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NCAA Tournament Round 1 Reactions

Posted in Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2010 by sportsguru09

Wow, what a first round…one of the best in recent memory. I can officially say that my 2010 NCAA Tournament bracket is officially crushed. I have 0% chance of winning any kind of tournament pick’em challenge and will be succumbed to another victory by my wife in our head-to-head pick’em bracket. Oh well, same story, different year. But hey, the Dukies won right? All is well and they will hopefully continue their hot shooting Sunday night (5:30 PM) against Cal.

Here are a few thoughts and reactions from Round 1:

1. Really Georgetown? A double-digit loss to Ohio University? Come on, how inconsistent can you be. With Chris Wright and Eugene Monroe, you were viewed as a guaranteed first-round winner and a common Elite 8 or Final Four pick among the nation. Instead, you laid the biggest egg of the tournament so far. Ohio bruised you up and down the court, running circles around your big men and beating Wright and Freeman to the basket every single possession. With so much promise, JTIII’s Hoyas did so little. Another year, another underachieving tournament performance. Forget picking you next year, you ruined my 2010 bracket. Thanks a lot.

2. Ah, the local boys. Old Dominion beating a much better Notre Dame was a COMPLETE shocker. Now listen, I know I live in the Hampton Roads area and should be rooting for them, but did anyone honestly look at both teams and view ODU as the better team? And of course, just like G’Town, I picked Notre Dame to make a decent run and bow down to Duke in the South regional Elite 8 matchup next week. I guess I learned my lesson once again to always root for the home team, whether you like them or not. Now, the Monarchs match up against an up and running Baylor team in the bottom half of the Southern Region Saturday evening. For Duke’s sake, I’ll be the biggest ODU fan on the planet today, whether anyone else likes it or not. Who knows? Could ODU run the table? Could they be the next George Mason? Well, why not?

3. Buzzer beaters, the best thing in sports. Congrats to Murray State beating an overrated Vanderbilt with a game-winning thriller to walk into Round 2. Listen, we all look forward to the tournament every year. But honestly, it’s mostly for the close games and hopefully an array of buzzer beaters and game winning shots. Even when our own teams play, we secretly root for a game winning shot, though on the outside and for our nerves’ sake, we hope for an early half blowout. Murray State was our first Cinderella bracket buster so lots of props for them. Watch out for them to oust Butler in Round 2…let the Madness continue.

4. The ACC vs. the Big East. And who thought the Big East was overrated? I DID. They have finally been exposed for the frauds that they are. Yes, they beat up on each other in their own conference, but out of conference, the Big East took losses from teams like William and Mary, South Florida, and Loyola Marymount. I agree that the Big East is deep, but that doesn’t mean that they are good. To be honest, Villanova deserved to lose but got an early Christmas present from some of the worst referees I have ever seen. Was the game fixed? Maybe so….don’t be surprised if we find that out in a year or two once someone comes clean. But anyways, how about the ACC, huh? Wake Forest took care of Texas, Duke and Maryland dominated, and Georgia Tech took care of business.. Can’t wait to see what happens when they match up with fraudulent members of the big East. Expect Syracuse and Villanova to struggle in Round 2. Don’t be surprised if Al-Farouq Aminu leads the Demon Deacons past the Wildcats and ousts the first #1 seed of the tournament. Simply, the ACC is finally proving that IT IS the BEST conference in College Basketball, hands down.

5. One word: UPSETS.

6. The worst refereeing anyone has ever seen?

7. Year of the Mid-Major.

8. Congrats NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, well done. Much improved from last year.

9. DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA

10. Coach K, most NCAA Tourney wins ever.

Stay tuned for Round 2 reactions….GO BLUE DEVILS!

2010 Overrated Bracket Buster Tourney Teams

Posted in Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2010 by sportsguru09

As we approach the 24 hour time period before March Madness really begins, I have to vent about a few teams that I simply tired of hearing about in the media and in the college ranks. Take a look and let me know what you think about these 3 ghosts of March. No way any of the 3 stand a chance to cut down the nets in Indy…

1. Purdue Boilermakers

Honestly, has anyone heard of Robbie Hummel? If you have, you know that he is the biggest talent on Matt Painter’s Purdue roster. As the backbone and only leader on the team, Hummel is an All-American. However, if you haven’t realized it, he’s nowhere to be found, out with an ACL injury through the rest of the 2009-2010 season. What does this mean? It means no chance for the Boilermakers to make a run at the NCAA title. Already given the privilege of getting a more-than-generous #4 seed in the South Region, Purdue isn’t making it out of the 1st Round, let alone cutting down the nets in Indy in a few weeks. Matched up against an always dangerous, and proven Siena team, Purdue simply doesn’t score enough points without Hummel to be anywhere near a “true” #4 seed. Come on NCAA Committee, what are you thinking here? Maybe they did it for such a high potential for ratings when Siena knocks off Painter’s club. I mean, for goodness sakes, Siena is close to being favored in the game according to Vegas. Look for Painter’s bunch to take a backseat to Siena’s speedy and guard heavy squad in the 1st Round. Sorry Boilermaker fans, No Hummel = No Championship.

2. Ohio State Buckeyes

Evan Turner this, Evan Turner that. Come on guys, can we get off the Evan Turner bandwagon now? Most people hate OSU (rightfully so), but have begun to take a ride on the Tuner bandwagon all the way to a potential NCAA championship. Let me start by saying that I agree that Turner is a great player. He is a one man wrecking crew. However, we must remember that this tournament format pits the best teams in the country against each other, in a race to win 6 games and grab a plaque in April. Turner has done a great job so far carrying the weight of an entire basketball program on his back. That job will be too much come the end of March. In this style of tourney, I absolutely cannot give a team that has one “proven” player a chance at winning the title. It’s too much pressure, too much to carry throughout 6 hard-fought games in the NCAA bracket. Sure they’ll win two or three games, but when they match up against Kansas later in the tournament, an exhausted Evan Turner has ABSOLUTELY NO SHOT at taking down Bill Self’s experienced and NBA-ready Kansas Jayhawks. The OSU Buckeyeres? Very overrated. Wow, this sounds a lot like college football season. I mean, I guess that’s what happens when you play a cake schedule, right OSU fans? Get a grip…

3. Tennessee Volunteers

Bruce Pearl, how I loathe you and your Orange suits. What do I hate more? Your athletic team’s massive underachievement and laziness. The only way Wayne Chism actually proves his worth is by wearing his headband awkwardly on his hand. One week, they’ll go out and be the best team in the country. The next week they can’t roll with the bottom of the barrell in the SEC. Shouldn’t that orange suit be lucky or something Bruce? I hope so because there is absolutely no other reason that anyone in their right mind would wear it. Watch out for Sand Diego State, watch out! If your team does their usual Jekyll and Hyde performance, the #6 seed could easily, and likely fall in the 1st weekend. With so much talent, it’s a shame that it will and has gone to waste. Stick to football Volunteers…

SportsGuru’s 2009 NFL Mock Draft Part II…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2009 by sportsguru09

With the 2009 NFL Draft looming, I figured I’d hop on the bandwagon and do my own mock draft…take a look below… Part II includes picks 11 through 20…2009-draft

#11 Pick – Buffalo Bills

And with the #11 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills choose……Michael Oher, Offensive Tackle, out of Ole Miss.

#12 Pick – Denver Broncos

And with the #12 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos choose……B.J. Raji, Defensive Tackle, out of Boston College.raji1

#13 Pick – Washington Redskins

And with the #13 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins choose……Andre Smith, Offensive Tackle, out of the University of Alabama.

#14 Pick – New Orleans Saints

And with the #14 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints choose……Malcolm Jenkins, Cornerback, out of Ohio State.Ohio St Minnesota Football

#15 Pick – Houston Texans

And with the #15 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans choose……Brian Cushing, Linebacker, out of USC.

#16 Pick – San Diego Chargers

And with the #16 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers choose……Larry English, Defensive End, out of Northern Illinois.

#17 Pick – New York Jets

And with the #17 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the New York Jets choose……Josh Freeman, Quarterback, out of Kansas State.

#18 Pick – Denver Broncos

And with the #18 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos choose……Vontae Davis, Cornerback, out of Illinois.

#19 Pick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

And with the #19 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers choose……Chris “Beanie” Wells, Running Back, out of Ohio State.

#20 Pick – Detroit Lions

And with the #20 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions choose……Tyson Jackson, Defensive End, out of LSU.

Alpha Inventions

CINDERELLA, SAY HELLO!

Posted in College Basketball with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2009 by sportsguru09

Wow, what a night last night (of course it all happened a- after i went to bed and b- after i posted about the games not being that dramatic in their late moments). Boy did March Madness shut me up with a slew of close games, near buzzer beaters, and multiple overtimes. March Madness is finally here folks!

In the late game last night, Cleveland State pulled 2009’s biggest shocker. As a #13 seed, they took care of Wake Forest right out the gate. Sorry Deacon fans….especially those who picked them into the Final Four in their bracket. Your bracket life is pretty much over.wake-forest-deaconsThe ‘Deacs came out flat and the Vikings took full advantage, running them up and down the court and knocking down threes. It actually wasn’t much of a game. What does this say about Wake Forest? Well, their streaky play and inconsistencies finally came back to haunt them at the quite possibly the worst of times. They’ll have to wait until 2010’s NCAA Tournament to get revenge and revive the basketball program’s success. As for the Vikings, their tenacity and spirit of the game created fireworks at the end of Round 1. cleveland_state_logo1We couldn’tve asked for anything more. Cleveland State has finally brought Cinderella back to life in 2009. Now, in the 13-12 matchup they’ll draw Arizona in Round 2 on Sunday. That battle will come down to who wins out between size and speed. Cleveland State will want to push the ball quickly up the court and ‘Zona will want to be in the half-court set. An intriguing matchup of two different styles…I like our Cinderella to dance in the Sweet 16…Go Vikings!

In an overtime thriller, Siena proved that they’re worthy to dance, knocking out Ohio State in Double OT. Siena hit not one, but two 3-pointers with less than 5 seconds left in each of the overtimes to tie and then win the game. Courtesy of YouTube

Why does this make me happy? Well, it confirms the fraud of the Big 10. They’re just not that good! Siena got behind early but did enough in the second half to extend the game against Turner and the Buckeyes. Thad Matta, do you wish you still had Greg Oden? I bet you do…sorry big fella. It’s much harder to win with a balanced team than with one dominant player isn’t it?

Though it pained me to watch another ACC team bite the bullet, they did it in dramatic fashion. Florida State, who absolutely owned Wisconsin throughout much of the game, struggled late in regulation and lost in Overtime. Welp, there’s goes a few games in my bracket. I liked Florida State to win at least one more game. O well, and so it goes…

Here are my picks for today’s matchups

Duke vs. Texas – NO QUESTION HERE, GO DUKIES!!!
UCAL vs. Villanova – I like the Bruins in the upset. Scottie Reynolds will struggle.
Maryland vs. Memphis – Can Vasquez lead the Terps in the upset? Nope, Tigers win.
LSU vs. UNC -LSU, I’ll love you forever if you win but I don’t think you will…advantage Heels.
Texas A&M vs. UConn – Thabeet dominates, UConn rolls.
Michigan vs. Oklahoma – For my bracket’s sake, go Sooners…and Blake Griffin of course.
Gonzage vs. Western Kentucky – Can Cinderella re-appear? Nope, the ‘Zags win a close one.
Washington vs. Purdue – Who cares? Washington?

Midwest Region Breakdown and Analysis…

Posted in College Basketball with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2009 by sportsguru09

2009 NCAA Tournament Midwest Region Bracket Seeding
1 – Louisville, 2 – Michigan State, 3 – Kansas, 4 – Wake Forest
5 – Utah, 6 – West Virginia, 7 – Boston College, 8 – Ohio State
9 – Siena, 10 – USC, 11 – Dayton, 12 – Arizona, 13 – Cleveland State
14 – North Dakota State, 15 – Robert Morris, 16 – Play in Game Winner (won’t matter, trust me)

On the night of March 20th, these teams will begin their journey on their way to a potential National Championship run in Detroit on April 6th. Compared to the other regions in the tournament and the opportunity for the #1 seed (in this case, Louisville) to make it to the Final Four, I rank the Midwest as the 2nd toughest bracket out of the field.

Courtesy of allposters.com

Courtesy of allposters.com

At a broad look at the bracket, Louisville will find a tough road to Detroit after just winning the more-than-grueling Big East Conference Tournament. However, tournament time is Pitino time so look for the Cards and Terence Williams to step up and be a force in the tournament. Louisville will likely have to face Siena after they win an upset special over the overrated Buckeyes in the first round. Don’t sleep on Siena, they’ve won games before and have NCAA tourney history. In the 5-12 matchup, Arizona, a team that no one thought would even be considered to make an appearance in the tourney, is set up to take down the fightin’ Utes of Utah. However, the winner of the 5-12 matchup will be up against Wake Forest in the Round of 32. Wake Forest, though streaky at times, will give Louisville a run for their money in the Sweet 16. Now, the 6-11 game. I am definitely on the bandwagon of streaking West Virginia. The Mountaineers have played extremely well as of late and will continue their strong play, led by Butler and Ruoff, in the early rounds of the Tourney. I think they’ll take care of Dayton then take it to a Kansas team who is struggling of late and has little tournament experience with its current cast of players. Sheron Collins is the only member remaining on the squad who played in the National Championship vs. Memphis last year. I like WVU to win a couple games then bite the bullet against Louisville in the Elite Eight, a direct result of Pitino’s experience and tournament history. In the Midwest region’s 7-10 matchup, USC, another streaker, will struggle to pull away from but eventually take care of business against Boston College and Tyrese Rice. As much as I like Rice and the rest of the ACC in the Tourney, I have USC making a couple game run and really surprising people. This would include upsetting a too highly praised Michigan State ball club. After winning their first round game, I see them in a huge letdown against USC in the Round of 32. Tom Izzo is a great coach, but his team in 2009 is just not that deep. And I can’t stand the Big Ten….oh by the way.

In the Sweet 16, West Virginia will continue its stellar shooting from 3-point range and Louisville will prove its dominance and both will meet in a great, high scoring matchup in the Elite 8 for the right to go to Detroit. Overall, I really can’t see Louisville letting the NCAA committee and the rest of the field down. Rick Pitino, see you in Detroit.

Ok folks, get out your brackets…

2009 MIDWEST REGION PREDICTIONS

Sleeper teams to win at least one game: USC, Arizona, Siena

Most intriguing team to watch: Wake Forest (can they prove themselves?)

Biggest regional upset: USC beating Michigan State in the Round of 32 to advance to the Sweet 16

1st Round Winners: Louisville, Kansas, West Virginia, Siena, Arizona, Wake Forest, USC, and Michigan State

2nd Round Winners: Louisville, Wake Forest, West Virginia, and USC

Midwest Region Sweet 16 Winners: West Virginia, Louisville

Midwest Region Elite 8 Winner: Louisville

OUT OF THE MIDWEST REGION, Louisville WILL REPRESENT THE FIELD IN DETROIT AT THE FINAL FOUR

Analysis and breakdown of the West Region coming soon….