Quite a first half

March, 28, 2009
BOSTON -- That was a good half of basketball.

Pitt started out looking shaky again. But the Panthers are back to being physical and aggressive. Credit DeJuan Blair for realizing he has to play big. He did pick up a chippy second foul out on the perimeter. I thought Jamie Dixon was going to race out on the court to challenge that call.

Shane Clark started out on fire for the Wildcats. Villanova doesn't stop coming at you, either.

This should shape up to be quite a second half.

• I can't get over how much official Patrick Driscoll looks like British actor Rowan Atkinson, aka Mr. Bean.

• A source close to Xavier just told me that one school, either Arizona or Virginia, called XU athletic director Mike Bobinski, but head coach Sean Miller told Bobinski to say thanks but no thanks. He said he's staying put.

Andy Katz | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com



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