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Social media reactions to First Four matchup: Vandy vs. Wichita State



No-brainer here with Arizona the higher seed and Sean Miller 7-1 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament as a head coach.

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Teams given a reprieve like Wichita State and Vanderbilt are usually dangerous because of their newfound confidence.

Coaching mismatch tonight. Also, Wichita State’s total body of work more impressive.

Wichita State’s senior guard trio of Fred VanVleet (center), Ron Baker (right) and Evan Wessel puts a scare into any head coach in March Madness.

Let the hyperbole begin.


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When: 6:10 p.m.

Where: UD Arena (Dayton, Ohio)

TV/Radio: TruTV

Vanderbilt has a projected NBA lottery pick in 7-foot junior center Damian Jones, who averages 14.2 points and 6.9 rebounds, and another skilled big man in 7-1 junior Luke Kornet, who averages 8.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.0 blocks.

If Vandy wins tonight, it will be “Anchor Down” — the Commodores’ slogan — against “Bear Down” — the Wildcats’ fighting cry on Thursday night.

Now that these teams are in, this does not mean as much. Forty minutes separate them from the next round.


The Madness begins tonight.

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Seth Greenberg projects Arizona advancing to the Elite Eight, where it will face Kansas, so his analysis here is but an appetizer for the Wildcats.


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[/ezcol_1half_end] publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.


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