Well my final 4 is still alive! Even though I do have Florida winning their spot in the Final Four, like I wrote a few blogs ago my heart is pulling for UNLV. I think I was one of the few not surprised that Vegas beat Wisconsin. I almost looked like a real expert when I predicted Xavier would beat Ohio State, and they would have if it weren’t for a missed free throw and a miracle 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to O.T. When Xavier missed the free throw and Ohio State was dribbling down court why didn’t they foul? I was screaming FOUL HIM!!! They must have not heard me through my T.V.!
How about Butler? That’s a great story and it could become greater with a victory over Florida. It will be tough, but they have beaten Notre Dame, Tennessee, and Maryland. And don’t forget about USC. Not really known as a Basketball School, they are turning heads with a victory over Kevin Durant. (oops I mean Texas!) That’s not really a slap at Texas, but if they didn’t have Durant, oh boy! That guy is awesome! And give USC Head Coach Tim Floyd some credit here. The guy who took a job nobody could win at, (The Chicago Bulls head spot right after the M.J., Phil Jackson years) deserves his credit. He’s doing a great job at USC.
Everybody I know loves the NCAA Basketball tourney. Exciting action and upsets make it fun. But aren’t college sports being pretty hypocritacle? Don’t you think fans would go hog wild if college football had this playoff system? Let the top 10 or 20 teams settle it on the field, like this great basketball tourney they have every year? Look, no offense to teams like Long Beach State, or Texas A&M Corpus Christi, but if they can make the field of 64, how can you snub Rutgers or Boise State in football? Boise went undefeated and should have played for the Championship. But the BCS will say their strength of schedule wasn’t good enough, or they barely beat so and so college…..THAT’S BS! Sorry, but I bet Texas A&M Corpus Christi’s schedule wasn’t as tough as Georgetowns’, but yet they are still competing for the same prize! The Championship of college hoops. If you make a “BCS Bowl” are you supposed to be excited? You can’t be college footballs’ champion unless you are in THE Championship bowl game, the other bowls are just BS! College Football needs to take a page from College Basketball and get it right, let the players decide the outcome, not a computer!
So the madness of March begins tomorrow. It is a fun time of year. I’m not really a huge basketball fan but the tourney of 64 is awesome. (And lots of fun to wager on!) It’s always easy to pick a Final Four in your brackets because you usually figure the one or two seed will be there. So I’m going to try to be different and see who could be there in the end who’s not a number #1 seed, and I’d love to hear feedback from people who are into the tourney! Florida is #1 in the Midwest, but watch for UNLV or Maryland to make some noise, and Wisconsin has fire power also, and it helps the Badgers to be playing close to home. The West is tight. Kansas is the #1 seed, but this part of the Final Four could go to Pitts, UCLA, or my sentimental favorite Villanova. Villanova is the best free throw shooting team in the country, and things like that matter in a one game elimination tournament.
The East is going to #1 N. Carolina, but I like Georgetown. The size on Georgetown is Awesome! Roy Hibbert is a monster and Jeff Green can get hot and shoot lights out! Texas will go as far as Mr. Durant can take them, and look for the Michigan State/Marquette winner to give N. Carolina a good game in the second round.
The South is wide open! Don’t be so quick in filling out that bracket with Ohio State all the way to the Final Four! Louisville, Stanford, and my pick Memphis all have good teams. But the best thing about the tourney is pull for your bracket to win, meet up with your buddies and drink some beers and eat tons of pizza and wings and have fun!
Mid West —Florida (pullin for UNLV)
East — Georgetown
South — Memphis