It’s Madness! Madness, I Say!
And It’s Not Even March
We’re getting to that glorious time of the year, when one game takes precedence over them all. One game, with that uniquely large ball, takes over office pools, Las Vegas parlors, television screens and conversations.
And it ain’t the Superbowl!
Soon, soon, college basketball takes over the stage with that form of insanity known in story and song, March Madness. And today, this very evening, the insanity began in earnest.
Reggie Redding had a career-high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead No. 21 Villanova to a 67-57 victory over No. 3 Pittsburgh on Wednesday night in the last college basketball game played in the Spectrum.
Dante Cunningham added 15 points for the Wildcats (16-4, 4-3), who beat a ranked team for the first time in five tries this season and they did it by coming up big on the boards and playing good perimeter defense in the second half.
You bet your sweet bippy they did. The defense in the last 15 minutes was awesome.
Oh, and in another game of little note, (formally) #1 ranked Duke got beat by Wake Forest.
James Johnson ‘s layup with 0.8 seconds remaining helped No. 6 Wake Forest upended No. 1 Duke 70-68 on Wednesday night.
Johnson finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds and freshman Al-Farouq Aminu had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Demon Deacons (17-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).