Saturday, March 15, 2008

You know what really grinds my gears?

1) The Duke Blue Devils
- It's performances like today's that make it really agonizing for me to pencil them into the "NCAA Champion" box every March. The only people who want to see Clemson v. North Carolina III are Clemson fans (because they love suffering heartbreaking losses) and North Carolina fans (because it's much less stressful than Duke/UNC III). Duke is now looking at a low-two, maybe a high-three seed in the NCAA Tournament. Which leads me to my next point...

2) The Wisconsin Badgers
-Down double-digits, they fought and clawed back---okay, I'm going to stop right there. Michigan State went cold and gave away the game. Now Wisconsin gets either Illinois (5-13 Big Ten) or Minnesota (8-10 Big Ten) in the championship game. So the Badgers will win the Big Ten tourney and get a high-two seed, waltzing all the way into the Elite Eight before they finally get their rude wakeup call.

3) Tyler Hansbrough
-He's the player of the year, and I like him and respect him a hell of a lot more than Michael Beasley, but he pissed me off today. That 15-footer from the baseline with 0.8 seconds left broke the heart of the Virginia Tech Hokies. VT needed that game to state their case to move off the bubble and lock a spot in the field of 65. Now they're on the outside looking in. Their chances of getting an at-large bid are slim-to-none. Not many teams can go toe-to-toe with UNC though. The committee should think about that before giving Ohio State, Oregon, or Arizona State the nod.

Apparently Miami is going to get into the Big Dance, which I hate, but love at the same time. If they get a #5 or #6 seed, that has UPSET CITY written all over it, baby!

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