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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Photo courtesy of cbssports.com. Not too many people are talking about Creighton star sophomore Doug McDermott (pictured above). Soon enough, everyone will be talking.
By Josh Kramer
This weekend was one for the ages in sports. A perfect time for my 800th career post on “TheSportsKraze.” Great NFL playoff action, college basketball upsets galore, and so much more. There is so much going on in sports right now and sadly I am only able to hit on a few things. Here is what has caught my attention.
Jimmer Show Part II?
Last year, Jimmer Fredette taught America “How to Jimmer.” Continue reading
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Tagged Aaron Rodgers, Alex Smith, Australian Open, Bernard Tomic, BYU Cougars, Creighton Bluejays, David Tyree, Doug McDermott, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Fernando Verdasco, Green Bay Packers, Harrison Barnes, Jimmer Fredette, Kyle Korver, New England Patriots, New York Giants, North Carolina Tar Heels, Peyton Manning, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. The top matchup this week has to be the Stanford vs Oklahoma State Fiesta Bowl date. I have a feeling Andrew Luck (pictured above) will play a large part in the outcome.
By Josh Kramer
Please somebody explain to me why it is called “Capital One Bowl Week?” We are now entering Week 3 of bowl season. Why isn’t it “Capital One Bowl Month?” I would love to hear the reasoning. 12 bowls down, and 23 to go. 19 games will be played between now and next Thursday. Strap in, because the beat will not stop until January 9th as we start to hit the “real” bowl games.
Florida State vs Notre Dame (CHAMPS SPORTS BOWL)
–Fighting Irish by 3
Headline: Brian Kelly brings home a second straight bowl game victory to South Bend.
-Let’s just call this the “Year Away Bowl.” Both of these teams had lofty expectations to play in BCS Bowl games this year. Neither was ready. Notre Dame is slightly closer to being ready in my opinion though. Continue reading
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Tagged ACC, Andrew Luck, Auburn Tigers, Baylor Bears, BCS, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Braxton Miller, Brian Kelly, BYU Cougars, Case Keenum, Cincinnati Bearcats, Clemson Tigers, Florida Gators, Florida State Seminoles, Georgia Bulldogs, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Houston Cougars, Illinois Illini, Iowa Hawkeyes, Iowa State Cyclones, Isiah Pead, Landry Jones, Michael Dyer, Michigan State Spartans, Michigan Wolverines, Mike Johnson, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Northwestern Wildcats, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Ohio State Buckeyes, Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Oregon Ducks, PAC 12, Penn State Nittany Lions, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, SEC, South Carolina Gamecocks, Stanford Cardinal, Texas A&M Aggies, UCLA Bruins, Urban Meyer, Utah Utes, Vanderbilt Commodores, Virginia Cavaliers, Virginia Tech Hokies, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Washington Huskies, West Virginia Mountaineers, Wisconsin Badgers, Zach Collaros