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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!

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….