Photo courtesy of bleacherreport.com. The Road to the Final Four begins tonight in Dayton. Here is a guide to help with your bracket.
By Josh Kramer
For the first time in a very long time, there will be no “Food for Thought” today (Tuesday). A higher being has taken charge. And that would be none other than March Madness. Sure there are other things going on in sports, but what else do you really want to talk about? Sorry Peyton. You will be taking a back seat today.
The brackets are finally set. And as usual, Joe Lunardi did a wonderful job with Bracketology, correctly guessing 67 of the 68 teams in the field. The guy is unbelievable. But enough speculation. Let’s talk about the actual tournament bracket.
South Region: The Region of Prestige
-Many are proclaiming this the best region in the field. I do not agree (I think the East is). But without question, it is not short on “prestigious” programs such as Kentucky, Connecticut, Indiana, and Duke. In addition, three of last year’s Final Four participants reside in the South (Kentucky, Connecticut, and VCU). But let’s be entirely realistic. This region starts and ends with the Big Blue Nation. If Kentucky comes to play, they won’t lose.
-Xavier over Notre Dame
-The Connecticut Huskies are praying that history does not repeat itself. Each time UConn has won the title under Jim Calhoun (1999, 2004) the following year has resulted in a second round exit from the tourney (would be third round this year).
-A number one overall seed has been revealed each of the past eight years. The top seed has only reached the Final Four three times. The only number one overall seed during this year eight year stretch to win the title was Florida in 2007. Kentucky is praying that they can accomplish what their SEC rival did five years ago. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of ESPN.com. Iona point guard Scott Machado (pictured above) has been simply sensational all year long and will make some noise in March.
By Josh Kramer
Want to hear a cool name? Try “Machado.” Now many of you are probably confused as to why I would share a cool name with you. Granted, the vast majority of you are already aware of plenty of cooler names. For example, God’s Gift Achiuwa. And though God’s Gift is having a stellar freshman campaign for a very young St. John’s team, a man by the name of “Machado” is absolutely stealing the show in the MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference). Currently, the Gaels sit atop the “Mighty MAAC (it is not really mighty but I like the sound of the expression)” and are a likely tournament team.
Now many of you are probably still scratching your heads as to where I am going with this. Well a few weeks ago, I had the distinct pleasure of introducing you all to Creighton star, Doug McDermott. A star that is making it rain from long-range in Omaha like Kyle Korver did back in 2002/2003. Well today, I am going to introduce you to another big-time player that could make some real noise at the “March Dance” and beyond. Meet Scott Machado. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. The New York Rangers currently possess the best record in the Eastern Conference. Much of the team's success is due in large part to goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (pictured above).
By Josh Kramer
The Garden was simply “Linsane” yesterday as Jeremy Lin led the Knicks to a huge home victory over the defending champion Dallas Mavericks. Michigan finally exacted some revenge on their bitter rival, Ohio State, handling Sullinger and Co. in Ann Arbor for the first time in a long time (previously had lost 7 straight to the Buckeyes). And pitchers and catchers began reporting to warm and beautiful cities across the country. This past week was absolutely wild, but the current week should be some fun too. Here are the events to keep an eye on.
5. Is it 1994 all over again? For the first time in a long time, both the Rangers and Knicks are contenders at the same time (granted the Knicks are only 500, but winners of 8 of 9). The Rangers currently possess the best record in the East, while the Red Wings have been simply unbeatable as of late, winning six straight games, and 23 straight at home. This week my attention is focused on a marquee matchup in Pittsburgh tomorrow night. 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