Friday, March 21, 2008

Tampa's upset city

Welcome to Tampa. Otherwise known as Upset City. Or Overtime Town.
Whatever, the two West Regional games played this afternoon at St. Pete Times Forum have made this regional site the place to be in the NCAA tournament.

But that might not bode well for Clemson, the Midwest Region's fifth seed which plays No. 12 Villanova tonight at about 9:50.

Both afternoon games went to overtime and they were both upsets, with No. 12 Western Kentucky blowing a 16-point second-half lead against No. 5 Drake before winning 101-99. Then, 13th-seed San Diego stunned No. 4 Connecticut 70-69.

Both games were decided by last-second shots. The Hilltoppers got a 3-pointer by Ty Rogers as the buzzer sounded to beat Drake. Then the Toreros' De'Jon Jackson hit a 16-footer with 1.2 seconds left in overtime to send the Huskies home.

The Midwest Region's evening session begins with No. 4 Vanderbilt going against No. 13 Sienna. The Saints are a popular pick to upset the Commodores.

That would be three for the day. Going on four? Clemson hopes not. --David Scott