Saturday preview (and a bit of gloating)
We'll admit it, we let out quite a whoop here at GK Central when Murray State's last-second 15-footer gave one of our "Best Bets" a huge win. Mostly, though, we've spent most of the past 24 hours staring in awe as the events of an unprecedented day of Giant Killing drama unfolded. We told you, definitively, that this March would be a Killing season unlike any we'd seen. And Thursday's assassins didn't disappoint.
Consider this: Of the 16 games played on Thursday, 11 qualified for GK status. Three Davids actually pulled off the feat, which is a heck of a percentage when you look back at history. And that doesn't include a pair of victories by double-digit seeds that didn't count as GK wins -- Washington (because it's from the Pac-10) and Saint Mary's (because there wasn't a spread of at least five seeds). Add in the near-misses by Sam Houston State, Robert Morris and San Diego State, and Goliath was dodging stones everywhere he turned. Further, eight of the 11 potential Killers covered their point spreads, including six out of seven teams we labeled "Best Bets," "Worth a Long Look" or "Not Completely Crazy."
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