March Madness!

Ok, so first of all, I must apologize. This is my first blog post in sixteen days … which is just plain awful. So I’m going to throw you a bone and toss a peek into my bracket (for those of you that are competing against me in various pools, consider this a present πŸ˜‰

Oh and before people start ripping apart my bracket, I’ll just say, for the record, I cannot remember the last time I LOST any bracket that I was entered in …. EVER. Last year, in one of my pools, we bet a case of beer each to the winner…needless to say I was set for the rest of the semester! πŸ™‚

Sweet Sixteen Sleeper teams:

  • Siena
  • Baylor
  • Temple
  • Houston

First Round Upsets

  • Purdue
  • Cal
  • Oklahoma State

Final Four

  • Syracuse
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Villanova

National Champions

  • Syracuse (over Kentucky)

I know, I know, I know, I KNOW! Everyone and their mom has Kansas. I KNOW. I know about Collins and Morningstar. I KNOW how good Kansas is. But, just because Kansas was arguably the best team in the country for most of the year, that really doesn’t mean anything. (Ahem, Kind of like LOUISVILLE from last year) They should coast to the Final Four, what kills me though is how everyone takes the overall number 1 seed every year, it falls in the same category of people who take each number 1 seed to get to the Final Four. That’s a pic my 7-year-old cousin could make. It’s called March Madness for a REASON….anything goes! πŸ™‚

Am I letting my status as a Syracuse Alumni letting me go down the wrong path? Maybe. Last year, I had them out in the Sweet 16 to UNC…and that was right. Here’s the thing, I’ve been watching Syracuse all year, and when they’re great, they’re UNSTOPPABLE. The problem is, they haven’t been that great lately, losing to Louisville..AGAIN and going out in their first game of the Big East tournament. I wouldn’t count this team out though. They are the only team in the country that shoot above 50% in the field, They have 10 wins against top-ranked teams, and aside from Louisville, Pitt and Georgetown (who beat us the THIRD time they played us)…no one seems to have an answer for them. Β Don’t get me wrong, they have to play GOOD. (Esp with a Kansas match up in the Final Four), but I think they can do it. They have to put together a great run, but so does EVERYONE else. It is not, in my opinion, far-fetched to think that Syracuse can put together six wins and become the National Champions.

Few other notes:

  • The Kansas Bandwagon is pretty full, if anyone wants to get original with their pics
  • The Kentucky Wildcats are ridiculously young, this might play into things
  • West Virginia IS overrated. Good team, but overrated
  • Not as overrated as Duke though. Sorry, standing out in the ACC this year is like a master’s student acing a fifth grader’s spelling test.
  • Vermont beat Syracuse in the first round in 2005 and AO will not play for the first weekend of the tournament…this makes me nervous. Still confident but nervous.
  • I don’t understand people who fill out a variety of brackets, you should have the stones to make one bracket, be confident enough in your pics and submit that bracket to every pool (hence why I win all the time ;))

What does YOUR bracket say? Who are YOUR sleeper teams? Who you got winning it all? More importantly, WHY?

Talk to me people! πŸ™‚ It’s good to be back!!



4 Responses to “March Madness!”

  1. March 16, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Can’t argue with your Final Four picks, Sam. I don’t like Duke either, and it wouldn’t surprise me if 2 teams from the Big East made it. I’m concerned about Kansas, though. That is a real “Group of Death” that they got dropped into, with talented, tournament-tested teams like Ohio State, Georgetown, Maryland, and Michigan State. That is a tough road for them. Some of those teams should’ve gone into Duke’s weak regional. I usually try to avoid filling out a bracket that sends three #1’s to the Final Four.

    • March 16, 2010 at 1:05 pm

      I think that Kansas has a tough bracket, however most of that is in the bottom half and will weed itself out. Right now, I have their toughest match up as Georgetown (who just eliminated Ohio State the round before) and, of course, Syracuse. I think there may be a *slight* chance SU goes down to Kansas State or Pitt, but I’d be TRES bored if the final four was kansas/kansas state…we’ve seen that THREE times and there’s nothing new there πŸ™‚

      Yea, the selection committee should have just asked Duke if they wanted their Final Four bid gift wrapped or just in the shopping bag…Jokes on them though..DUKE AIN’T THAT GOOD! πŸ™‚

  2. 3 Sporting Dude
    March 16, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    What teams have the highest ratio of points of forced turnovers? Those shall be the teams that advance through to the Final Four.

    Of course, defensive rebounding helps too.

    • March 16, 2010 at 6:56 pm

      I’m not sure…but I know Rautins is doing pretty well in the steals per game department.
      For some reason, though it may be unfounded, I always seem to fall in the camp that offensive rebounds are the most important! πŸ™‚ Whose your Final Four?

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