What’s wrong with the men?
Here was my schedule Friday night in New Orleans for the NCAA women’s regional. We wrote in our hotel rooms until about 7:20 p.m. That means I got to catch the first half of Wisconsin-Davidson and Texas-Stanford, which down here they kept swapping back and forth on the CBS affiliate.
Decent games at halftime. Texas was up nine, but it was interesting. Wisconsin-Davidson was tied.
But we were starved, so we went out for dinner. There’s a place down south of the Garden District, Pasqual’s Manale, that we wanted to try. We ate there during the Sugar Bowl a few years back, and it’s very good. Italian, seafood type of place.
Anyway, I thought it would be good timing, because I figured we’d have to wait, and we could watch basketball. I remembered they had a large lobby with a television — waiting for a table, that’s where I watched Dallas lose at Carolina in the 2003 NFL playoffs.
Turns out, we didn’t miss much. Davidson dominated the second half, winning 73-56, and Texas spurted away from Stanford 82-62. But we got to see the ends, and we knew the better games would follow.
While we ate, I went back out and checked the scores. Kansas was up 26-10 on Villanova and Memphis led Michigan State 16-11. Uh-oh. Only one good game. Then when we left, it was halftime. Memphis led Michigan State 50-20. Final scores: Kansas won 72-57, and Memphis won 92-74.
Eight Sweet 16 games, only two worth watching. Western Kentucky rallied to make a game of it against UCLA before losing 88-78, and Xavier’s overtime win over West Virginia was a classic. But the rest were duds.
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