By Josh Kramer
Take a look at the official March Madness selections from TheSportsKraze…
2012 NCAA Tournament Bracket
Kentucky over Duke
-The Laettner shot of 20 years ago is still fresh in the minds of Big Blue Nation. Too much Kentucky talent and too much Anthony Davis for the Blue Devils this time around though.
Michigan State over Marquette
-Marquette’s dynamic senior duo of Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder have been impressive all year. But Tom Izzo’s smarts and Draymond Green’s unwavering work ethic will prove too much in this one as the Spartans make their 7th Final Four appearance in 14 years.
Florida State over Syracuse
-The Big East regular season champs would have proven to be far too deep for a Florida State team that vastly exceeded expectations this year had Fab Melo been on the floor. No “Melo,” means no Final Four for a very good Syracuse team.
North Carolina over Kansas
Tyler Zeller and Thomas Robinson battling it out in the paint? It doesn’t get much better. North Carolina not only has the size to match up with Kansas, but they also have the depth. There will be no Rock Chalk Jayhawk on this day as Roy Williams breathes a sigh of relief.
Kentucky over Michigan State
-This has been the best coaching job of Tom Izzo’s career. Finally, the lack of talent in Spartyville will be put on full blast against the nation’s most talented group out of Lexington. The Spartans will have no answer for Anthony Davis, much like the rest of the nation.
North Carolina over Florida State
-So much for the ACC being down this year. Beating a team two times in the same year is one of the most difficult things to do in college basketball. Defeating a team three times is almost unheard of. Just ask a Kentucky team that was clearly better than SEC-foe Vanderbilt. UNC is the better all-around team. And it will show on this day as they avoid a clean sweep from Florida State.
North Carolina over Kentucky (73 to 72)
-As we learned in the BCS Championship Game this year, beating a great team two times in the same year can be very difficult. Not only did UK defeat the Tar Heels back on December 3rd, but they also beat North Carolina in last year’s Elite Eight. Young Kentucky learns the hard way on April 2nd against a surging Tar Heels team that can match their depth and athleticism. Let the Calipari questioning begin.
Good luck with your picks and enjoy the best three weeks we have in sports.
Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Even two years ago to the day, I was already jumping on the Harrison Barnes (pictured above) bandwagon.
By Josh Kramer
Many say, “You have to know the past to understand the present.” Due to popular demand and in celebration of “TheSportsKraze” reaching over 800 posts, I am going to spend the next few Saturdays of each week looking back. I will examine what I was discussing on the blog on this date one year ago, and two years ago. Today happens to be that lucky day of that week. Welcome to the first edition of “Throwback Saturday.”
Two years ago…
A Changing of the Guard
Here is a little snippet.
In very peculiar fashion, both UNC and the Dukies took a loss in conference play on the same night. Not to mention they both lost to unranked opponents! Is there a changing of the guard occurring in the ACC?…
In my opinion, this is simply just a down year for both squads. North Carolina has the top recruit in the country in Harrison Barnes coming next year and Duke has an outstanding recruiting class arriving as well. Who are the coaches of these highly renowned programs? Oh yeah, I forgot Coach K and Roy Williams. Both have multiple National Titles and are not going anywhere anytime soon.
Duke still has a legitimate shot to do some damage this year though being led by Kyle Singler and Jon Scheyer (To finish reading the post, click this link). Continue reading
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Tagged ACC, Australian Open, Duke Blue Devils, ESPN, Harrison Barnes, Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler, Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina Tar Heels, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Roy Williams, Virginia Tech Hokies
Photo courtesy of raleighdurham.about.com. Can North Carolina Head Coach Roy Williams (pictured above) rally his team to a huge victory over Kentucky in Lexington Saturday?
By Josh Kramer
What a past week in sports. Wild NFL action. Rivalry weekend for College Football. Big time College Basketball upsets. A shocking out of thin air NBA Labor agreement. And a return of the NHL’s biggest star. It will definitely be tough for this upcoming week to top last week.
Here are the events to keep an eye on.
5. The Return of the Mack. Hockey’s biggest star has returned to the ice, and appears ready to pick up right where he left off. The hockey world got a momentous gift, when Sid “the Kid” Crosby took the ice for the first time in over 11 months. With Ovechkin’s stardom waning, the NHL has been thirsting a star for the better part of six months. That void appears to have been filled with the “Return of the Crosby.” Talk about the strong getting stronger. Pittsburgh already possessed the best record in hockey. Now they just added the best player a quarter of the way into the season. Continue reading
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Tagged ACC, AFC, Alexander Ovechkin, Arkansas Razorbacks, Baltimore Ravens, BCS, Big 12, Big Ten, Boston Bruins, Green Bay Packers, John Calipari, Kentucky Wildcats, LSU Tigers, NBA, NCAA Basketball, Ndamukong Suh, NFC, NFL, NHL, North Carolina Tar Heels, Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh Penguins, Roy Williams, SEC, Sidney Crosby, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals
Photo courtesy of koonskollegebball.wordpress.com. North Carolina is my pick to cut down the nets this year. In order to do that, expect Harrison Barnes (pictured above) to lead the way.
By Josh Kramer
The most recent edition of March Madness was one for the ages. It was a tournament that kept fans on the edge of their seats from Day 1 all the way to the National Championship Game. And as is typically the case regarding college hoops, the season has started without a bang.
How many of you are aware that real regular season college hoops has been played? Unless your respective team has opened up the season, I am guessing that this is news to you. Why does college basketball always start at such a weird time, amid such a lack of publicity? Nobody knows, but things will heat up. That is a promise.
With all of the insanity going on in sports at the moment, college hoops may be a good release. Either way, as is always the case, come mid-January, college basketball will be at the center of the sporting stratosphere.
Here is my top five: Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of signedautograph.com. Todd Heap (pictured above) was one of the more surprising cuts thus far in the current free agency bonanza.
By Josh Kramer
All parties involved begged for it, and now they got it. NFL football, after the longest work stoppage in League history is officially back. And the wildest free agency bonanza that we will probably ever get to witness in our lifetime is on. And yes, this will top last July’s epic, “Decision.” Though the lockout was just lifted yesterday, there has already been action galore. And I must say, the cuts have surprised me.
Three teams that are expected to be major contenders this year have stolen the show with a couple of surprising cuts/releases of players in my eyes.
Baltimore Ravens Continue reading
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Tagged Baltimore Ravens, Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Derrick Mason, fantasy football, Houston Texans, Kelly Gregg, Leonard Davis, Marion Barber, Matt Leinart, Mike Brown, NFL, Peter Carroll, Roy Williams, Todd Heap, Willis McGahee
Earlier today, legendary Maryland Terrapins Head Basketball Coach Gary Williams (pictured above) announced his retire. College Basketball, the ACC, and most of all Maryland will miss the coaching great.
Today College Basketball lost a great man. Fortunately I am not referring to a death, though I am still deeply saddened by today’s big announcement. A man who took over a program amid turmoil. A man who brought a program back to prominence. A man who was vastly overshadowed by fellow coaching legends within his own conference. A man who is one of the all time greats. A man who has never and probably will never ever get his due. Well today, I am going to give him his due. Continue reading
Our very own Grant Freking thinks that Andy Dalton (pictured above) will start from Day 1 in Cincinnati. Will he become the new face of the Bengal's organization?
Grant Freking is a Lantern (OSU Newspaper) sports writer. Ology magazine managing editor. OSU football featured columnist for Bleacher Report. High school football reporter for Newark Advocate. You can follow him on Twitter @GrantFreking.
What to like: Andy Dalton and A.J. Green Continue reading
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Tagged A.J. Green, Andre Smith, Andrew Whitworth, Andy Dalton, Bobbie Williams, Carlos Dunlap, Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco, Chinedum Ndukwe, Cincinnati Bengals, Clint Boling, Domata Peko, Geno Atkins, Grant Freking, Jerome Simpson, Jordan Shipley, Kyle Cook, Michael Johnson, Nate Livings, Pat Sims, Reggie Nelson, Roy Williams, TCU Horned Frogs, University of Georgia