Photo courtesy of kimoracochran.com. President Obama (pictured above) has proven that he really knows his hoops finishing in the 87.4 percentile of ESPN's Bracket Challenge last year.
By Josh Kramer
We have entered the third month of “Throwback Saturdays” For those of you who are unfamiliar with the routine. This is a day where I look back at my posts on this date one year ago and two years ago. Then we can decipher how spot on I was with my thoughts or how miserably wrong I was. Typically, it is the latter scenario. So what was happening on March 17, 2011? How about March 17, 2010? Let’s find out.
Nearly one year ago (March 18, 2011)..
Madness Highlights Thus Far
Here is a snippet..
No predictions today. I will let my bracket play out a little. But I wanted to check in and let you know my initial thoughts of this year’s edition of March Madness.
-Number one, I only went 11 of 16 in Round 2 (Round of 64). That is not too good. Shows how much I know. President Obama went 14 of 16 and at the end of Thursday was in the 99.7th percentile in the ESPN Bracket Challenge (over 5.9 million participants). Our President definitely knows his hoops.
-The Louisville game was by far the biggest shocker of the day. I realize there were other upsets, but the Cardinals going down to an in-state Morehead State team? I guess Louisville could technically be considered the 3rd best team in the state of Kentucky now?
-What a start to the first few games of the tournament. 4 of the first 5 contests came down to final second shots. The tournament lived up to all of the hype and more in the first few hours of play. And it is a good thing it did. Because outside of the Michigan St./UCLA game, the nightcap was very weak, featuring multiple blowouts (To finish reading this post, click this link). Continue reading
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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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By Josh Kramer
Now that title is a bit deceiving. By no means am I saying that men’s basketball is better than women’s basketball. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Sure men’s hoop teams tend to be more talented, but the point here is that men’s basketball receives much greater viewership at both the collegiate and professional ranks than women’s basketball. It is a simple fact.
Now why exactly does this happen?
Here are the five main reasons.
1. Women’s basketball is way too predictable. Continue reading
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Allan Houston (pictured above) played a key role in helping lead the 8th seeded New York Knicks to the 1999 NBA Finals. Do not expect the Memphis Grizzlies, despite a big time win today, to roll all the way to the Finals. But the Western Conferences 5 through 8 teams are pretty solid.
2 shockers already on this first Sunday of the NBA Playoffs. The top 2 seeds in the Western Conference went down at home. Could the Spurs and Lakers legitimately lose these series and turn the NBA Playoffs into April/May Madness? It would be totally awesome with a capital A, but it will not happen. Continue reading
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I fully expect a thriller in the West Regional Final matchup between Arizona and Connecticut later today. But the X-Factor, and reason why the Huskies will win is the phenomenal play as of late by UConn super freshman, Jeremy Lamb (pictured above).
So my bracket has finally exploded over the past 2 nights. I was doing pretty well through the first weekend. But with 2 of my Final Four teams going down(Wisconsin, Ohio State), I am now in the same boat as the majority of America. I guess I can thank the Big Ten for ruining my bracket. Either way, it has been an unbelievable tournament with phenomenal finishes thus far. Last night’s late games were 2 of the best games I have seen all year. Continue reading
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