Sunday, March 11, 2007

Commence Madness

It's that time of year, when for at least a couple of days toggling between gossip blogs is usurped as the number-one time-waster at work. The next three days should be spent furiously filling out tournament brackets for as many as pools as you can afford to enter. Looking at the matchups, I'm happy that UNC is a top seed, but significantly less than happy that they might have to play Michigan State, Texas, and Georgetown before getting to the Final Four. Good lord.

I want the Heels with my heart, but here are my initial Final Four predictions from the old noggin: Florida, Kansas, Texas, and Texas A&M.

As always, this is gonna be fun.

3 Comments:

Blogger jka said...

I love this time of year. No matter how much you know the history of this tournamnet in the early round, it never ceases to amaze me how we keep picking the favorites almost everytime. While history tells us that seeds 1-3 generally make the final four, it's those early rounds where money is made and lost. So, at the risk of looking like a basketball neophyte, I will keep my picks to the final four and the always predictable 5 v 12 upset.

My final four (with mounds of wishful thinking informing the pick) FLORIDA out of the midwest; KANSAS out of the West (although a Kansas UCLA matchup in the elite eight would be a whale of a game); TEXAS out of the East (insert wishful thinking here); TEXAS A&M out of the South (San Antonio awaits if they break through the first two and it being a home game for them coupled with the fact that it'll be A&M's first meaningful sporting event in a decade equals big fanatic home advantage).

The 5 v. 12 matchups are really hard because three of them are really tough calls. I wouldn't have been able to tell you which of the teams was the 5 or 12 seed without the numbers. So, my 5 v. 12 upsets are Illinois over Virginia Tech, and Arkansas over USC.

1:20 PM  
Blogger JMW said...

You picked the same Final Four as me! Smart guy.

I do think UNC has the advantage in the East, but I'm all too aware of the dominant-individual-carrying-a-team thread in NCAA history, including Danny Manning at Kansas and 'Melo and Syracuse. I'd say Durant fits that bill. But we'll see. This seems like the most balanced tourney in ages, probably because of the rule keeping high school grads from going straight to the NBA.

2:19 PM  
Blogger jka said...

Wow. I really didn't notice we picked the same four.

This tourney is really tough to pick. No clear number one (although last year's clear number one was Connecticut). There are so many gamers that it will be fun to watch as usual. Durant is very much in the mold of Carmelo. The 'Cuse won that tournament not only becuase of their incredibly "long" team playing the 2-3 zone to perfection, but 'melo hit EVERYTHING in that tournament. If Durant does the same (and that's always a big "if") he can do for Texas what 'Melo did for the 'cuse. One difference in the two is that Durant does more. He can rebound and block a ton of shots. I can't wait to watch.

12:05 PM  

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