Category:NCAAB
Posted on: April 8, 2008 12:34 am
 

NCAA Basketball Top 25

1. North Carolina
2. UCLA
3. Memphis
4. Kansas
5. Wisconsin
6. Tennessee
7. Texas
8. Georgetown
9. Butler
10. Duke
11. Stanford
12. Xavier
13. Louisville
14. Drake
15. Notre Dame
16. Connecticut
17. Washington State
18. Vanderbilt
19. Pittsburgh
20. Michigan State
21. Purdue
22. Clemson
23. Davidson
24. Southern California
25. Marquette
The top 25 entering the tournament is above. Here are my final rankings:

1 (4). Kansas
2 (3) Memphis
3 (1) North Carolina
4 (2) UCLA
5 (7). Texas
6 (13). Louisville
7 (6). Tennessee
8 (12). Xavier
9 (11). Stanford
10 (23). Davidson
11 (5). Wisconsin
12 (9). Butler
13 (8) Georgetown
14 (10). Duke
15 (20). Michigan State
16 (17). Washington State
17 (15). Notre Dame
18 (NR). West Virginia
19 (19). Pittsburgh
20 (14). Drake
21 (16). Connecticut
22 (21). Purdue
23 (18). Vanderbilt
24 (NR). Arkansas
25 (NR). Western Kentucky

Dropped out: Clemson (22), Southern California (24), Marquette (25)
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 23, 2008 8:52 pm
 

NCAA Tournament Recap: Second round

Here were my picks to win in the second round before the matchups were set:

North Carolina- win
Notre Dame- loss
Louisville- win
Tennessee-win

Kansas- win
Vanderbilt- didn't play
Southern Cal- didn't play
Georgetown- loss

Memphis- win
Pittsburgh- loss
Stanford-win
Texas- win

UCLA- win
Connecticut- didn't play
Xavier- win
Duke- loss

Here were my picks once the matchups were set:

North Carolina- win
Notre Dame- loss
Louisville- win
Tennessee- win

Kansas- win
Villanova- win
Kansas State- loss
Georgetown- loss

Memphis- win
Pittsburgh- loss
Stanford- win
Texas- win

UCLA- win
San Diego- loss
Xavier- win
West Virginia- win
  • I went 9-7 in the second round in my bracket.
  • I went 11-5 picking the second round games after the first round was played.
  • Pittsburgh losing yesterday eliminated any hopes of me cashing...
What I noticed:

Davidson is scary good: I knew that they were a very good team having seen them a few times before the NCAA Tournament. I saw their ability to come back in their game against UNC-Greensboro. Stephen Curry is one special player. Too bad he was only offered two D-I scholarships (Davidson and Winthrop). Davidson is very good at hitting timely shots and making smart decisions.

Missed lay-ups: I have seen more and more missed layups- especially on breakaways. These are easy two points that teams are throwing away.

Poor free throw shooting is poison in the NCAA Tournament: Well, I knew this already, but apparently other teams don't. Memphis almost blew their game against Mississippi State by going 6-12 from the line in the final minute. Georgetown shot 8-17 in their loss to Davidson.

There is no college basketball until Thursday, except the NIT where my Sun Devils are playing Florida.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 23, 2008 2:25 pm
Edited on: March 23, 2008 2:27 pm
 

NCAA Tournament Picks: Second Round

Villanova over Siena
Texas over Miami
Tennessee over Butler
Georgetown over Davidson
San Diego over Western Kentucky
Memphis over Mississippi State
Louisville over Oklahoma
North Carolina over Arkansas

Here were my picks:

Vanderbilt over Villanova
Texas over St. Mary's
Tennessee over Butler
Georgetown over Davidson
Connecticut over Drake
Memphis over Oregon
Louisville over St. Joseph's
North Carolina over Arkansas

My bracket is dead anyway. I am just hoping my teams win for pride.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 22, 2008 3:37 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2008 3:40 pm
 

NCAA Tournament Picks: Second Round

West Virginia over Duke
Kansas State over Wisconsin
Xavier over Purdue
Notre Dame over Washington State
Stanford over Marquette
Kansas over UNLV
Pittsburgh over Michigan State
UCLA over Texas A&M
I had:

Duke over Arizona
Southern California over Wisconsin
Xavier over Baylor
Notre Dame over Washington State
Stanford over Marquette
Kansas over Kent State
Pittsburgh over Michigan State
UCLA over Texas A&M
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 22, 2008 1:03 am
 

NCAA Tournament Recap: First round

Here were my picks to win in the first round:

North Carolina- win
Arkansas- win
Notre Dame- win
Washington State- win
St. Joseph's- loss
Louisville- win
Butler- win
Tennessee-win

Kansas- win
Kent State- loss
Villanova- win
Vanderbilt- loss
Wisconsin- win
Southern Cal- loss
Davidson- win
Georgetown- win

Memphis- win
Oregon- loss
Michigan State- win
Pittsburgh- win
Marquette- win
Stanford-win
St. Mary's- loss
Texas- win

UCLA- win
Texas A&M- win
Drake- loss
Connecticut- loss
Baylor- loss
Xavier- win
Arizona- loss
Duke- win
  • I went 22-10 in the first round, which is really bad.
  • I was 4-6 picking the lower seed.
  • 13 of my Sweet 16 teams are still alive (Connecticut, Southern Cal, Vanderbilt)
What I noticed:

While watching the Clemson/Villanova game, there was a held ball when Villanova had the ball, with the possession arrow pointing towards Clemson. Villanova head coach Jay Wright thought that there was a foul on the play, and he got a technical foul for his actions. I thought that would be the momentum swing that Clemson needed to come back and win. Thank goodness that Villanova won.

I saw more fouls on three point attempts in one day that I have ever seen. It is ridiculous how undisciplined some of these players can be. Villanova guard Corey Fisher had two fouls on three point attempts a few minutes apart.

Free throws are very important. I knew that coming in, and that is mainly why I picked Villanova to beat Clemson. However, poor free throw shooting could mean the end for a team in the NCAA Tournament. Most of the teams that did well from the line won their game.

There was a record setting day/night in Tampa, Florida. All of the higher seeds won in a region for the first time ever (San Diego, Western Kentucky, Villanova, SIena). This killed many brackets, and the afternoon games were incredibly exciting. That was a bad timeout by Keno Davis in my opinion. That timeout allowed Western Kentucky to set up an offensive play even though they did not have any timeouts left. Still, it was a well defended shot, and it still went down.

Brandon Johnson had one of the guttiest performances in the NCAA Tournament thus far. He injured his groin late in the second half, but he stayed on the floor the rest of the way before fouling out. He was a main reason why San Diego won, also combined with San Diego's superior guard play (in my opinion). It was definitely noticeable to me.

All four teams playing within 175 miles of their campus won in the first round (Kansas State in Omaha, UCLA in Anaheim, North Carolina in Raleigh, and Davidson in Raleigh). I guess home court does make a huge difference in the NCAA Tournament.

What I didn't notice:

Teams were not afraid to shoot the three. There were an NCAA Tournament record 70 combined three-pointers taken in the Drake/Western Kentucky game, and there were a record 30 made 3-pointers in that same game. We see more and more teams rely heavily on the three-ball now.

The referees making bad calls: I thought that the refs did a fine job in the first round. The calls varied depending on the ref, but I think they knew that they should not be the deciding factor in the game.
The second round starts later today, and let's hope it is just as exciting as today. It will be very hard to top what happened in the first round though.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 22, 2008 12:31 am
 

NCAA Tournament Picks

Here are my full NCAA Tournament picks. I never had a chance to post them:

First round:

North Carolina
Arkansas
Notre Dame
Washington State
St. Joseph's
Louisville
Butler
Tennessee

Kansas
Kent State
Villanova
Vanderbilt
Wisconsin
Southern Cal
Davidson
Georgetown

Memphis
Oregon
Michigan State
Pittsburgh
Marquette
Stanford
St. Mary's
Texas

UCLA
Texas A&M
Drake
Connecticut
Baylor
Xavier
Arizona
Duke

Second round:


North Carolina
Notre Dame
Louisville
Tennessee

Kansas
Vanderbilt
Southern Cal
Georgetown

Memphis
Pittsburgh
Stanford
Texas

UCLA
Connecticut
Xavier
Duke

Regional Semifinals:

North Carolina
Louisville

Kansas
Georgetown

Pittsburgh
Texas

UCLA
Xavier

Regional Finals:

North Carolina
Kansas
Texas
UCLA

National Semifinals:

Kansas
UCLA

National Finals:

UCLA
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 20, 2008 7:22 pm
 

Bracket records (7 P.M. update)

Here are my records in my brackets so far after the Cornell/Stanford game:

Yahoo 1: 7-1 (Kent State)
Yahoo 2: 8-0
Yahoo 3: 7-1 (Kent State)
*CBS 1: 5-3 (Temple, Kent State, Baylor)
CBS 2: 7-1 (Kent State)
CBS 3: 7-1 (Baylor)
ESPN 1: 7-1 (Kent State)
ESPN 2: 8-0
ESPN 3: 6-2 (Kent State, Baylor)
ESPN 4: 8-0
**Offline: 6-2 (Kent State, Baylor)

I do not have any teams out in the sweet 16 so far. All of the teams I had losing I had losing in the next round anyway.

*Upset bracket
**Money pool
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 19, 2008 11:57 pm
 

NCAA Tournament Picks: First round

First round picks:

North Carolina
Arkansas
Notre Dame
Washington State
St. Joseph's
Louisville
Butler
Tennessee

Kansas
Kent State
Villanova
Vanderbilt
Wisconsin
Southern Cal
Davidson
Georgetown

Memphis
Oregon
Michigan State
Pittsburgh
Marquette
Stanford
St. Mary's
Texas

UCLA
Texas A&M
Drake
Connecticut
Baylor
Xavier
Arizona
Duke
Category: NCAAB
 
 
 
 
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