Photo courtesy of fayobserver.com. Harrison Barnes (pictured above) took yesterday's loss to Kansas hard. It will be a long off-season for the Tar Heel star whether he decides to leave for the NBA or stay in college for another year.
By Wesley Kaminsky
Uninterested. Choker. Overrated.
These have all been words used to describe Harrison Barnes in the wake of a second straight season in which the North Carolina Tar Heels have been ousted in the Elite Eight.
Too harsh? I’ll let you decide for yourself. Continue reading
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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 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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Cincinnati Reds 2nd year starting pitcher Mike Leake (pictured above) made one of the more bonehead decisions in recent memory. What could have been the reasoning and what will be the consequences?
It’s another Tuesday in the sporting world. Playoffs are going on in the professional sporting realm. The MLB Regular Season is heating up. And College Basketball players are finally passing up on the next level due to an uncertain future.
Here is a look at some of the main headlines. Continue reading
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Tagged Cincinnati Reds, Harrison Barnes, Jared Sullinger, Kentucky Wildcats, Mike Leake, NBA, NCAA Basketball, NL Central, North Carolina Tar Heels, Ohio State Buckeyes, Perry Jones III, Tyler Zeller