Thursday, March 15, 2007

More first-round struggles for Knight

Impressions from the first afternoon of the NCAA basketball tournament:

- If it seems that Bob Knight-coached teams don't make it past the first round very often, it's because they don't. His Texas Tech and Indiana teams have won just five games in their last 10 tournament appearances.

- Butler guard A.J. Graves might be the best player you've never heard of. He's a great shooter and playmaker and he pushes the ball up court faster than anybody this side of North Carolina's Ty Lawson. His game is reminiscent of former Kansas point guard Kirk Hinrich.

- It's probably OK for teams like North Carolina (playing in Winston-Salem), UCLA (Sacramento, Calif.) and Memphis (New Orleans) to stay close to home in the first and second rounds. Their high seeds can justify it. But for sixth-seeded Louisville to play in Lexington, Ky., was unfair to Stanford and will be on Saturday for No. 3 Texas A&M. -- David Scott