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Smack / Mar 19, 2010 / 3:33 am

5 Upsets, 4 Overtimes And A Buzzer Beater: The Greatest Basketball Day Of The Year

BYU's Jimmer Fredette

It doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of the NBA, NCAA or high school – great basketball is great basketball. And yesterday has to go down as one of the greatest days in hoops history. Ever. Take for example the first four games of the day: you had a one point game, a buzzer beater for an upset, an overtime scare and a double overtime thriller. Only if Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery called all four games, could you have asked for anything better … If you were on the site at all yesterday, then you know the Dime crew was on top of everything. So we’ll try and bring some new thoughts and observations to Smack … Let’s start with BYU’s Jimmer Fredette. First of all, we knew about this kid all season – especially after he dropped 49 at Arizona back in December. But apparently some people still hadn’t received the scouting report. E-mail from one of our boys after the game: “I googled that dude who went bonkers against Florida to see what else he’s done. I had no idea that this guy even existed. Have you seen this clip?!” For a guy who’s favorite actor is Denzel Washington, he certainly went Man on Fire on the Gators … In the next group of games, for a team that was supposed to be a sleeper, UTEP simply fell asleep after going into halftime with 33-27 lead over Butler. After the break, the Bulldogs went on a 22-4 run led by Shelvin Mack, who hit five 3-pointers in the first 11 minutes, finishing with a career high-tying 25 points. Alright, so after winning 21 games in a row, perhaps it’s time to stop sleeping on Butler … In the third set of games, it was all about Georgetown. Giving up the most points they’ve ever given up in 70 NCAA tournament games, the Hoyas simply got smacked. And as you can imagine, the Twitterverse went wild. From Syracuse’s Jonny Flynn (@J_Flynn) to Georgetown’s Jeff Green (@jeff_green22): “MESSAGE: hey jeff this is jonny. I was wondering if you cud give me an update on the Gtown game. I been kind of busy. Lata.” In response, this is all he had to say: “sorry jeff green is not on twitter at the moment can you leave a message after the beep…..BBEEEEEPPPPPP!!!..don’t mention my hoyas plz lol.” Classic … While Georgetown’s Greg Monroe said after the game that he will return to school next year, don’t put much weight behind that statement. Posting 19 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks in the loss, it’s more likely that the next time we’ll see Monroe is shaking David Stern‘s hand this June … The other good game in that time slot – besides UNLV/Northern Iowa which ended like THIS – was the Marquette/Washington game. One of the last teams in the tournament, the Huskies were no lock to pull the upset. Even President Obama didn’t think so. After taking it to the rack and hitting a double-clutch banker to win the game, Quincy Pondexter told CBS’ Bob Wenzel afterwards, “Sorry, President Obama, for ruining your bracket.” Somehow we doubt Q is getting an invite to summer runs at the White House … For the last set, NBA scouts must have been glued to their televisions: Wake Forest’s Al-Farouq Aminu, Texas’ Damion James and Avery Bradley, New Mexico’s Darrington Hobson and Kansas’ Xavier Henry, Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich are all NBA prospects and all were in action. The most exciting finish of the bunch was surely Texas/Wake Forest who went in the last 70 seconds, saw C.J. Harris blocked on the break by Bradley, only to have Gary Johnson‘s dunk attempt blocked at the rim by L.D. Williams. Missed free throws in both regulation and overtime lost the game for Texas … In case you were wondering, Aldrich is the son of Eric Montross, the brother of Joel Przybilla and the cousin of Raef LaFrentz. Oh yeah, and Greg Ostertag is his great uncle … Although we were utterly consumed with March Madness, there was also a doubleheader in the NBA. Perhaps it was the highlights of him back in college, but Vince Carter (27 pts, 6 asts) played some inspired basketball last night. After blowing a 12-point lead over the last five minutes of regulation, the Magic escaped to OT after Dwyane Wade‘s three-point attempt at the buzzer was just a tad better than UNLV’s – and they couldn’t even get off an attempt before the buzzer. Wade (36 pts, 10 rebs, 7 asts) did everything he could, but Rashard Lewis continued his solid play of late with 24 points and 11 rebounds, including the clinching three-pointer with 28.4 seconds left … E-mail from Dime’s Austin Burton during the game: “I think I just saw Timbaland sitting courtside at the Heat/Magic game. But if that was him, he looks like he ate Magoo” … As for the Nuggets and Hornets, this game was over before it began. Even with Kenyon Martin out, the Nuggets led 62-37 at halftime, as J.R. Smith had 17 points off the bench in 13 minutes. But in the second half it was all ‘Melo, as he finished with 26 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. The Nuggets are now 30-5 at home, tied with the Lakers for second-best in the NBA to Cleveland’s 30-4 mark, making them a very dangerous team come playoff time … Make sure you come back later today for all our coverage of the second day of the NCAA Tournament, as well as the announcement of the winning new nickname for Gilbert Arenas … We’re out like Georgetown in the next round …

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  • BUDZ

    FIRST AND FOREMOST!!

  • solomon

    “Aldrich is the son of Eric Montross, the brother of Joel Przybilla and the cousin of Raef LaFrentz. Oh yeah, and Greg Ostertag is his great uncle”

    LOL…

  • porkpiehat

    Nugs and Hornets in the playoffs last year was an all time embarrasment. More of the same tonight. The Hornets can fire coaches and GM’s til the cows come home but their shitty owner will continue to ruin their future and fan base. See also;

    Clippers
    Grizzlies
    Warriors
    Hawks
    Suns
    Wolves

    Cheapskate, incompetent jerk-off owners are hurting the league, here’s to hoping the huge Russian guy actually cares about the Nets and their fan.

  • BRUCE

    Jimmer is like a roach, running and gunning all over the place!

  • BRUCE

    Dime — Yo forgot to mention The Hunch-Back (#44) from Notre Dame, whom scored 4 points total! And two of those were in the last seconds!

  • ab_40

    melo = ballin he’s all nba 1st team this year over dirk… don’t believe me? check the stats.

    Dwight, Melo, Lebron, Kobe and either dwayne wade or deron williams if the jazz end the season on a 10 game winning streak.

    melo is 1st team all nba this year. the playoffs are gonna be great.

    go jersy haha

  • 3ple2ble (aka solomon)

    Jimmer Fredette is the son of Chris Mullin, the brother of JJ Reddick and the cousin of Wally Szczerbiak. Oh yeah, and Drazen Petrovic is his great uncle.

  • http://www.pewakur.com Oo

    wrong conference dumbass…

  • ctkennedy

    kobe the one that shouldnt be on the first team
    1st team should be
    chauncey billiups
    deron williams
    dwight howard
    carmelo athony
    lebron james
    2nd team
    kobe bryant
    rajon rando
    dirk nowitzki
    carlos boozer
    kevin durant
    3rd team
    dwayne wade
    steve nash
    tim duncan
    chris bosh
    josh smith

  • RonNation

    fredette has a sick crossover step back 3

  • Jules

    lol@ any reference of “Magoo”

  • Randomized

    @ctken

    that is worst list ive seen ever.

  • LAballer

    @ctken

    i suggest you stop watching basketball in its entirety and just kill yourself..twice

  • control

    ctkennedy

    Which NBA are you watching? Two point guards and two small forwards on first team?

  • http://facebook.com/Mr.Brogden Mr. Brogden

    LEHIGH was hangin’ tough for a minute.

    And then ALL DEM DAMN STUDS started gettin’ loose.
    (sorry for ebonics but Kansas is loaded)

    That was kinda krazy.

    I was hoping McCollum lit ‘em up early but KU stuck on him like GLU.

    Damn! I can’t wait for the NBAs Big Dance.

    Ummm DIME – your literary license is REVOKED…didn’t even offer even the slightest of slight indications that you were JOKING.

    “In case you were wondering, Aldrich is the son of Eric Montross, the brother of Joel Przybilla and the cousin of Raef LaFrentz. Oh yeah, and Greg Ostertag is his great uncle.”

    If I hear this “RUMOR” the next time on the court, I’m suing you guys. jk

  • danocasa

    Dime-
    how can you say the most exciting finish was wake/texas? that was basically a toss up game. You guys mentioned it in the title, but didnt say anything about the ACTUAL buzzer-beating shot by that dude on murray st. to beat vandy by one. that was a great shot.

  • http://facebook.com/Mr.Brogden Mr. Brogden

    @9 CTKennedy – your list aint that bad.

    I definitely would put LBJ and Melo on 1st team. Let Melo be the 3.

    I can’t even argue with Dwight.

    I’d put Aaron Brooks and Kevin Durant on there.
    Let Durant be the 2.

    If all of us came up with a list, alot of those names you put on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd teams would show up on other lists (but not in the same 1st, 2nd, or 3rd squads)

    So it’s not like your opinion is off-base.

  • control

    CTKennedy

    Don’t listen to the good Mr. Brogden. Your opinion IS off-base.

  • DemonDeac

    No mention of ISH SMITH??? Dude has hit FIVE, that’s right FIVE buzzer beaters in his career at Wake Forest–none bigger than last night!!

    Also, he is faster than John Wall. Just wait.

  • Nautic

    Dime:

    Can you guys please try and explain this video?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab9aoQkMVls&feature=player_embedded

    It seems all is not well in Atlanta, at least between bibby and smith….

  • ctkennedy

    @control
    all nba teams r consist of 2guards 1center 2forwards who would yours be

  • ctkennedy

    @control duncan,garnett,or dirk would make first team all the time they r all power forwards

  • LakeShow84

    @ CTKennedy

    Dwade on the 3rd team??

    Yeah you buggin.. Look at the game Dwade played last night and please explain how Billups makes it before him.. win/loss record dont matter for ALlNba..

    Please please explain..

  • LakeShow84

    Stillllll waitiiinnnnnnnn lol

  • K Dizzle

    @ Lakeshow

    ain’t no explanation comin for Flash bein 3rd team lol, just like why are there no all-nba 2nd and 3rd team centers. For example, Amare, Lopez or Bogut…

    @ Dime
    since it’s March Madness, we need an All “shoulda stayed in school” team
    I’ll start with Austin Daye…

  • ctkennedy

    @lakeshow we all know wade is a better player than billiups no question about that but wins/losses factor in too every award that has to do with the nba just like last yr when wade was havin a better season then everybody in the league and kobe made first team over wade
    or the yr kobe avg 35 and finish 4th in the mvp votin so winnin means everythin to the league

    @kdizzle i said thats how the all nba teams should be i know u got to have a center