With a minute left, Mazzy Star, down three, fouled Joy Division. Bassist Peter Hook made one of two free throws, somehow got his own rebound, got fouled again, this time with an elbow to the face in the scrum, and, after he got patched up made two more, putting the game nearly out of reach barring something crazy. Sandoval got the ball and launched a half-court three to get within a pair, but it missed, and this outstanding and surprising matchup was unfortunately over.
Whoo—an electrifying finish, complicated a bit to watch because we run, as always, two polls, one on @angermonsoon's twitter and the main one on the game post here on the blog. So it takes a little doing to add it up, as Violent Femmes would remind us, or they would if they hadn't already lost badly in the first round.
Your final score: JOY DIVISION 96, Mazzy Star 91.
(2) CONCRETE BLONDE 76, (7) Bob Mould 28
(14) LOW 60, (6) Crowded House 51
Analysis: we still can't believe the JD/Mazzy tilt was as good as it was. Either that bodes ill for a depleted Joy Division going up against PJ Harvey & Nick Cave or else that game should be easy by comparison. Unsure which. We suspect Mazzy Star was simply a much better team than anyone could have guessed coming into March.
Concrete Blonde won a laugher against Bob Mould. Alphaville, with 110 million youtube views of their one big song, went down to the weird electricity of PJ Harvey & Nick Cave. And big tournament underdog Low continued their improbable run against a difficult Crowded House.
So we take the day off to rest & recuperate today (though expect a brief analytical follow-up later today). The Sweet Sixteen begins Friday and continues into next week with the following schedule:
3/18: (1) The Cure vs (4) Tori Amos // (6) This Mortal Coil vs (2) Radiohead
3/21: (1) Neutral Milk Hotel vs (13) The Church // (3) Sinead O'Connor vs (2) Jeff Buckley
3/22: (1) Elliott Smith vs (4) Gary Jules // (6) Kate Bush vs (7) Tracy Chapman
3/23: (1) Joy Division vs (5) PJ Harvey & Nick Cave // (14) Low vs (2) Concrete Blonde
See you back here tomorrow morning for the next round.