It’s Almost Over

68 teams entered and now we’re down to 4. The Final Four is set for the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Tournament. On one side Gonzaga will take on South Carolina and on the other Oregon will take on North Carolina. The West Coast has a good chance of finally bringing back a National Title (Arizona was the last West Coast Men’s team to win the title in 1997). Another possible scenario this year is that one of the Carolinas (North or South) could bring home the title. Interesting stuff huh?

The Women’s Tournament is also down to the Final Four as Mississippi State prepares to face 100! and Counting my bad Connecticut while the other game is a matchup between South Carolina and Stanford. The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs are making their first appearance in the Women’s Final Four. On the Men’s side, Gonzaga and South Carolina are making their first splash in the Final Four. Oregon made it a long time ago – 1939 to be exact – and won it.

North Carolina will be/are the favorites on the Men’s side. A last second win over Kentucky got them to the Final Four. My daughter slept through the final 3 minutes of the game despite the yelling after each shot.  In 14 seasons at UNC, Roy Williams has been to the Elite Eight – 8 times; Final Four – 5 times; and is 2-1 in National Championship games as the Tar Heels Head Coach (got that info courtesy of Bomani Jones on The Right Time). I give Coach Williams a lot flack but I think it’s time for me to retire.

 

Gonzaga’s Head Coach Mark Few got the monkey that wasn’t on his back the hell up outta here after his Zags bounced this year’s Cinderella – Xavier – by 24 points. Gonzaga is now playing with house money. They’ve done the  hard part and gotten to the Final weekend. They just have to win it now.

Oregon had the most impressive win in the Elite Eight. They knocked off the Kansas Jayhawks in what was a road game (thanks for the neutral site NCAA). The game was played in Kansas City, Missouri which is only 40 minutes away from – Lawrence, Kansas – the location of Kansas University. That didn’t stop Jordan Bell from owning the post on both ends of the court while Tyler Dorsey and Dillon Brooks roamed the perimeter.

The most unlikely team out of the four Men’s teams is South Carolina. South Carolina limped into the Tournament as a 7-seed and now they’ve made history. Frank Martin’s teams are known for their defense but on March 19th in the 2nd half against Duke they dropped 65 points!  *See them all below.

After doing everybody a favor and ridding us of Duke, they beat Baylor by 20 in the Sweet 16 before pulling off a tough win over Conference foe Florida. South Carolina outscored Florida 14 to 7 in the final 3:32 of that game.

The only team remaining in my bracket is North Carolina and they’re still my pick to win it. The Tar Heels have enough length and height to bother the guards on Oregon’s team. UNC also has enough big men to get the post and bother Jordan Bell. The team to meet North Carolina in the final will be Gonzaga. The Zags will be able to play whatever style South Carolina throws at them. Unlike Florida, I don’t see Gonzaga getting bogged down late in the game on the offensive end. South Carolina will put up a good fight but it won’t be enough.

On the Women’s side…UCONN! This is supposed to be a down year! Mississippi State has a lot of depth but I’m not sure if that’ll be enough. South Carolina has a great post player in A’ja Wilson. Tara VanDerveer has her Stanford team – a mixture of youth and experience – approaching the levels of success she’s accustomed to. Stanford’s win over Notre Dame was a surprise to some and they must be ready to go again on Friday night against South Carolina.

Remember folks…THE CEILING IS THE ROOF!

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It’s Almost Over

How To Lose A Bracket in 2 Days

Yes, it’s that time of year again.

Yes, I used a cheesy romcom to create the title of this post.

 

Now that we’ve gotten that out the way let’s move on to these brackets. In previous years I’ve given some sleepers which did just that and I’ve given some in-depth thoughts which led to much of nothing. So this time I’m telling you what NOT to do. Some of y’all have already filled out 16 brackets – mistake #1 – and after reading this; you will change some of those picks (mistake #2 but carry on). We don’t know if this tournament will be wide open or if it’ll follow suit as we watch the powerhouse teams march to the Final Four.

Alright I’ve already told you 2 things NOT to do but I’m sure you’ll do them anyway so here are a few more pointers. Do NOT take this bracket stuff serious. Even if you really want to beat the annoying coworker in your office don’t let him/her throw you off. You know why, cause some person that hasn’t watched a minute of College Basketball will win that office pool. Why??? Cause they’re smart enough to let someone that watches pick for them or they do something simple like pick the teams with nice mascots. *Those of you that have money riding on this thing will get more info later. Another common mistake is asking others “what they think?” Don’t do it! Reconsider! Read some literature on the subject (I don’t advise reading anything about this tournament but if) you’re sure then…yeah. Next and most importantly not least. Do not listen to or watch any sports shows!!! This will definitely have you with a broke, busted, and disgusted bracket. Only reason to listen or watch is if they’re speaking about an injured player. They’ll tell you about some team from some Conference that you’ve never heard of and then you’ll be staring at those 16 brackets again. At that point you’re lost in the sauce. See Gucci Mane if you need an explanation for what that means.

Ok money-makers, now it’s time for me to get through to you all. You won’t have a perfect bracket. I repeat…You Won’t Have A Perfect Bracket. But you will have a chance to cash in if you’re smart. Do NOT pick with your heart. Just don’t do it! I know you hate/love Duke or UNC. I know you think Coach Cal is overrated. I know you hate the Big Ten but be smart when making these picks. Another smart move is to NOT dwell on a pick. If you think long then you think wrong. This isn’t a school test so don’t sit there like it is a quantum physics mid term exam. I don’t encourage “double checking” but if you insist on doing this then don’t go changing all of your picks. Again this is not a test. My other tip for you money people is to not make more than 2 or 3 brackets. For instance, if you create a bracket on ESPN and then do one on Yahoo! then use the same picks. Don’t mix and match. That will leave you sad and upset when you realize you could’ve picked “Team A” on both sites instead of switching up.

Finally we are at the fun part. I’ve told you all what not to do but I haven’t given my Final Four picks. In the East, I have Villanova. The defending champs will be in Phoenix ready to defend their title. Do you know what State Phoenix is in? Yep, Arizona and that’s who will come out of the West Region. Sean Miller finally reaches the Final Four. From the Midwest I have Kansas. Bill Self will have these dudes ready to go on a run after that disappointing Big 12 Tournament appearance. And out of the South, I have North Carolina. Tar Heel fans I apologize in advance because your team is my pick to win it all. When things get shaky and it doesn’t look like UNC will win just remember “The ceiling is the roof”…the GOAT told us that. Enjoy March Madness folks because it may quickly turn into March Sadness.

 

How To Lose A Bracket in 2 Days