Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. The status of Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson (pictured above) is uncertain for Saturday’s game against Alabama. Even with a healthy Wilson, Arkansas will not be able to defeat Alabama.
By Josh Kramer
Louisiana-Monroe stole the show in Week 2 with their shocking upset of the heavily favored Razorbacks. In addition, the Pac-12 flexed their muscles against the Big Ten and staked their claim as the second best conference in college football. Luckily for all of us, Week 3 is when the schedule begins to take things up a notch. The powder puff games are few and far between, with ranked matchups galore.
Here are the marquee matchups:
Alabama at Arkansas: Crimson Tide by 24
Headline: No comeback needed this time around. The Crimson Tide smack around the overmatched Razorbacks from start to finish.
Louisiana-Monroe? Do they even have a college football team? This stunning upset was reminiscent of the infamous Appalachian State victory in the Big House back on September 1, 2007. That was last week though. Believe me, Alabama is not going to come to town with milk and cookies because they feel bad for the Razorbacks. Not to mention that the status of Arkansas star quarterback Tyler Wilson is uncertain.
Back when the schedules were released, this was a game that I and many thought would be a classic. That just won’t be the case. The Razorbacks have defeated seven of their past ten ranked foes, but Alabama is better than the Razorbacks in every facet of the game. Add in the fact that Tyler Wilson’s status is uncertain, and you have a blowout in Fayetteville. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Much will be expected from Mark Trumbo (left) and Albert Pujols (right) if the Angels want to make a playoff run.
By Josh Kramer
Football, football, and more football. How nice was it to have a Saturday and Sunday jam-packed with football action? Your weekends may be less productive, but more entertaining for the forseeable future. Not to mention we are nearing the end of the MLB regular season and the Chase for the Cup is on. Last week was fun, but you better believe that this week will be a good one in its own right. Here are the events to keep an eye on.
5. The Chase is finally on. After 31 races spanning over nearly seven months, the field has been whittled down to 12. There are ten races left starting at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday. Who will take it home? We know that Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch won’t.
4. Strasburg is done. Teixeira could be done. The injury-bug has struck as the season nears the final twenty games. It is September and teams are doing all they can to land a spot in the postseason. The races of note are taking place in the AL East, the AL Central, and of course for the four wild card spots this year. My matchup of the week takes place in the friendly confines at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels: Who else envisioned the Angels participating in the Fall Classic this year? I know I am not alone. Well the clock is continuing to tick and currently, the Angels will miss the postseason entirely. Fortunately for them, they open up a four-game set tonight against the team they are chasing. Got to love how MLB scheduling works out at times.
It is make or break time for the Angels. There is no better way to track down the team you are chasing than to handle business against them head to head. The Angels appear to finally be clicking at the right time led by the terrific trio of Trout, Trumbo, and Pujols. Look for the Angels to close the gap by nabbing three of four in front of a very supportive home crowd. Also, expect the Angels to catch and pass Oakland when all is said and done. The remainder of the A’s schedule includes the likes of the Orioles, the Tigers, the Yankees, and lots of Texas. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of mutualuniversity.blogspot.com. People received a heavy dose of Todd McShay (left) and Mel Kiper (right) this weekend. There is still plenty more to come.
By Josh Kramer
How many times this weekend did you hear the following lines? “That’s a reach.” “The sky is the limit for this guy.” I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am all NFL Drafted out. It is a great event. But on to the next one. What a great time in sports right now. Major League Baseball is just getting going. The NBA and NHL playoffs are in full swing. Here are the events to keep an eye on this week.
5. Have you had enough of the NFL Draft yet? Well guess what, the coverage is not over. Despite the insane amount of attention that the NFL’s marquee off-season event received, there is still plenty more to come as the experts try to tell you how good or bad your team did in the war room. Here are a few interesting statistics in regards to the 2012 NFL Draft.
-55% of the drafted players (142 of 253) came out of the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, and Pac-12.
-Alabama has turned into the new NFL U (8 players selected). Plus, the Crimson Tide became only the second school ever to have multiple underclassmen selected in the first round of the draft in three consecutive years (Miami is the other).
-Times are changing. The Sunshine State was not smiling on Thursday night. No players from Miami, Florida, or Florida State were selected in the first round for the first time since 1980.
-A new record of 19 early entrants were selected in round one (the previous record was 17 in 2010).
-Boise State had six players drafted this year. Only Alabama, Oklahoma, and Georgia had more taken. I am sure people will blame this on the “easy” schedule though. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Louisville has one edge on Kentucky heading into Saturday's showdown. That would be at the point guard position where Peyton Siva (pictured above) has played great as of late. Siva's heroics will not be enough for Louisville this time though.
By Josh Kramer
I have avoided it for the past few weeks. I know it is a bad idea. And when my bracket completely unraveled on the first Friday of the tournament by around 11PM, my desire to provide round by round predictions faded (thanks to Norfolk State and Lehigh largely). But this the Final Four. There is no bigger story in sports. Plus, this year lacks a Cinderella and features two rematches of powerhouse programs. Here are my predictions as the attention of an entire nation heads to Nawlins (New Orleans).
Louisville vs Kentucky
The Skinny: Round two in 2012 of one of College Basketball’s best rivalries. There has probably never been a bigger sporting spectacle in the illustrious history of the Bluegrass State. Come 9PM on Saturday, let’s hope that all cities in the state of Kentucky are still standing. This is the 3rd straight year that the Big East Champion has made it to the Final Four. Coincidentally, Calipari’s past two Kentucky teams have both seen the same fate in March: losses to the Big East Tournament Champion in the NCAA Tournament (West Virginia 2010, Connecticut 2011). The third time will be the charm for the Wildcats though. In my lifetime, I do not think there has ever been more of a heavy favorite heading into the Final Four. This includes the 1991 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (who oddly enough lost) and the 2007 Florida Gators. Kentucky is the best team College Basketball has seen in the past 15 years. They have no noticeable weaknesses and are currently playing their best basketball.
Interesting Stats: Calipari is 8 and 8 career versus John Calipari (11 and 11 if you include NBA days) Though it should be noted that Calipari is a career 0 and 4 versus Pitino in postseason matchups. Lastly, Calipari and Pitino are the only college basketball coaches ever to take three different programs to the Final Four.
Prediction: Kentucky 80 Louisville 67 Continue reading
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Tagged Aaron Kraft, Anthony Davis, Big East, Connecticut Huskies, Deshaun Thomas, Final Four, Florida Gators, Gary Payton, Jared Sullinger, Jeff Withey, John Calipari, Kansas Jayhawks, Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, Marquis Teague, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, NCAA Tournament, Ohio State Buckeyes, Peyton Siva, Phog Allen Fieldhouse, Rick Pitino, Thomas Robinson, Tyshawn Taylor, UNLV Runnin' Rebels, West Virginia Mountaineers, William Buford
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
Here is a snippet..
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 zimbio.com. The first weekend of March Madness lived up to all of the hype and more. Outside of the wild upsets, the Kendall Marshall (pictured above) wrist-injury was one of the main storylines.
By Matt Murray
If ever there was a year to regroup after the first weekend, this is it. So that’s exactly what we’re going to do. We’re going to forget the first fifty games that have already happened, and re-examine the field as it stands, with the 16 teams left standing.
Before we discuss, here is what the remaining field looks like.
#1 Kentucky vs #4 Indiana
#3 Baylor vs #10 Xavier
#1 Michigan St. vs #4 Louisville
#3 Marquette vs #7 Florida
#1 Syracuse vs #4 Wisconsin
#6 Cincinnati vs #2 Ohio St
#1 North Carolina vs #13 Ohio
#11 NC State vs #2 Kansas
Amidst all the madness of the first four days, it was easy to feel a little bit like the tournament had imploded upon itself; that blue bloods had given way to Cinderellas and that while shocks are good for the tournament, some of this madness had somehow done us a disservice. But now, with four days to breath, it becomes a little bit more apparent that order will likely be restored. The only No. 1 seed playing anything less than a 4-seed is North Carolina, who will strike midnight on this year’s Cinderella, Ohio University, with relative ease (with or without Kendall Marshall). Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. According to our guest blogger Andrew Wittry, John Calipari (pictured above) will be a happy man on the night of April 2nd as he finally gets the monkey off his back and brings home a national championship.
By Andrew Wittry
Andrew Wittry is a senior at St. Xavier High School who literally eats and sleeps sports. He is looking forward to college and avidly pursuing a career in sports journalism. Andrew has an already well- established blog called Sports.Eat.Sleep.Repeat., where he posts new content regarding both professional and collegiate sports a few times each week.
Which month would you give up to have more March? While Buffalo Wild Wings jokingly uses this phrase in their recent March Madness advertising campaign, in all seriousness, I would willingly give up a few days of each month to be able to have more of the NCAA Tournament.
After coming home on from practice the other night and looking at the bracket, I could not have been more pleased with the field. When the biggest complaint about a team being left out is Drexel, a team out of the Colonial Athletic Association, who did win nineteen of its final twenty games, but did not have a single quality win out of conference, the committee did an excellent job. Though Drexel’s amazing late season surge in which they reeled off 19 wins in their last 20 games was highly impressive. I was very excited about how well the local teams fared as Xavier’s run in the A-10 Tournament earned the team a 10 seed and Cincinnati claimed a six spot. UC’s six was due in large part to giving #2 Syracuse its second loss of the season.
Here are my initial reactions from Selection Sunday:
Is Kentucky’s road to the Final Four too tough? Continue reading
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