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Live blogging: Penn vs. Texas, Round 1

By Brian | March 17, 2006 | Share on Facebook

CBS is showing free, live streaming video of all the games, so even though the Penn game doesn’t rate national television, I’m still able to watch it live. Here’s the scoop:

NCAA Tournament – Round 1
University of Pennsylvania vs. University of Texas
Dallas, Texas

1ST HALF

6:34 left to play: Penn 14, Texas 13
Yes, really. Even more amazing: Penn has 4 3-pointers and 2 foul shots. They haven’t made a 2-point shot yet.

3:41 left to play: Penn 16, Texas 16
They finally got a 2-point basket and they’re holding their own against Texas. I’m sure this will all fall apart in the end, but for now, WOW!!!

1:59 left to play: Penn 19, Texas 18
They are playing amazing defense. No fast breaks. No lay-ups. Double-teaming the best guys, and then getting back to cover their own men when he passes it off. Quote from the announcers: “Who would have thought…”

1:00 left to play: Penn 22, Texas 20
That’s two more 3-pointers for Penn. Unbelievable…

HALFTIME: Penn 23, Texas 22
YOWZA!!! And for those who care, the Penn Band’s version of “Fight On, Pennsylvania” is drowning out the Dallas, TX crowd. Go Band!!!

SECOND HALF

Penn is shooting 28% to Texas’ 38%, but they are 6/14 in 3-pointers. The bad news is, I think we might have pissed them off. Here we go…

18:10 left to play: Penn 25, Texas 25
Texas keeps shooting & missing, but they keep getting the rebounds. Penn better start hitting their shots, or this could get ugly…

16:35 left to play: Penn 25, Texas 27
Fast break…Penn missed a 3-pointer and Texas took the rebound coast-to-coast…

15:20 left to play: Penn 25, Texas 29
Texas made two foul shots, Penn couldn’t get a shot off before the shot clock ran out, and then they fouled Texas again. The crowd’s getting into it now. Penn needs a 3-pointer to turn the momentum tide RIGHT NOW…

14:30 left to play: Penn 28, Texas 31
Texas made two more foul shots, but Penn got that 3-pointer, and now Texas turned it over. Very cool…

13:14 left to play: Penn 28, Texas 31
No scoring, but the Penn guy was just rolling around on the floor with the ball, while the Texas guys tried to take it away. IVY BALL!!! Such a familiar sight… ;-)

10:00 left to play: Penn 31, Texas 38
If there were quarters, this would be the 4th. They’ve still got the lead, but the game’s not out of reach. Penn just has to stay close, and then get lucky at the end. This is the best they could have hoped for at this point…

8:49 left to play: Penn 36, Texas 39
Gotta love those 3-pointers. One more & we’re back to square one. Let’s go Quakers! Announcer quote: “Penn will not go away…”

7:48 left to play: Penn 36, Texas 41
They got a rare fast break & put one in. But Penn has two foul shots coming now (they’re in commercial)

7:48 left to play: Penn 38, Texas 41
WOOOSH!! WOOOSH!!!

6:19 left to play: Penn 40, Texas 41
PENN with a fast break. Can you believe this? 3-Point scoring right now is Penn 27, Texas 3. Time out, Penn. GO BAND!!!

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Just turned on CBS. They’re still showing the UNC game, but the Penn score is now one of the three running totals at the top (to be fair, it’s probably because all the Texas fans are curious about their #2 seed, not all the Ivy League viewers, but still…)

5:00 left to play: Penn 40, Texas 43
Texas got a layup. Penn just lost the ball. Uh oh…

3:49 left to play: Penn 40, Texas 45
…and Texas has two foul shots coming. Penn just missed a 3-pointer. Like I said, they have to get lucky at the end. Still a chance, but it’s getting dimmer. Porten’s right – this is going to be a heartbreaker. I’m just not sure I know who’s heart right now…

(EDITOR’S NOTE: UNC has 38 seconds to play. I bet they switch to the Penn game on CBS when the UNC game ends…)

3:32 left to play: Penn 42, Texas 47
Penn made two foul shots. Now they’re trying a full court press. Foul on Penn… Ah, well.

3:10 left to play: Penn 42, Texas 49
Two more foul shots for Texas. These guys just don’t miss…

2:00 left to play: Penn 42, Texas 49
I think Penn’s starting to unravel. They’re pressing inside, rather than trying to find the 3-pointer. Texas keeps taking the ball away inside.

1:22 left to play: Penn 45, Texas 51
Jabber just made his first 3-pointer of the half. Maybe someone on the bench is reading my blog. ;-) Anyway, it still looks bleak, but it ain’t over yet…

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Funny, the announcer keeps saying, “let’s go back to Greg Gumbel” and then keeps talking. It just occurred to me that the TV broadcast probably breaks back to Gumbel, but the Internet feed is not going to leave this game…)

1:00 left to play: Penn 45, Texas 51
Penn did a great job of trapping Texas, but couldn’t get the ball. Finally, they fouled. Now Texas has two foul shots…

52.8 seconds left to play: Penn 45, Texas 52
Texas made one of them. Penn drove right to the basket & missed. Penn trapped them in the backcourt and they called timeout. Great trapping, but it’s costing valuable time. I would think they’d run down the court, take a 3-pointer, and then foul right away…

35.8 seconds left to play: Penn 45, Texas 52
Same thing: great trapping – took Texas almost to the limit to get the ball over the half court line, and then Penn fouled. So they succeeded, but it cost them 27 seconds. I don’t get it…

30.8 seconds left to play: Penn 47, Texas 54
Texas made them both, but Jabber just made a shot and got fouled. Missed the foul shot, though…

28.6 seconds left to play: Penn 47, Texas 56
Another two foul shots.

23.5 seconds left to play: Penn 49, Texas 56
A field goal for Penn. Band is playing Cheer, Pennsylvania. They stack up nicely to the Texas band, who I’m sure does more rehearsing. Nice job, guys…

14 seconds left to play: Penn 52, Texas 58
Another time out. Texas band is playing a smokin’ version of “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad…” Penn needs some unanswered 3-pointers, and I mean NOW Unfortunately, they don’t have the ball…

10.7 seconds left to play: Penn 52, Texas 60
Two more foul shots. Dunphy is subbing in some other players (so they can say they played in the game).

GAME OVER: FINAL SCORE: Penn 52, Texas 60.

What. A. Game.

Hurrah for the Red and the Blue….

Topics: Sports Talk, University of Pennsylvania | 10 Comments »

10 Responses to “Live blogging: Penn vs. Texas, Round 1”

  1. Jeff Porten says at March 17th, 2006 at 11:13 pm :
    11:11 PM: I smell a heartbreaker.

  2. Brian says at March 17th, 2006 at 11:31 pm :
    OK, glad someone’s watching. At least I’m not screaming into the wind…

  3. Jeff Porten says at March 17th, 2006 at 11:50 pm :
    You’re watching Ivy ball. Screaming into the wind is a marked improvement over the normal tilting at windmills.

  4. Jeff Porten says at March 17th, 2006 at 11:51 pm :
    1:22 left to play: someone cue Miracle. Is that still in the repertoire?

  5. Brian says at March 17th, 2006 at 11:59 pm :
    Apparently not…

  6. Jeff Porten says at March 18th, 2006 at 12:00 am :
    Of course they do more rehearsing. We actually have to go to class.

  7. Brian says at March 18th, 2006 at 12:04 am :
    Yeah, and I bet all of them actually play musical instruments, too.

    Well, it’s over now. The Penn guys will be in class on Monday. The Texas guys, not so much…

  8. Jeff Porten says at March 18th, 2006 at 12:10 am :
    You’re kidding, right? If the Band isn’t partying drunk until Wednesday, they’re not worthy of the name.

    I’m on campus in six hours, will report back if I see any good stories.

  9. Brian says at March 18th, 2006 at 12:49 am :
    I was just at a bball game & spent some time with them. Trust me – compared to what we did when we were there, they’re like an unenthusiastic crowd at a funeral (and we weren’t even the wild ones…)

    At the bball game I went to, the flute section was sitting in a circle playing patty-cake (seriously) and NO ONE said anything. Koosh took some video (can’t find the link right now), but that was about it. Very sad…

  10. Jeff Porten says at March 19th, 2006 at 12:55 pm :

    Flutes. Yeesh.

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