Storming The Floor wraps up the first three games, the ones we were stupidly live blogging even though you couldn't see any of it.
#3 Xavier 73, #14 Georgia 61. This was the only exciting game of the first session. Georgia brought the energy early, as Sundiata Gaines and Terrance Woodbury led the Bulldogs to an eleven point lead early in the second half. But the Musketeers clamped down on defense, and went on a 18-3 run in the second half to take control of the game. A few late missed shots, free throws and turnovers sealed Georgia's fate. It's a shame really, as we will no longer be graced by Dennis Felton's sense of style. Xavier survives, and will play the Purdue/Baylor winner next.
#1 Kansas 85, #16 Portland State 61. Today it was the Vikings who were pillaged. Kansas dominated this game from the tipoff, and kept it out of reach even when PSU had decent runs. Four Jayhawks finished in double figures, led by Brandon Rush's 18. The Jayhawks will now await the UNLV-Kent State winner.
#5 Michigan State 72, #12 Temple 61.: Good defense by the Spartans in this game, but Temple simply could not shoot. Nearly 75% of the Owls' offense came from three players. None of those players were Dionte Christmas, who had just 3 points on 1-12 shooting, proving that the MSU defense is of the Festivus persuasion. Raymar Morgan had 15 on 7-9 shooting for the Spartans, who will face the Pitt-Oral Roberts winner on Saturday.
It just occurred to me that all three losing teams scored 61 points...freaky.