Matt Howard (left) of ninth-seeded Butler University and Chris Johnson (right) of eighth-seeded LSU battle for the basketball in the first game of the 2009 NCAA tournament in the South region.

Matt Howard (left) of ninth-seeded Butler University and Chris Johnson (right) of eighth-seeded LSU battle for the basketball in the first game of the 2009 NCAA tournament in the South region. (AP Photo)

March is dominated by one sport: college basketball. Fortunately the NCAA tournament has arrived and is in full swing. Bill gives updates on some notable scores and comments on the 2009 tournament so far.

The University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team has been perfect this season and is the clear favorite as they enter the NCAA tournament. Mel Thomas, a former player at UConn under head coach Gino Auriemma, probably wishes she was still there. Thomas, who is now playing professionally in Ireland, joins Bill to talk about her book, Heart of a Husky, and she offers her pick in the women’s tournament.

Allonzo Trier plays or practices basketball for seven hours a day. He’s been doing so for the last four years. He’s nationally recognized by scouts and college coaches know his name and his talents. The catch is he’s only 12-years old. The New York Times Michael Sokolve joins Bill to discuss Trier and the future of college recruiting.

The women’s NCAA ice hockey Frozen Four semi-final took place on Friday night, with the final on Sunday afternoon. Only A Game’s Karen Given reports on first-timer Mercyhurst – a school whose student population is smaller than opponent Minnesota’s faculty population.

Only A Game listeners have written letters and now Bill responds.

Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, Martin Broduer’s celebration after becoming the winningest goalie in the NHL, and Manny on the cricket pitch.

Manny Ramirez in full cricket gear, taking cuts at googlies, earlier this week has been well-publicized. What haven’t been as well-publicized are the efforts of two Indians who are going the other way – former cricket players fighting for a spot in the Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen. Only A Game’s Ron Schachter reports from the Pirates’ minor league facility in Bradenton, Florida.