Friday, March 21, 2003

Sandwiched between some exciting games in the early afternoon and some thrillers at the end of the night came two and a half hours of buzzkill. Rick Pitino successfully returned to the NCAA's, coaching Louisville to a blow-out over Austin Peay. Pitt was even more dominant in ousting the only school from New York City in the tournament, Wagner; with LA, Chicago, Dallas and Detroit unrepresented in this year's dance, and Philadelphia, Houston, and San Diego having had their schools ousted, the largest city with a team left is at number 12, Indianapolis. Michigan State continued its hot run, easily sidestepping Colorado. The only game that was remotely competitive featured the remaining Atlantic 10 squad, Xavier, edging a scrappy Troy St. team.


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