Dribble grabs lead of charity pool

After a few rounds of domination by Hawthorne Wingo, Dribble seized control of the top spot Thursday night in Jabin’s March Madness Charity Pool.

Dribble’s bracket had all four Thursday winners — Gonzaga, Purdue, Texas Tech, and Virginia — picked correctly, good for 12 points for the round and 68 points overall. Five points back, there is a three-way tie between David Turner, Amy C, and the aforementioned Mr. Wingo at 63. NovaGuy1985 is alone at 62 points, followed by ChaChaRito at 61, and a 7-way tie at 60 points.

Four more great games on tap for Friday, and just like Thursday they are worth 3 points each.

Complete standings after Thursday’s play are available here.

No offense, Michigan, but that was bad

So everyone said that the Michigan-Texas Tech game on Thursday night would be a low-scoring affair, and I had no reason not to believe them. But this? Michigan had 16 points at the half, and Texas Tech got its offense rolling in the second half to cruise to a 19-point victory. With the Wolverines’ loss, both teams that played in last year’s championship game are now out.

Zags hold off ‘Noles

Gonzaga and Florida State played an interesting game. Gonzaga had the lead for all but less than a minute of the game, and usually double digits. But late in the second half, FSU made a nice run and scared the heck out of the Zags. But Gonzaga rolled off 7 straight points down the stretch to pull away late, but make no mistake, FSU made the No. 1 seed sweat this one.

Boilermakers’ Backcourt was Ballin’

How hot was Purdue’s Ryan Cline down the stretch? He hit three 3-pointers in the final few minutes and a career-high 27 points (nice timing, kid) to help the Boilermakers get to overtime after blowing a huge lead against Tennessee. This after his backcourt teammate Carsen Edwards torched Villanova for 42 points on Saturday, and then chipped in a mere 29 tonight. That’s some backcourt the Boilermakers have. Some questionable shooting and pretty suspect play by the Vols in OT ended their season, and Purdue rolled on to the Elite 8. Tennessee’s loss was the first for the 1 and 2 seeds inl what has been a pretty predictable March Madness so far.

Jabin White