published Thursday, March 17th, 2011

5 at 10: March Madness updates throughout the day

NOTE: The NCAA tournament updates are in the comments section below. Join in the discussion — it don't cost nothing.

Here we go...

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    Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl reacts to a call in a game against Vanderbilt in Nashville.The Vols face major NCAA violations in basketball and football. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Pearl's Last Hurrah?

If you're scoring at home, University of Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton may have received a well-earned zero on timing for his comments (HERE) but he scored off the chart on innuendo.

Beyond motive and timing, the message from Hamilton and in effect the athletic department is clear: Bruce Pearl's future is as undecided as your bracket.

At least Pearl better hope his future is up in the air. If a decision has been made, judging from Ham-Bone's comments, Pearl is as done as Tuesday's dishes. (Mrs. 5-at-10 doesn't suffer no slacking when it comes to chores. Seriously.)

Pearl's career uncertainty is all his making. You know this.

As most recently as January, Hamilton appeared to be fully behind Pearl, the coach that he hired and the coach that was represented Hamilton's biggest accomplishment not that long ago. You know this, too.

Why the change of direction now? Well, that seems to be the $1 million question. Was it the fact that reports have Hamilton and Co. apparently being informed by the NCAA of Pearl's alleged "bump violation" that happened four days after his public tear-fest rather than Pearl telling his bosses? Is there another Adidas high top about to drop? Hard to know, but it's something.

It is obvious through the struggles of this talented Vols team — and this year's ups and downs of Pearl the coach, too — that the NCAA issues have been a distraction for everyone on this team. And one of the things the 5-at-10 finds interesting about sports is how teams respond for embattled coaches. With the controversy stirring all around these Vols, how will they respond for Pearl?

More times than not, how a team answers the bell when their coach's job may be hanging in the balance, can tell you a great deal about what that coach means to those players.

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    Southern California guard Jio Fontan (2) collides with Virginia Commonwealth guard Joey Rodriguez in the second half of a first-round NCAA college basketball tournament game Wednesday, March 16, 2011, in Dayton, Ohio. VCU won 59-46. (AP Photo/Skip Peterson)

The ball is tipped

Here are three great phrases for sporting events that have become special beyond the scope of just their individual sports and the sporting world in general:

— "The fastest two minutes in sports." Used to describe the Kentucky Derby, which captures the attention of everyone, whether they know the difference between a foal or a fungo.

— "A tradition unlike any other." Used to describe the Masters, which is more than a golf tournament and more than golf in general. It's an American event, and for the Love of Sammy Snead, this is not debatable.

— "The ball is tipped." Used to describe the start of the NCAA tournament, which more than any sporting event bridges the gap and unifies diehard sports fans and those who know more about "The Bachelor" than their brackets. Truth is, it's even money the winner of your office pool doesn't know the difference between an alley-oop and an alley cat.

Anyhoo, let's update the first annual 5-at-10 Overrated/Underrated Bracket poll (and remember, it's not too late to send in your overrated (the No. 1 seed you think will lose first) and underrated (a team seeded 9-16 that will advance the farthest):

scole023 — Pitt/Tennessee

EC — Pitt/Georgia

Bigbearzzz — Pitt/Georgia

PDavi — Ohio State/Tennessee

BIspy4 — Pitt/Utah State

BeachBum — Duke/Utah State

OTWatcher — Pitt/Old Dominion

ThatIdoKnow — Pitt/Missouri

snakemb134 — Ohio State/Utah State

Weena — Ohio State/Michigan State

EtsuBuc20 — Duke/Belmont

CelticVol — Kansas/Villanova

Dr. Bracket — Duke/Missouri

Chas9 — Ohio State/Missouri

CELEBRITY DIVISION

Pretend Al Davis — Pitt/Oakland

Charlie S. — Pitt/Princeton

Chris Goforth from "The Show" on Fox 1310AM — Pitt/Belmont

Quake from SportTalk on 102.3 FM — Pitt/Belmont

Cowboy Joe from SportTalk on 102.3 FM — Kansas/Memphis

Dr. B (He's a doctor after all) from SportTalk on 102.3 FM — Pitt/Utah State

Nick Bonsanto, host of the "Nick Bonsanto Show" on 105.1 FM — Ohio State/Belmont

Keith Cawley, WRCB Channel 3 sports anchor — Kansas/Missouri

Darrell Patterson, Channel 9 sports anchor — Pitt/Utah State

Grab a pick, don't cost nothing. Who you got?

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    Auburn defensive lineman Nick Fairley runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

NFL moves

With all its labor doom and gloom, it's hard not feel a little forlorn about the immediate future of the NFL. A month ago, the 5-at-10 would have bet a paycheck that the labor issues would not have caused any missed action this fall. Now, not so much.

And if the 5-at-10 needs a lift and an NFL shot of adrenaline, well, there's nothing better than the NFL Draft.

We love the draft. You know this.

ESPN draft expert Todd McShay — in the hierarchy of draft guys, Mel Kiper is the guru, McShay is No. 2, and Kiper's hair is No. 3 — has his latest mock draft here http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft2011/insider/news/story?page=McShayMock4.0. McShay does the first two rounds, and let's just say that the Titans would love, Love, LOVE for the draft to develop the way McShay projects.

McShay has the Titans taking Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley at No. 8 overall and taking Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett in the second round. Wow, that would be something.

We'll cover this more in the days leading up to next month's draft, but you can't tell the 5-at-10 that the Titans would be anything short flat-out giddy about getting Fairley and Mallett in the first two rounds. Here's betting the Titans would agree on that before lunch today and move on to scouting Rounds 3 through 7.

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    Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones (10) hits s home run in the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the New York Mets Saturday, March 5, 2011 in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Atlanta Braves report, Volume 1, Chapter 3

The triumphant spring of Larry Wayne "Chipper" Jones — or L-Dub, as we like to call him — continued Wednesday with a 2-for-3 showing. Jones is hitting .375; his on-base percentage is .432.

The biggest on-field impact of the Spring of L-Dub is that pencilling in "Jones — 3B" gives closure and completeness to the starting lineup. The batting order may fluctuate, but with Jones healthy that means Martin Prado stays in left field.

Considering how bad Jordan Schafer has been this spring — he's 8-of-44 (.182) and has two walks and nine Ks in 13 games — that makes Prado a must-have in the outfield.

Side question here for you Johnny Braves Fan: With the emergence of speedy outfielder Wilkin Ramirez — 9-for-24 (.375) and a team-leading three stolen bases — is finally time to cut bait with Schafer, who for the Love of Jeff Francoeur has gone from can't-miss-prospect to can't-hit-fifth outfielder in 18 months?

This and that on madness/March and other wise

— OK, there are celeb blowups, there are "Nick Nolte Meltdowns," there's a "Lindsay Lohan losin' it," and there are the nuclear versions known simply as a "Mel Gibson." Is there any doubt that Chad Ochocinco is on the path to land somewhere between LL and Mel? In the last week, Chad Ochocinco has been sued for a five-figure debt at a clothing store (Really, Chad, you need to spend more than $10,000 on threads? In one stop? In Cincinnati? Really?), and now he's going to try out for the Sporting Kansas City, a MLS soccer team. There's nothing wrong with soccer, mind you, but doesn't it just feel like Ochocinco is on the verge of something extreme?

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    Duke's Nolan Smith (2) goes to the basket against North Carolina in the first half of Duke's 75-58 win in an NCAA college basketball game for the championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, March 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

— Check back around noon for the 5-at-10's bracket.

— Here's the 5-at-10's plan on March Madness today: check back every hour starting at 1 p.m. for updates. We're going to update the big happenings throughout the day, but we're committed to doing it on the hour until 6 p.m. (and if you're not home by 6 p.m. to watch it for yourself, well, you can get a note from Dr. 5-at-10 to leave early). Feel free to join in.

Until later today, and then until tomorrow — when we have our Friday mailbag.

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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Eustice_Chase said...

Tobias Harris needs to hang 50 on Michigan to save Pearl.... How in the world are you gonna stop Ochocino? I for one would tune in to see his victory dance after scoring an MLS goal.... The Braves are in desperate need of someone who can steal bases like Ronnie Gant used to do back in the day....let Ramirez play! Small ball wins Rings and you know this...maaaan!!! did the 5@10 see the OKC Miami game? D-Wade and his ridiculous spin move/ two handed jam and the foul? Wow...thats all....Heat still lost despite the amazing Jam...they all held hands, sang a Boyz-2-Men song and creid afterwards...

March 17, 2011 at 10:32 a.m.
jgreeson said...

EC— Correct me if I'm wrong, but that's a Chris Tucker reference and a Boyz-2-Men shoutout in the same post. Well done. That's No. 1 seed material right there. Speaking of B-2-M, the Scotty Hopson-led High Top fade renaissance that could happen in this tournament has the 5-at-10 simply giddy

Didn't even think of the possibilities of an Ochocinco soccer celebration — that's off-the-charts exciting.

When Wade wants to get to the basket, he's nasty. So is LeBron. That's why — all crying jokes aside — the Heat are poised to be better in the postseason than they are right now. That said, someone wearing a Heat uni that is not No. 3 or No. 6 is going to have to make some shots. (Yes, that includes you Chris Bosh.)

We'll cover the Braves more next week, but a true base-stealing threat in Atlanta would be a welcomed, breath of fresh air.

— 5-at-10

March 17, 2011 at 11:14 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you, big fella. This being a family newspaper, I will refrain from associating "the fastest two minutes in sports" with Rick Pitino, other than they have a Bluegrass State connection. And if I cared/followed the NBA (which Pitino — there's that man again — killed any interest I may have had), the Warm won't anything. No 1, no 5. Ain't talkin' uni numbers, either.

March 17, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Amen on the Talented South Beach Duo getting to the Rim...the only way Im standing in front of either of them is if Im wearing a Celtic Jersey with a Rhyming 2-syllable first and last name....Seemed like Bosh was money from 15ft for 3 whole games perhaps if he had the High Top Fade it would improve his game a little... Im hoping for a Bulls vs Lakers Final...seems fitting for Jackson to go out that way....

March 17, 2011 at 11:36 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

wheres the bracket?! has it started yet?! when's the first tip off?! I CAN'T STREAM THE GAMES LIVE AT WORK!!!!! What am i going to do?!?!!.....i cant breathe......

March 17, 2011 at 11:43 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Take a breath, OsoGrande, we're going to try to keep everyone informed here at the 5-at-10.

There are some days that this job can be tough — hours, mistakes in front of 10,000s of folks, etc. — but there are also days like today.

Will be back shortly, trying to upload the bracket.

—5 at 10

March 17, 2011 at 11:50 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

IN HONOR OF THE IRISH:

Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn't find a parking place. Looking up to heaven he said, 'Lord take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of me life and give up me Irish Whiskey!' Miraculously, a parking place appeared. Paddy looked up again and said, 'Never mind, I found one.'

March 17, 2011 at 12:11 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Update No. 1 — The ball has been tipped. Repeat. The ball has been tipped. Clemson won the opening tip of the tournament. It's official my bracket is shot.

Bracket and Over/Under picks coming shortly.

— 5-at-10

March 17, 2011 at 12:20 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Bracket has been posted. Here are the final entries. Winner of regular division will get a surprise collectable from either the Final Four or the Masters (your choice). Prizes for the winner of the celeb division has yet to be determined.

5-at-10 — Pitt/Wofford

Mrs. 5-at-10 — Ohio State/Michigan State

scole023 — Pitt/Tennessee

EC — Pitt/Georgia

Bigbearzzz — Pitt/Georgia

PDavi — Ohio State/Tennessee

BIspy4 — Pitt/Utah State

BeachBum — Duke/Utah State

OTWatcher — Pitt/Old Dominion

ThatIdoKnow — Pitt/Missouri

snakemb134 — Ohio State/Utah State

Weena — Ohio State/Michigan State

EtsuBuc20 — Duke/Belmont

CelticVol — Kansas/Villanova

Dr. Bracket — Duke/Missouri

Chas9 — Ohio State/Missouri

CELEBRITY DIVISION Pretend Al Davis — Pitt/Oakland

Charlie S. — Pitt/Princeton

Chris Goforth from "The Show" on Fox 1310AM — Pitt/Belmont

Quake from SportTalk on 102.3 FM — Pitt/Belmont

Cowboy Joe from SportTalk on 102.3 FM — Kansas/Memphis

Dr. B (He's a doctor after all) from SportTalk on 102.3 FM — Pitt/Utah State

Nick Bonsanto, host of the "Nick Bonsanto Show" on 105.1 FM — Ohio State/Belmont

Keith Cawley, WRCB Channel 3 sports anchor — Kansas/Missouri

Darrell Patterson, Channel 9 sports anchor — Pitt/Utah State

Tournament update 2: Before the first game (THE FIRST GAME) Charles Barkley, proud former Auburn star, already asked the panel who won the football championship. Nice. And everyone needs to quit calling today's games the second round.

— 5-at-10

March 17, 2011 at 12:38 p.m.
jgreeson said...

At the half, Clemson and West Virginia are tied at 40.

At the half, Old Dominion leads Butler 29-27.

The only thing that has been disappointing so far is Ian Eagle, the CBS announcer on the CU-WV game. Ian (that's pronounced EYE-an to you and me) has caused three members of the sports department to take a nap.

Paging Gus Johnson. Gus Johnson to the Red Courtesy mike please.

— 5-at-10

March 17, 2011 at 1:29 p.m.
jgreeson said...

One minute in, Morehead State leads Louisville 1-0.

Yes, 1-0. At this pace, Morehead will upset U of L 40-0.

On the bright side, Bill Raferty is doing this game. Onions.

— 5-at-10

March 17, 2011 at 1:44 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

I swear...what does it take to get a good radio signal in this office?!?!?! :::sigh::: if only the manufacturing business understood the importance of March Madness.....we would all be better off

March 17, 2011 at 2:12 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

I ACTUALLY HAVE A FRIEND WHO IS SENDING ME PLAY BY PLAY IM'S AT WORK.....THIS WOULD BE SO MUCH EASIER IF WE COULD JUST STREAM THE GAMES OURSELVES...THANK GOD FOR GOOD FRIENDS WHO HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO DO BUT FEED PLAY BY PLAY INFO!

March 17, 2011 at 2:28 p.m.
jgreeson said...

OsoGrandeee — that is a good friend.

A minute to play and West Virginia leads Clemson 81-71; Louisville looks lousy but only trails 27-23 late in the first half. ODU and Butler are in a barn-burner.

Vandy to tip soon.

Today should be a national holiday. We'll give back President's Day — deal?

— 5-at-10

March 17, 2011 at 2:31 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

We should all be so lucky to have such a friend....

March 17, 2011 at 2:33 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

how about a two for one...presidents day and columbus day for one Tourney day...just to make the deal a little sweeter.....

March 17, 2011 at 2:34 p.m.
jgreeson said...

EC — Deal. As Uncle Buck would say, "It's in the books."

Our first winner of the day: West Virginia 84, Clemson 76

At the half, Morehead State and Louisville tied at 33 — which is a miracle since U of L didn't score for the first 6-plus minutes.

Butler leads ODU 56-52 with less than three minutes left.

March 17, 2011 at 2:41 p.m.
jgreeson said...

The Butler did it again — hitting a buzzer-beater put-back basket that beat the horn by fractions of a second to beat ODU 60-58.

The game featured 10 ties and 21 lead changes.

Wow. If that score seems somewhat familiar — Butler lost to Duke 61-59 in the title game last year.

That's right, game No. 2 of the (real) tournament provides our first buzzer-beater.

— 5-at-10

March 17, 2011 at 2:52 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

so much for needing your mascot present!

March 17, 2011 at 2:55 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Guys...this dude is golden...he has fed me every score...i know where we stand at every half time. Even gave me the ending to the Butler game....i need a just reward for this man. Any ideas for one so honorable devoted and dedicated as thus? What saith thou?

March 17, 2011 at 3:22 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

An all expenses paid trip to BWW? A B.F.F.F Porcelain Mug ? Mow his yard?

March 17, 2011 at 3:27 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Sooooooooo not mowing his yard. But im out for the day...till tomorrow....just for the record i have picked both Temple and Louisville to win even though they are neck and neck right now!!! LOVE IT!!! (leaning toward the BFFF Porcelain Mug)

March 17, 2011 at 3:30 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Dude, in the honor of Great St. Patrick, it's got to be beer. One size fits all, and a dude that can keep you flush with updates on a day like this deserves a round or three.

If he/she doesn't partake, well, Lookouts tickets maybe. Or candlesticks, candlesticks always make a nice gift. Maybe find out where they're register and get them a place-setting. Let's get two.

—5-at-10

March 17, 2011 at 3:30 p.m.
jgreeson said...

This has turned crazy:

— Louisville used a 9-0 run and now leads 61-57 with less than minute to play over Morehead State. — Kentucky is tied late in the first half. — Temple and Penn State are tied for the seventh time with four minutes left.

— 5-at-10

March 17, 2011 at 3:51 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Morehead State drains a 3-pointer with 4 seconds left to take a one-point lead and Louisville's last-second shot was blocked.

Morehead State tops No. 4-seed Louisville 62-61.

Madness, indeed.

— 5-at-10

March 17, 2011 at 3:56 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

wowza...

March 17, 2011 at 3:58 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Holy Buckets...

Kentucky, Princeton tied at 57 with 34 seconds. Kentucky with the ball. Brandon Knight with a running one-hander — his first made field goal of the game — to give UK a 59-57 win.

Madness, indeed.

— 5-at-10

March 17, 2011 at 5:09 p.m.
jgreeson said...

OK gang, here's where we are:

UK 59, Princeton 57

Temple 66, Penn State 64

Morehead State 62, Louisvile 61

Butler 60, ODU 58

West Virginia 84, Clemson 76

That's right, five games are in the books. Those five games have been decided by a grand total of 15 points.

Madness, indeed.

Let's do it again tomorrow, huh?

— 5-at-10

March 17, 2011 at 5:15 p.m.
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