Marist-Tenn: Late Start

By Jeff Lippman - March 25, 2007

Plane delays, traffic accidents, oh my!

While it was my own plane that was delayed, it was not my vehicle in the traffic accident.

In even better news, I managed to not miss a single minute of action.

And now, after about three minutes of action, the early score is Tennessee 8, Marist 5.

After spending some time with 13-seeded Marist, you just get the feeling they will at least keep this game competitive throughout.

In fact, their bench players stand and throw their arms in the air with every attempted shot, they are that excited and amped to be here. And why not? They have absolutely nothing to lose against a bigger, stronger and faster No. 1 Tennessee.

Their answer to Candace Parker? Double team her.

How will they win? Play smart and play tough defense.

It is is cut and dry here, no bells or whistles, this team is simpling going to hustle and play their hearts out for 40 minutes and at the end, if that isn't enough to win, they will know they gave it all they had.

Nothing like a Cinderella, David vs. Goliath matchup to kick the Dayton Regional and Sunday's portion of the Sweet 16 off with a bang!

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 12:07 PM on March 25, 2007

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