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10 Things You Should Know Before the First Round

Posted on: March 17, 2009 4:20 pm
 

1) I will be blogging it live! I did this last year and it was a huge success. I expect a lot of questions from you guys, so don't let me down.

2) Oklahoma & Wake Forest scare me. If you didn't listen to my podcasts then you don't know this, but neither team has really won a big game on the road this season. Both are suppose to be top teams. How is this going to affect them in the NCAA Tournament? I'm really starting to think both could be gone before the Sweet 16.

3) The selection committee is suppose to try to avoid rematches from the season and from previous NCAA Tournaments. BYU-Texas A&M is a rematch from last season's first round and in one of the most puzzling decisions by the committee both Kansas-Michigan State and Florida State-Pittsburgh can happen again in the Sweet 16.

4) Louisville has the toughest road of all the number one seeds, but yet the Cardinals are the overall #1 seed in the entire tournament. Louisville has Michigan State, Wake Forest, Kansas, and West Virginia in its region. Yet it's hard not to see the Cardinals making the Final Four if they avoid a loss to Wake Forest in the Sweet 16.

5) I've ended my last three sentences with Sweet 16. That's interesting because at this point I want to discuss the potential Cinderellas that could make the Sweet 16. In my opinion Cinderellas are really Cinderellas, low seeded teams that can win two games at least. My three choices (if I had to choose three) would be Northern Iowa, Mississippi State, and Portland State.

6) The best first round game is probably going to be Oklahoma State-Tennessee. Make sure you don't miss this one if possible.

7) Michigan-Clemson isn't far behind. Between the inconsistent play of Clemson and the Wolverines unlikely trip to the NCAA Tournament lies a great story. It just depends on who wins. Either way Oklahoma is cringing thinking about playing either in round two.

8) Pittsburgh is the most complete team. I think North Carolina is the best, but the Panthers are the most complete.

9) The tournament's best first round matchup between individual players is between Temple's Dionte Christmas and Arizona State's James Harden. I am willing to bet they combine for at least 45 points.

10) My complete breakdown/picks of the NCAA Tournament field will be out tomorrow! For now I do have four podcasts for you to listen to (although they aren't very professional or clear in some cases):

Midwest Region
East Region
West Region
South Region

Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: March 18, 2009 1:29 am
 

10 Things You Should Know Before the First Round

  think Kansas has the best chance to beat Louisville.  But I'm not sure they'll get past West Virginia.

I don't see Mississippi State as a Cinderella, because they won the SEC tournament.  To me, no power conference team can be a Cinderella.  Even if they're seeded 13... THATS IS SOO LAME SORRY GUYS




Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2009 12:41 am
 

10 Things You Should Know Before the First Round

Despite it being a rematch I am looking forward to the BYU-A&M rematch, it should be one of the best games of the 1st Round.

Go BYU! (Ugggh, I just threw up in my mouth!)

 

 




Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: March 17, 2009 9:32 pm
 

10 Things You Should Know Before the First Round

I think Kansas has the best chance to beat Louisville.  But I'm not sure they'll get past West Virginia.

I don't see Mississippi State as a Cinderella, because they won the SEC tournament.  To me, no power conference team can be a Cinderella.  Even if they're seeded 13.




Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 17, 2009 7:40 pm
 

10 Things You Should Know Before the First Round

Dan, I think BYU-A&M are matched up because A&M can't play Oklahoma State (conference) or LSU (rematch) and BYU can't play in Fri./Sun. pods or regionals. 




Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: March 17, 2009 6:04 pm
 

10 Things You Should Know Before the First Round

I believe that 1UNC will beat 4Gonzaga, even though I am a Zags fan. I believe this because UNC has had a great season and I have put UNC to win it all in everyone of my brackets. The chances of the two teams playing together are high though, so you can expect a great match up between UNC and the Zags.

 




Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: March 17, 2009 5:58 pm
 

10 Things You Should Know Before the First Round

what do you think of the possible UNC-Gonzaga Sweet 16  matchup. does it look like a slam dunk? I know i have it in all my brackets.




Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: March 17, 2009 4:46 pm
 

10 Things You Should Know Before the First Round

What do you think of the UCLA-VCU matchup?  I personally think VCU will pull off the upset.



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