Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Kemba Walker (pictured above) was the face of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Who will be the face of the 2012 version of March Madness?
By Josh Kramer
Two and a half months later and “Throwback Saturdays” are still going strong. Welcome to edition ten of our weekly throwback day. What was happening on March 24, 2011? How about on March 24, 2010? I have a gut feeling that March Madness was discussed in some facet. Let’s take a look back and see what the major happenings were and how accurate I was with my analysis.
One year ago..
Sweet 16: Day 1 Predictions
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Connecticut vs San Diego State: Can you say Kemba? UConn has won 7 straight and are a perfect 10 and 0 in tournament play on the year heading into tomorrow’s showdown with a very talented and higher seeded San Diego Aztecs team. Now I realize that most of the national media has been grilling the Big East. I mean who wouldn’t. The conference began the tourney with 11 teams and only 2 still remain as we begin the Sweet 16. Let me state though, both of the teams still standing went 9 and 9 in conference play. Name me another team that is still standing in this bracket that went 500 in conference play. I will do one even better. Name me a team that did not finish in the top 4 of their conference that is still alive. But back to the topic at hand. San Diego State is also on a hot streak of their own having won 7 consecutive games. 43, 25, and 30 sums it up for me though when looking at this matchup (Jimmer’s point totals vs SDSU this year). Though the Aztecs play very solid defense and also have a very well-rounded scoring attack, they have failed to slow down teams with elite scorers all year. Good luck slowing down Kemba. At least one Big East team will find their way into the Elite Eight. And it will be the UConn Huskies as they gut out 3 point victory behind the Kemba Show.
BYU vs Florida: On paper, this game appears to favor the Cougars. They put up over 80 points a game. They have the edge on the boards. And I could go on. But not so fast. BYU has not been the same since the dismissal of starting center Brandon Davies for breaking University rules. Well this will be the first NCAA Tournament game where this vacancy in the paint really hurts. It will also be the first game in the tournament where BYU plays a team seeded higher than 11th. The Gators are very deep and talented, and will be the loan SEC team to nab a spot in the Elite Eight. The Jimmer Show has to end at some point. Plus Bobby Knight laid out how you stop Jimmer on SportsCenter. You better believe that Florida Coach Billy Donovan took notes on what the legend said. I am going to stick with my original pick in this one as well. Gators by 2 in a thriller (To finish reading this post, click this link). Continue reading
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I expect the clock to strike Midnight tomorrow night for the Jimmer Show.
The madness resumes tomorrow evening with 4 big time games. And it cannot come soon enough. Out of the 8 teams that play tomorrow, I correctly picked 6 of them in my bracket. Plus all 4 of the teams I predicted to move on to the Elite Eight in my bracket are still in tact. Here is a closer look into each of tomorrow’s matchups. Continue reading
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Tagged Arizona, Big East, Big Ten, Billy Donovan, Bo Ryan, Bobby Knight, Brad Stevens, Brandon Davies, Butler Bulldogs, BYU, Connecticut, Derrick Williams, Duke, Elight Eight, Florida, Isiah Thomas, Jimmer Fredette, Kemba Walker, March Madness, Michigan Wolverines, NCAA Basketball, Nolan Smith, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, Sean Miller, SEC, Shelvin Mack, Sweet 16, Washington Huskies, Wisconsin Badgers
I am not sure how Florida Coach Billy Donovan (pictured above) and the Gators received a number 2 seed. But you can count on the Southeast Region to be a wild one.
It is an extreme chore not to focus all of my attention on the NCAA Tournament. And I will admit, the majority of my thought over the past 24 hours has been focused on the Madness. How should I fill out my bracket? Will it be an upset city marathon like last year? Or will all the parity hype just be for not? Well there is one thing I do know. The Southeast Region will by far be the most unpredictable. Since viewing the Selection Show on Sunday, I was utterly shocked at the way this region came out. Continue reading
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Tagged Ashton Gibbs, Big East, Billy Donovan, Bob Huggins, Brad Wanamaker, Brandon Davies, BYU, Da'Sean Butler, DJ Kennedy, Final Four, Florida Gators, Gary McGhee, George Atallah, Jamie Dixon, Jimmer Fredette, Kemba Walker, Kentucky Wildcats, March Madness, NCAA Basketball, NFL, NFL Draft, NFLPA, Nick Van Exel, Nolan Smith, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh Panthers, SEC, Southeast Region, St. John's, UAB, University of Cincinnati, VCU, West Virginia Mountaineers