- The Washington Times - Monday, March 23, 2009

WEEKEND REWIND: IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Vasquez runs mouth, Memphis runs Maryland: A day before 10th-seeded Maryland faced Final Four contender Memphis in the second round, Terps guard Greivis Vasquez decided it was the right time to tell reporters the Tigers wouldn’t have a winning record in the ACC. He was the butt of a national joke 24 hours later as Memphis rolled past Maryland and into the Sweet 16. While he decides whether to enter the NBA Draft, Vasquez may want to consider whether he wants humiliation as his last image in a Maryland uniform.

Capitals 2-2 on road trip: Despite falling to the Hurricanes on Saturday, the Caps are keeping pace with New Jersey for the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference, which could mean avoiding Sidney Crosby and the Penguins in the first round. Despite a 3-1 record against Pittsburgh in the regular season, here’s betting most Caps fans would rather see a matchup with Carolina, the New York Rangers or Montreal.

TWT FIVE: NCAA TOURNAMENT LESSONS LEARNED

1. The Big East is good — It may not be the best conference of all time, but No. 6 seeds Marquette and West Virginia were the only teams among the conference’s seven not to advance to the Sweet 16.

2. The ACC is not — Fans of ACC schools boasted the conference was rated No. 1 in the RPI this season, but its supposed depth was exposed. North Carolina and Duke were the only schools to survive the second round.

3. You can never pick enough 5-12 upsets — Nearly every year a No. 12 seed wins a first-round game. This year was no different, with three No. 5 seeds going down.

4. CBS knows what it’s doing — For all the criticism CBS takes, there’s no doubt the network has perfected the art of switching from game to game when there are two close contests. Saturday night featured Texas-Duke and Gonzaga-Western Kentucky in tight games, and viewers did not miss a single important play.

5. Stick with chalk early — Wake Forest and Washington were the only seeds No. 4 or better not to make it past the first weekend.

HE SAID WHAT?

“It shows I’ve been consistent at what I’ve been doing, and the next guy is my illegitimate father — Wilt Chamberlain — so just like in Star Wars, hopefully I can catch up to my father.” — Shaquille O’Neal on becoming the No. 5 scorer in NBA history

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