Get inside March Madness with SI.com's Luke Winn in the Tourney Blog, a daily journal of college basketball commentary, on-site reporting and reader-driven discussions.
3/22/2008 12:41:00 PM
Day 11: Airbrushing Your Way To The Sweet 16
OMAHA, Neb. -- The shoe pictured above belongs to Wisconsin forward Marcus Landry, who added the three sets of initials for his wife, Efueko Osagie-Landry, and two children, Marcus Jr. and Moriah. Whereas most shoe-customization in the college ranks is of the NikeID variety, Landry rocks the original Adidas airbrush.
Today, Landry, who's the most athletic member of the Badgers' frontcourt, will be charged with helping defend a pair of athletes -- Kansas State's Michael Beasley and Bill Walker -- whose repertoires go beyond anything UW had to face in the Big Ten this season. The Badgers are seeded third and the Wildcats are 11th, but the game feels almost like an even match given the way K-State knocked off USC on Thursday. The difference for UW might be that it has enough frontcourt depth to absorb the inevitably high number of fouls Beasley will draw on the blocks. I'm predicting a two-point Badger win, setting up a showdown with Georgetown in Detroit.
• In Tourney Blog pool business ... Joe Ursino of Philadelphia had 29 of 32 picks correct after the first two days and is alone in first place, which is rather impressive considering there were 5,490 completed brackets in our pool. I'm currently tied for a respectable (well, at least somewhat respectable) 302nd.
• The Tourney Playlist (curated by the folks at Gorilla vs. Bear) rolls on, one free mp3 at a time: Day 11's track is Iron and Wine's Innocent Bones. A nice, quiet tune for shaking off the cobwebs of a Friday night out in Omaha.
Thumbs down: CBS has reporters and cameras at sites all over America in an attempt to cover every conceivable angle of play and every worthwhile story.
Why, then, did the crew working UCLA's 51-49, second-round victory over Texas A&M neglect to examine the biggest non-call — in UCLA's favor — in the tournament?
UCLA, which benefited from egregious officials' calls in Pacific 10 regular-season and tournament play, got away with another hack job when Josh Shipp "blocked" a shot by A&M guard Donald Sloan with the Bruins clinging to a two-point lead in the final seconds. Shipp clearly grabbed Sloan's right arm and ripped the ball free. That allowed UCLA's Russell Westbrook to scoop up the loose ball and keep possession as time expired.
Afterward, the announcing crew never talked about the final play and CBS didn't show a single replay, which would have shown the foul.
That's an irresponsible job by CBS and another blown call that helped the Bruins prevail. The pattern is disturbing.