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February Madness Diary, Entry V

By  Last updated: 6th September 2009

Welcome back to the and our exclusive coverage of the FCAA postseason.  Let’s go live to the first-round games out of the South bracket, in the city on the banks of the Oconee River — Athens, Georgia.

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It was a day for bracketologists to pat themselves on the back today in Athens, as all four matchups on the slate today went to the seeded favorites.

1 Clemson 89
16 Navy 36

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Trevor Booker will be the key to Clemson's success in this year's tournament.

Clemson simply used this game as practice, routing the Midshipmen by 53. Six Clemson players scored in double-digits. Clemson easily outclassed Navy in both ballhandling and defense, with a 24-10 edge in assists and a 35-19 lead in defensive points. Tigers junior F-C Trevor Booker (11/14/3/2/2) owned the inside game, while sophomore guard Terrence Oglesby (16/0/6/1/0) ran an effortless floor show. Junior guard Chris Harris (18/2/0/3/0) of Navy was the best player for the clearly overmatched Patriot League champions.

5 Purdue 59
12 Rhode Island 41

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The Purdue rebuilding movement is yielding postseason results.

Rhode Island lost in the first round for the second straight year, as the Purdue Boilermakers cruised to an 18-point victory. The Rams were 4 seeds last year that were upset by a 13 seed, Boise State. Now coming into the tournament as underdogs, their tepid offensive play didn’t fare much better. Junior forward Lamonte Ulmer (18/5/0/2/0) and senior forward Kahiem Seawright (12/11/2/0/2) were the top contributors for Rhode Island. Purdue, a program on the rise, finally saw some success from its recent rebuilding efforts. A trio of sophomores led the Boilermakers to victory: JaJuan Johnson (F, 17/4/0/2/1), E’Twaun Moore (G, 13/6/3/1/1) and Robbie Hummel (F, 11/3/3/2/0).

8 California 68
9 Texas 60

The Golden Bears, led by senior forward Jamal Boykin (11/14/3/3/0), junior guard Jerome Randle (17/5/3/1/0), and off-the-bench scoring machine sophomore forward Harper Kemp (18/4/0/1/0), out-shot and out-hustled

Harper Kemp made key plays off the bench for the Golden Bears.

Harper Kemp made key plays off the bench for the Golden Bears.

the Longhorns. Texas did some things well, but were inconsistent overall. Junior swingman Damion James (16/11/4/0/0) and junior center Dexter Pittman (13/10/1/0/1) gobbled up rebounds in the paint, but failed to adequately contain the California post game, as Boykin and Kemp were able to float some key uncontested shots. Texas also only shot only 4-17 from beyond the arc, and senior guard A.J. Abrams had a lousy game, shooting 3-12 for only 7 points. Cal will go on to play Clemson in the second round.

4 LSU 64
13 VMI 50

Louisiana State came out of their opening matchup in Athens with a comfortable 14-point victory, but twin brothers Chavis and Travis Holmes of the Virginia Military Institute, the career highest-scoring pair of twin teammates in FCAA history, made the win tougher than the usual 4/13 matchup. Senior guard Chavis Holmes (33/12/4/2/1) was the clear star of the game, leading the Keydets and their fast-paced offense, but his brother (also a senior guard, natch) Travis Holmes

The Holmes twins, leaders of the VMI fast-break, came up short in the first round.

The Holmes twins, leaders of the VMI fast-break and perhaps a utopian society from the future, came up short in the first round of the FCAA tournament.

(11/7/4/4/1) was also a key contributor. Meanwhile, LSU got a huge game from senior guard Marcus Thornton (28/6/2/7/1), who broke up the Keydets’ offensive rhythm with seven big steals. Senior forward Tasmin Mitchell (20/13/2/1/1) made a huge difference in the paint for the Tigers, hitting the boards hard and giving LSU an inside scoring presence. Senior center Chris Johnson (12/12/1/0/6) blocked six shots, adding to VMI’s turnover problems and problems converting. The Tigers will move on to face Purdue in round deux.

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