And you wondered why anyone would build a five-car garage.
Someday, we'll put AP college basketball writer Jim O'Connell on camera to deliver his picks in person. Fortunately, this is not that day. Here's the selectively edited transcript instead:
"Close your eyes. I promise I won't steal anything. Now remember Christian Watford's 3-pointer at the buzzer to seal Indiana's 73-72 win over Kentucky in December, the Wildcats' first loss of the season. Can you see it? Good.
"Now forget you ever did. The payback is going to be ugly. The Hoosiers won't have a 3-pointer that matters after the opening minutes.
"I know I said I would pick Indiana the rest of the tournament, but a revenge rematch against Kentucky? No ... can ... do.
"Now if the Hoosiers win," he concluded breezily, "I swear that I'll pick them the rest of the way."
STAT OF THE DAY
If either No. 1 Carolina or No. 2 Kansas makes it to the Final Four, STATS LLC will be the first to salute a remarkable run of consistency. Since 1985, when the tournament expanded to 64 teams, no more than two consecutive years have gone by without one or the other in the Final Four. The Tar Heels and Jayhawks have been there three times together over that span — 2008, 1993, and 1991 — but that can't happen this year with both in the Midwest region.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I think that was the best game anybody has ever played against us and didn't beat us." — Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, after the Orange escaped Wisconsin 64-63.
At TD Garden
Syracuse 64, Wisconsin 63
Ohio State 81, Cincinnati 66
At US Airways Center
Louisville 57, Michigan State 44
Florida 68, Marquette 58
At The Georgia Dome
Baylor (29-7) vs. Xavier (23-12)
Kentucky (34-2) vs. Indiana (27-8)
At Edward Jones Dome
North Carolina (31-5) vs. Ohio (29-7)
N.C. State (24-12) vs. Kansas (29-6)
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