The first of the two weekends of the NCAA tournament kicks off tonight in Albany and St. Paul and picks up tomorrow Worcester in Fort Wayne with 16 teams playing for four free trips to Detroit.
The Tigers vie for a berth in the Frozen Four against New Hampshire, which beat Cornell 6-2 as Bobby Butler, Paul Thompson and Mike Sislo scored twice. Other game: Tony Mosey scored 23 seconds into the second overtime as St. Cloud State beat Northern Michigan 4-3 in St. Paul, Minn. It faces the winner of the late game between Wisconsin and Vermont for a berth in the Frozen Four.
"I don't feel great on the court, and everybody could see that," Djokovic said. "Life goes on, you know?" Also, Rafael Nadal beat Taylor Dent 6-4, 6-3, and Tampa resident James Blake fell 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 to Thomaz Bellucci. Randy Fontanez struck out 12 in throwing the third no-hitter in USF history and beating visiting Notre Dame 4-0. The junior and Big East preseason pitcher of the year walked two. The Irish's only other baserunner came on catcher's interference.
I wouldn't be surprised to see anyone from any regional playing at Ford Field in two weeks well, except Alabama-Huntsville, but it's an embarrassment they're even in to begin with. Everyone in the 16-team field is either mediocre or playing mediocre hockey right now, and that means anything can go wrong for any team at any time.