Sunday, March 28, 2010
In a tournament that has featured buzzer beaters, last second shots, overtimes and multiple double overtimes, it seemed unlikely a game in the Sweet 16 could top all the ones before it. However, that's just what the Xavier-Kansas State showdown accomplished this past Thursday. The game was ultimately decided in two overtimes, and when the madness finally subsided, Kansas State survived with an astounding 101-96 victory. This wasn't an ordinary game. Most times, college players from opposing teams who make a few clutch shots in the final minutes seconds is equivalent to a good finish, but that didn't describe this heavyweight battle. Kansas State's Denis Clemente and Jacob Pullen nailed three after three, only to be equalled by clutch three-pointers by Xavier's Terrell Holloway and Jordan Crawford. Every time it looked like one team was ready to seize the game, some one hit a clutch shot. The most amazing one came when Crawford, who dunked over NBA beast Lebron James in a basketball camp, hit a 40 footer with five seconds left. Crawford, along with Holloway, hit many of their shots from way out, setting fans out of their seats in awe of an incredible moment and game. The game was scintillating and captivating, but words cannot really describe it. To be a witness to such an inspiring and amazing show was an honor. I cannot imagine if I was actually there in the arena where the craziness took place. If there was any question before as to if this tournament will be one of the best of all time, this game brought it to that level. Will we see any more amazing games? Tune in to the rest of the tournament to find out. The madness of March is still upon us!