NCAA Tournament Day 3 blog: March Madness in full swing

Published: Saturday, March 23 2013 10:20 a.m. MDT

Matt (4:31 p.m.) — Sorry for some of my previous posts disappearing, readers. Technical issues. I'm sure Harvard can relate right now.

Impressed with how Arizona planned their start to this game. Didn't give Harvard a chance to get any flow, confidence, anything. Incredibly important against a team defying the odds with nothing to lose.

To briefly recap some of my lost entries from earlier today, Michigan looks way better than a No. 4 seed right now. Assuming Kansas advances, that game should be a better clash than the seedings would indicate. That and Mitch McGary, a 21-year-old freshman, is trending. Great day for the Wolverines.

Great day for the state of Michigan in general. If/when the Spartans are eliminated, they'll leave some bruises on the last team they play. On a side note, the flagrant foul calls need to be toned down. If Nix doesn't commit a foul that hard on 6-foot-9, 262-pound Tarik Black, it's an and-one. Don't over-punish a kid for actually preventing the basket.

Speaking of the Tigers, it's too bad D.J. Stephens isn't four inches taller. He's the new Paul McPherson: freak athlete that's just too short for the pros.

Landon (3:41 p.m.) — Home teams have really enjoyed an advantage in this year's tournament. Michigan and Michigan State made easy work of their third round opponents. I'm looking to see if the trend holds tonight with the other teams, namely, California.

Home court advantage was one aspect of the madness I completely neglected when I filled out my bracket, but looking back now, Cal's win, Michigan and Michigan State's wins and a few others have made me look sort of ridiculous. But then again, everyone looks sort of ridiculous with this year's tournament.

I'm changing my dark horse pick to Gonzaga. I'm sure you're thinking, "How can you dark horse a no. 1 seed?" Well, I really give no credit at all to the West Coast Conference, and I have the Zags going down in the Sweet 16 in my bracket. But the feel of this tournament, not to mention all the upsets, definitely favors Gonzaga going forward.

On a side note, my wife is really happy Michigan State won. She has them taking it all.

Matt (12:32 p.m.) — Whether it's Kansas or North Carolina (picked Kansas), whoever advances is going to have their hands full with Michigan. McGary is a beast inside and their guards are on an extended heat check.

Speaking of guards, playmaker fans need to tune into the next game (Memphis-Michigan State). Keith Appling and Joe Jackson usually determine the outcome for their respective teams, and that's going to be magnified when they go head-to-head.

Don't forget, they've got history between them on the Team USA U-19 squad.

And just to remind everyone of how their bracket looks, how about a strikethrough goodbye to Virginia Commonwealth?

Memphis has lost once in its last 26 games. The best teams they've played in those games? Saint Mary's (last round) and...Harvard?

The Spartans (obviously) played much tougher competition, losing to Indiana, Ohio State and Michigan. They beat OSU and Michigan earlier in the year, and also logged wins against Wisconsin, Minnesota and Kansas.

Have to think battle-hardened MSU takes this one. Then again, I thought battle-hardened and physically imposing Wisconsin would beat Ole Miss for the same reasons.

12:02 p.m. — Hardaway Jr. definitely got that cross-over jumper from his dad. He absolutely did not get the reverse, two-handed windmill jam from his dad. Wolverine guards have taken over, simply picking VCU apart with drive-and-kicks, dribble penetration.

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