hi-light on Sports Center. LOL!

  1. DrillerAA says:

    They show the highlight of someone missing the front end of a one and one that costs his team the game!

  1. You're gonna ban me from your blog, but, I'll risk it anyway... can we talk about baseball yet? The Indians? Can we talk about the Indians??? I've been missing them ;-) Baseball... not yet? dang it!