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NCAA Basketball Tournament Day One: Game to Watch

With the real round one of the tournament starting up TODAY, everyone is affixing their DVR’s to roll on Ludicrous Speed for as many games as it can hold without deleting the Glee episodes you haven’t watched. But if you can only watch/DVR one game (aside from the Temple/Penn State game that has been dividing counties all around us), the one to do it is Louisville vs. Morehead State. It’s a No. 4 vs. No. 13 matchup and rematch of the 2009 first-round No. 1 vs. No. 16 game that Morehead made interesting versus Terrence Williams and the Cardinals. It could get even more interesting today.

The game, which takes place in Denver 1:40 pm Eastern on TBS, pits two scrappy teams together without a superstar to showcase. But Kenneth Faried has as much rebounding talent as the NCAA has seen in years, having put up 13+ rebounds per game in each of the past three seasons. With the NBA Draft a few months away, people are throwing around Dennis Rodman comparisons, only without the crazy. He’s a guy to really look at today, if not only for his awesome dreadlocks. The team itself came just 6 points of beating current 2-seed Florida early on in the season, and could give Louisville fits on the glass if they don’t hit their shots.

The Cardinals are led by an odd trio of Peyton Siva, Preston Knowles, Chris Smith and Kyle Kuric, all of whom are under 6’4 but can seriously move on the court. If you like a team of unheralded guards, this is it. The game will pit Morehead State’s rebounding dominance against the outside shooting of the Big East powerhouse.

Should be a really interesting game, and has the makings of the best of the day.