Got through the first day of Twittering and it was not so different than live-blogging at the Big 12 tournament, except for the handy word limit that kept me from making each post,er, Tweet, too long. Of course there’s nothing to limit your amount of Tweets, so … the long-winded stay long-winded.
Also, while I generally think a person should be allowed to consume one cookie per game watched each day, that is not such a good idea when you see 16 games.
As for summing up the first day of the NCAA tournament, I don’t think anyone was too surprised by anything.
Texas and Georgia both went down, and for the historically inclined, here’s this tidbit: 10 years ago, both Gail Goestenkors and Andy Landers were coaching in the Final Four.
Whatever magic dust GG has been able to come up with in past seasons at Duke and then even least year at Texas, it was not to be found for the previous month as the Longhorns careened to the finish. Texas’ No. 6 seed was inflated, and the fact that No. 11 Mississippi State punctured the Longhorns was no big shock. Lot of work to still do in Austin, that’s for sure.
Every year in the NCAA tournament, we seem to get a first-round matchup whose time and location doesn’t hit us with the full absurdity until the game is actually under way. This year, that game was Marist of Poughkeepsie,N.Y., vs. Virginia of Charlottesville playing a game a million miles away from either, in Los Angeles, and starting around 11 p.m. Eastern time.
One remaining thought on Day 1 – you’ll find plenty of other thoughts at ESPN.com and Twitter as I pinball between all three places _ is to point out the surge of Kansas State forward Marlies Gipson in these final games of her career. Nationally, you probably have heard almost exclusively about K-State’s Shalee Lehning. However, Gipson has been a pillar for this team her whole career, and she’s been especially good in the last five games.
Saturday against Drexel, Gipson had 18 points on 8 of 10 shooting. She had 22 points in the Big 12 semifinals against Texas A&M, 14 points and 10 rebounds against Colorado in the Big 12 quarters, 21 points in the regular-season finale at Colorado, and a career-best 24 points in her home finale, against Texas.
In Gipson’s last three games, she is shooting 24 of 36 from the field (66.7 percent).