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2010 March Madness Sleepers….

Posted in College Basketball, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2010 by sportsguru09

Another year, another March, another month of Madness. That’s right folks, it’s a new year and a new bracket of teams with no hope, some hope, or a good chance of cutting down the nets in Indianapolis. March Madness 2010As everyone scrambles to start filling out fifteen different scenario-pending brackets, we all bask in the glory and anticipation of a tournament filled with buzzer beaters, upsets, and the potential for a #1 seed to finally bite the bullet and get canned in the first weekend (except my Blue Devils). Trust me, if Duke gets canned, you won’t hear much more from me in the latter half of March. The Thursday deadline is approaching fast so let’s kick the Madness off with a few upset specials I’ve got up my sleeve….

1. Temple vs. Cornell in the Round of 64

Yes, I know everyone likes Temple and their guard play this year. But you know what? Cornell is one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the country. They fire up threes like the ball is on fire. With any space, a 3-ball is headed toward the rim from the Big Red. Cornell is one of the leaders in the clubhouse in 3-point percentage and attempts in the NCAA Division 1, and there’s no reason to be gun-shy here in the tournament. I mean, for goodness sakes, Andy Bernard (the Office) went there, so they must be good. With that Ivy League brain power, they might very well just have the fortitude and the swagger to knock off Temple. As we all know, the 5-12 matchup is always an intriguing one. Every year, at least one 12 seed does its thing and takes care of business against an often too-comfortable 5 seed. Look for this year to be no different.

2. Notre Dame vs. Villanova in the Sweet 16

Let’s skip a few rounds and head on to the Sweet 16 where I really like Notre Dame to upset a very overrated Villanova Wildcat team. With Harangody back and Little-Hansborough playing well from the perimeter, Notre Dame has taken on an identity that was present with the ballclub last year. I know the ‘Cats still have Scottie Too Hottie and an array of guards, but there is not one soul on the Villanova that can truly contain Cool Hand Luke in the paint. If the Fighting Irish make it this far and Villanova doesn’t lay an egg against Richmond in Round 2, look for the Green and Gold to fight on and lose to Duke in the Elite 8.

3. Florida vs. The West Region

All I have heard this week is “Oh, my Hokies didn’t make it, what is the committee thinking?” or “My Hokies or My Bulldogs deserve a spot in the NCAA Tournament.” Well, to be quite honest, they might as well go ahead and worry about the NIT because neither Miss. State, nor VA Tech had a chance of cutting down the nets anyways. Who got in instead? My super sleeper team, the Florida Gators. Watch out folks, watch out for the Gators to come chompin’ on your doorstep. Billy Donovan is a prove winner and his team ALWAYS plays well during tourney time. Now that they’ve been given a chance by the NCAA committee, count on them to prove their worth in the West Region. Not only do I have them upsetting BYU in Round 1, but I have them taking down Kansas State to secure a spot in the Elite 8, where they will eventually succumb to their Orange counterpart, Syracuse and Jim Beoheim. Florida is deep with young talent, they endured a learning season in the brutal SEC, and have a young star by the name of Chandler Parsons who can light it up from 3-point land or dribble to the basket among the trees. No one has heard a lot about Florida this year, but any team coached by Donovan makes me a believer. Everyone is on the K State bandwagon, but watch them unravel under the pressure when they face the Gators early into March Madness. I like Florida and their potential here, and why not? No one’s ever able to “call” the next George Mason run in the tourney….da Gators have the best chance of anyone. Count it, and the foul.


Scottie Reynolds…The Hero…

Posted in College Basketball with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2009 by sportsguru09

The 2009 Villanova Wildcats and their superstar Scottie Reynolds are going to Detroit for the Final Four. Why? See it for yourself folks, SCOTTIE REYNOLDS IS CLUTCH….

Courtesy of YouTube

Up by 5 with less than a minute left, Villanova left Sam Young alone in the corner to knock down a huge 3-pointer and claw back to within 2 points with around 30 seconds left to play. With an inbounds play to essentially put the dagger in UConn’s heart, the ‘Cats threw an inadvertent “touchdown pass” to the other end of the court, only to have it stolen by Pitt and sent up the floor to Lavance Fields. As Fields crossed mid-court, he was fouled and was sent to the line with 5.5 seconds left to tie the ballgame and send it into Overtime (or so America and Pitt thought). Under pressure, Fields knocked down both free throws and tied the game. With no timeouts, ‘Nova threw a lob off the inbounds to Dante Cunningham who fed Reynolds streaking up the court. As time expired, Reynolds dribbled his way into the lane into traffic and threw up a 6-foot prayer that went through the net and booked Villanova a plane ticket to Detroit.

March Madness got its best game of the tournament last night. Two heavyweights in a knock down-drag out fight that ended with the last possession and a dramatic buzzer beater by ‘Nova’s best player. Congrats Jay Wright, I hope your guys win it all. Since you beat Duke, I by default have to root for you to now win the whole tourney. See you in Detroit….

March Madness Weekend Recap…

Posted in College Basketball with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2009 by sportsguru09

Wow, what a weekend. We saw true Madness and fell in love once again with the ambiance and intrigue of the annual NCAA Tournament. Buzzer beaters and close games led the way to Sunday night. Though most of the top seeds also advanced, they had to struggle in order to do so. What does this mean? Well, the Sweet 16 is going to be absolutely entertaining folks. Tune back into CBS Thursday night for a show…this ride is getting better by the game…

Now, let’s highlight the past two days of College Basketball. Like always, we’ll start with my Dukies taking care of business against A.J. Abrams and the Texas Longhorns. Obviously, the game was more nerve-wracking than I would have liked, but all in all, it was great basketball highlighting a few of Duke’s mega-stars and proving that Duke is one of the nation’s elite and belongs in this stage of the tourney. Kyle Singler and Gerald Henderson (who at multiple points dunked all over Texas’ big men) led the way in scoring and torched the Longhorns from 3-point land.dukeee As the game came down to the wire, Jon Scheyer may have saved Duke’s season and won the game all at one-time with one of the most athletic and SMARTEST plays I’ve ever seen, Duke fan or not. As the ball was rolling out of bounds with less than 20 seconds left in the game and Duke with a 2-point lead, Scheyer flipped the ball behind his back down the court to Elliot Williams without falling out of bounds. This led to free throws down the stretch to cement Duke’s first appearance in next week’s Sweet 16 since 2006. LET’S GO DUKE…Courtesy of YouTube

As one third of the remaining ACC trio, Maryland disappointed us in getting blown out by Memphis. Memphis lit up the arena from downtown and their length and speed are proving to be a tough task for anyone to match up with. Can anyone rightfully match up with them on paper? I’m afraid not. They might prove me wrong…for now. Before we close the door on MD, let’s give Gary Williams, who may have coached his last game for the Terps, a proper send-off. Though controversial and extreme at times, he’s proved once again that he belongs in the College Basketball Hall of Fame. More than just once in recent memory (with the likes of Juan Dixon and Steve Blake), he continues to show us how to turn an average team into a ferocious overachiever late in the year and in the NCAA Tourney. Congratulations Mr. Williams on a wonderful career…

As for the #1 seeds, UConn was the only one in a cake-walk, destroying Texas A&M, watching Thabeet take control early and continue to dominate even when he got into foul trouble late in the 1st half. Jim Calhoun, back from a spell of dehydration rolled to yet another NCAA Tournament victory. 2583They’ll match up with a surprising Purdue team who took Washington down the wire and hit clutch free throws to win the game in its waining moments. I must say, they’re one of the biggest teams under the radar so far. Who would’ve thought another Big Ten team not named Michigan State would have made it this far. Congrats Boilermakers? Yikes, that just doesn’t sound right…

UNC, wretched UNC, pulled out a tough battle against the LSU Tigers early Saturday evening as I watched from a bar and hoped and prayed on every last shot that LSU took down the stretch. Unfortunately, my prayers went unanswered and Ty Lawson, who impressively came back from a toe injury, took control of the entire game in the second half and went on a rampage to lead the Heels back into the Sweet 16. They’ll face Gonzaga who won a buzzer beater against….Western Kentucky?!?! Yep, you heard me right. I ALMOST called the two round WKU upset special but fell one basket and 0.9 seconds short. After the Toppers made a late game charge and tied the game with 7 seconds left, Gonzaga proceeded to break their hearts, sprint untouched down the court, and bank in a shot with hardly no time left. Courtesy of YouTube

What a game…what a Saturday night. March Madness once again has shown its light over the sports world and we just got a few more games to add to the highlight reel.

In Sunday’s action, Pitt had a tough time competing with the 3-point machine we now know as Oklahoma State. 3 after 3 dropped in the 1st half, yet Pitt stayed in the game and eventually took over the Battle of the Boards with Dejuan Blair and Sam Young proving to be Herculean. Has anyone checked their birth certificates? I mean, come on now. Sam Young? He might as well be 45 with grandchildren. Look at him! And DeJuan Blair should be playing linebacker in the NFL. Either way, both are studs and will likely continue to be “men” against Xavier next weekend in the Sweet 16. Unfortunately for Duke, if they beat ‘Nova Thursday night they’ll face Pitt on Saturday. Let’s go Musketeers!! (and Duke beat Xavier by 20 earlier in the year). Speaking of ‘Nova, Scottie Reynolds and Jay Wright are making a big name for themselves on a national stage. We’ll see what happens next week, but if they beat Duke, watch out Pittsburgh…

Other winners over the weekend included Oklahoma (Blake Griffin is going to be great in the NBA), Michigan State, Syracuse, Mizzou, and Louisville in a surprising nail-biter against an overachieving Siena bunch. Though they didn’t win, they sure tested Pitino’s Cardinals. Could there be a chink in the armor? Maybe so. The #12 seed ‘Zona will look to knock them out after winning two more games than anyone would have expected. Who said they shouldn’t be here? Time to shut your mouth. You no longer have any room to say anything.

As for your brackets, who knows where you’re at now unless you picked all “chalk” (higher seeds). Mine looks like a sea of red…o well, the tourney is turning out to be memorable more than I originally thought. Great job CBS…


Posted in College Basketball with tags , , , , , , , on March 20, 2009 by sportsguru09

Cinderella, where are you?!? Western Kentucky, Arizona? Nope. They were favorites, not Cinderellas. Cleveland State? Maybe, we’ll just have to just wait and see. So far, the NCAA tournament has not nearly been as dynamic or dramatic as it usually is. Have we finally gotten to the point in time where the mid-majors really can’t compete with teams from major conferences? I don’t think it’s that extreme, but it’s pushing it. Where’s a buzzer beater when you need one? Now is the time. March Madness could use a little….well, Madness. I’m getting bored….