Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wicked Sweet, Guy...

So, friends. How's your bracket looking? Not that I really care, mind you. I'm just taking this opportunity to boast that, were you smart enough to have taken my advice, and read between the lines correctly. Then you're probably sitting in pretty good shape, right now. Which, with about 7 fiddy and a stylish scarf will get you the large coffee necessary to fit in at your local Starbucks...

No, but I've had a nice run so far. With UCLA moving on, Northern Iowa falling short, and the Big XII looking more or less the big mess it was all year. I'd say I'm bordering on prophetic. You know, if not for the fact that my logic behind all of those picks was less logic and more my modest attempts at tournament game theory. But this blind squirrel loves nuts (no homo), and I'm not about to bite the hand of the gift Ted that happened to have dropped said delicious nuts within my finely manicured reach. Which is really just my way of saying that I was prepared, but I got lucky. I don't really get manicures. At least not that you know about...

But you do know that you wanna take a quick gander at my preview of the action yet to come. So let's get to that. Because it should be a great 4 days. Country's best teams mixin' it up and whatnot. And you want to be prepared. You know, so your drunken ramblings that nobody is going to accurately remember will actually make sense...


(1) Kentucky vs (5) West Virginia
(3) Notre Dame vs (7) Wichita St.

Not too many surprises in Kentucky's Midwest. Wichita St. looks like a surprise, seed wise. But the shortcomings of Kansas were an open secret, and anyone with too much invesTed there is now gobbling up their just desserts...

As for the upcoming slate, I expect the chalk to continue to prevail. I love the fact that a West Virginia freshman is talking some noise, but I hate that the media insists on acting shocked that someone thinks their team is going to win. They're like the Teds that are consistently surprised at the changing of the seasons. OMG GUY! IT'S WARM TODAY BUT IT WAS COLD LAST WEEK!!! END OF DAYS!!!...

But Kentucky's too skilled for West Virginia, and too big for either Notre Dame or Wichita St. The latter probably won't be big enough to bother Notre Dame, either. So that's what'll happen there....

(1) Wisconsin vs (4) North Carolina
(2) Arizona vs (6) Xavier

Some more chalk out West. Especially when you consider the fact that this is Xavier's 5th Sweet 16 appearance in the past 8 seasons (thanks in large part to former coach, and current opponent, Sean Miller). Yeah. Actually looked that up the other day. Probably some information that would have been useful before we filled out our brackets. But here we are...

And much like up top, I like the chalk to prevail through the weekend. It's just a matter of who you consider the chalk. Wisconsin OR Arizona. I'm heavily invested in both, and probably won't know who I really wanted to win until after the fact. But if we're lucky enough to get anything close to the OT thriller those 2 gave us in the same spot just one year ago, I'll consider it a W either way...

(1) Duke vs (5) Utah
(2) Gonzaga vs (11) UCLA

Here's the region where the West coast came to play, and hopefully you brought the potato salad. OR I guess you could have just brought a bunch of weed. Either way, you should have brought something to the party. And if you didn't, shame on you. Because the East Coast was wrong about the teams out West, yet again, and two of them find themselves in the Sweet 16 in the South despite their seeds having poinTed to an earlier exit...

And while I have to give the nod to the chalk down here, as well. Both UCLA And Utah are physical enough to compete with their more heralded brethren. Granted, Gonzaga and Duke are flat out better than both Utah and UCLA. But in one and done's, physicality can end a game quickly. And neither of those teams are going to let themselves get pushed around. Something both Gonzaga and Duke (mostly Okafor) used as their calling cards in establishing themselves as two of the tournaments top seeds...

(3) Oklahoma vs (7) Michigan St.
(4) Louisville vs (8) NC St.

And finally, we have the bastard region. The East. And Tom Izzo is here, per usual, to mold this young neglecTed bastard into a fine young man. One who will grow up to make positive contributions to society, even if he was left for dead by his Meth head dad and hooker of a mom...

That's my way of saying I like Sparty's chances to advance. Mostly because they're the most complete team of the 4 (as long as Denzel Valentine can stay on the freaking floor), and playing arguably the best non-Kentucky defense of the tournament. But mostly because they have by far and away the best coach in the modern tournament era. At least according to the incomparable, Nate Silver. And after reading his statistical breakdown, you'd be hard pressed to disagree...

And there you have it, friends. Hope you enjoyed my preview/recap, and here's to hoping that this weekend will give me even more to chirp about. Enjoy the games, my damies. And I'll catch you next time...

Be good...



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