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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The brackets are out. Let the journey to Houston begin!
The Brackets are finally officially set. No more speculation. No more bracketology. I will admit that what ESPN Bracketology specialist Joe Lunardi does is pretty remarkable. But it is made out as if his bracket is more important than the real thing some times. I will take the bracket presented by the CBS Selection Show every day of the week over Lunardi’s. Anyways, after watching the Selection Show this evening, here are a few initial items that really jumped out at me: Continue reading
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We have an amazing week of College Basketball ahead and I foresee Jay Wright (pictured above) leading his Villanova squad to 2 major victories. Expect Nova to be in the top 10 come Monday.
I will admit that I enjoyed All Star Weekend more than I normally do. The Dunk Contest had a little spice to it, unlike last year’s fiasco. Though it did seem a bit rigged to go in Griffin’s favor. JaVale McGee put on a pretty strong showing in his own right. Then the game. Though very boring for a while, really picked up in the 4th. The play of the game in my eyes was when Kobe flushed home the dunk on the break in King Jame’s grill. And then he gave him a little pat on the butt. Kobe sent a message last night to the Heat, Celtics, and other contending teams. The Lakers will be ready come playoff time. You can count on it. Continue reading
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