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1st Round Predictions!


I have a few thoughts on this Thursday’s match ups.  I think the nation will be shocked by what they will see and even more shocked by my predictions and upsets I have picked. All these games I have on my bracket (I only have one bracket. I hate people who have a billion brackets filled out.  Your bound to be successful in one pool if you fill out 10 brackets, amateurs).

East Region: 1st Round

The Sycamores have the ability to shoot lights out from behind the arc. Don't be surprised if they pull off the 1st round upset

  • Obviously I have Ohio State advancing.
  • George Mason/Villanova is a tough pick but I’m going with George Mason
  • West Virginia over the play team (Clemson/UAB)
  • Kentucky over Princeton
  • I have Xavier over Marquette
  • Indiana St. over Syracuse ( I know I’m crazy but, I have a feeling ISU will shoot well against the zone. That’s  just me though)
  • Washington over Georgia big time
  • North Carolina over Long Island

West Region: 1st Round

Oakland has shown their ability to put up points in bunches. Look for the high scoring Golden Grizzlies to show up the low scoring Longhorns of Texas

  • Duke over Hampton, of course
  • Michigan over The Vols
  • Arizona over Memphis
  • Oakland > Texas.  Call me crazy but Texas has been struggling to score and the boys from Oakland have experience and can put points on the board. They put up 100+ twice this season including once in their conference tourney
  • Mizzou bests Cincy
  • Uconn pounds Bucknell
  • Penn St pulls out the shocker
  • San Diego State gets past Northern Colorado

Southwest Region: 1st Round

Kelsey Barlow has been suspended for the remainder of the season. His lockdown D could be missed in the backcourt when Lewis Jackson needs a breather

  • Kansas over Boston (Kansas has a crappy track record against teams that start with “B”. Does Bucknell or Bradley ring a bell?) However, I think the Jayhawks have this one
  • Illinois over UNLV
  • Vandy over Richmond, this was a tough one to pick too
  • Louisville > Morehead St. Gotta love the in state match up though!
  • Georgetown over play in (USC/VCU)
  • Purdue over St. Peter’s (Although losing Kelsey Barlow for the season hurts I think Purdue has enough guard depth, offensively, to still make a run)
  • Texas A&M over Florida St. I have no clue on this one. Simply went with the higher seed on this one
  • Notre Dame over Akron

Southeast Region: 1st Round

The Aggies won 30 games this season. Look for them to come out confident against the inconsistent kansas State Wildcats

  • Pitt over NC-Ashville
  • Butler ousts Old Dominion
  • Utah St pulls out a thriller against Kansas St ( I don’t care who you play you don’t win 30 games by accident.  I see Utah St. shocking the nation only in the new 2nd round, field of 64)
  • Wisconsin over Belmont. Bo Ryan will have his guys ready to go
  • St. John’s I feel will clobber Gonzaga
  • BYU escapes a close one against Wofford
  • Michigan State surprises everybody by actually showing up to play and beating UCLA
  • Florida wins it’s only game of the tournament against UC-Santa Barbara

I’ve mentioned in a reply to a comment that I’ve received that I’m unhappy and strongly disagree with some of the seedings.  Some of the match ups will be interesting and I see a lot of potential upsets.  The above mentioned upsets may sound ridiculous but how many people picked George Mason to make the run they made a few years back? They may be unlikely and I realize this.  However, anything can happen and if I call these games correctly I look like a genius and if not who really cares. I could care less either way.

I would like to hear all of your thoughts and points of views.  Especially if you think some different upsets may happen I’d be very interested in hearing your reasons of why.  Leave a comment and let everyone else know your opinion.

Thanks everybody for reading!

Washington State vs Baylor


It’s been awhile since I last posted.  I’ve been working doubles and have had little time to sleep let alone watch and write about basketball.  However, I’m a dedicated fan and while at my second job managed to watch a little basketball.

The Washington State Cougars have recently caught my eye.  I admit that before watching the Baylor game I knew little about them other than their W over Gonzaga (81-59).  While watching I noticed some really good basketball on the Cougar’s side of the ball.  I also think Baylor is overrated and it showed tonight.  I’ll start out by talking a little about Wash. St., then Baylor, and I’ll finish up with some thoughts I have about each team.

The Cougars impressed me, particularly in the first half.  Their team ball movement created a lot of open shot opportunities and easy points in the lane.  They only average 14.9 assists/game but tonight the pass really helped propel them to a victory.  Washington St. is also a very hot shooting team, 9th in shooting percentage/game.  Give them open shots and they’ll hit them, that’s exactly what happened to Baylor.  Baylor seemed a bit slow on D and was a little lackadaisical and Wash St. took advantage of Baylor’s poor defensive effort and put up 77 (1.9 points lower than their season average).  Klay Thompson also exhibited leadership skills second to none in this game.  He had 20 points and 3 assists and basically sat out the second half due to foul trouble.  When Thompson was out the Cougars seemed a little lost and this concerns me.  It’s always good to have a team leader and a go to guy but when he’s out you still have to be able to make stops on defense and put up points as a team.

Baylor. I don’t want to roast them too badly. After all they are DI ball players and I’m not. But, even I can see mistakes and weaknesses in teams.  As mentioned before the Bears defense was mediocre at best.  They only gave up 77 points but that was with Wash St.’s leading scorer out most of the second half.  They didn’t play help D at all and seemed to have no clue how to get through screens.  They also lacked consistent offense.  They lacked effective ball movement and penetration and settled for too many threes.  They passed the ball around the arc and would launch ill advised shots from the perimeter, a coach’s (and fans) nightmare.  To Baylor’s credit they did go on a 9-0 run midway through the second half when the Cougar’s Klay Thompson was out due to foul trouble.  However, they still lacked knowledge of what a good shot was and decided to play 3-point challenge instead of basketball and it cost them the game.

I think that if Washington St. can find somebody to step up and make buckets to take some pressure off of Thompson they’ll be a very tough team to beat come tourney time (both conference and March Madness).  I think with time they’ll find that guy because of the style they play. They seem to like to share the ball, even though their national rank doesn’t suggest that.  They also have good ball movement and penetration that creates open looks and easy opportunities to score.  As for Baylor, I have no idea how they’re ranked #15.  They have no solid wins and lost to a struggling Gonzaga squad. By conference play they’ll have more losses and will be unveiled as an overrated team.  Kansas and Kansas State will make them look silly and I’ll have a good time watching those games.