The most improbable statistic of all the improbable statistics for me -- who ever would have imagined West Virginia scoring 111 points? -- was the line for Mountaineers forward Mike Gansey, playing in his hometown of Cleveland, who scored almost 2/3 of his points in the two overtimes. His aggressive drive to the basket in the second overtime was the key play in a panoply of key plays because it fouled out Wake Forest's star point guard Chris Paul. Watching West Virginia tonight, it's hard to believe they almost didn't make the tournament. Then again, people have been saying all year that the Demon Deacons' defense would prove to be their undoing. I can't imagine Duke giving up that many points, no matter how many overtimes are played. We have another day of basketball ahead of us tomorrow, but I'm certain that this one will be considered the game of the first weekend.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, Wake Forest's loss further confirms the abject failure of my bracket. At least I was right on Utah. Of course, I don't imagine that there were too many people who picked the Mountaineers for the Sweet 16.