"Disillusioned words like bullets bark as human gods aim for their mark Made everything from toy guns that spark to flesh-colored Christs that glow in the dark It's easy to see without looking too far That not much is really sacred." - Bob Dylan
Wow, Gonzaga got screwed. A #6 seed? This is the #6 team in the country according to the AP Poll. And when they beat Wyoming, they get Arizona in the second round. That's complete crap.
Also getting screwed was Marquette. Ranked 13th, and they drop to a 5, and have to play Tulsa, who are 26-6 and who played took Kansas to the final minute early this year. I'm not saying Marquette is getting screwed by being a 5 seed, but they were screwed because Tulsa is a lot better than 12.
Other than those two, and Gonzaga is a major foul up, the bracket people did a good job. I am very interested in seeing that Wake Forest-Pepperdine 1st round match-up, as well as Missouri-Miami, and the aforementioned Marquette-Tulsa game. Should be interesting, as per usual.
"and don't ask me who i am...cause you don't want to know... don't ask me who i am...just sit back and watch the show..." - Andy Happel
I don't know about Gonzaga. Say they move up to three...that would make Miami #6 and Miami is tough. So the second round matchup would be Gonzaga/Miami instead of Gonzaga/Arizona. Not that big of a difference. Also putting Gonzaga as a three seed would cause Big Ten Champion Ohio State to drop to a five seed. They may have a higher AP ranking but i don't think Gonzaga could have won the Big Ten.
Anyway i was very surprised my Buckeyes pulled off the Big Ten Championship. They have played really well recently. Well enough that i'll probably put them too far in my bracket and they will ruin me.
Ohio State is your Big Ten Champion. And they beat Michigan three times.
UK certainly got a tough draw, but they did it to themselves. It wouldn't surprise me to see them lose to Valpo. Those guys can shoot, and UK had trouble stopping South Carolina on Friday. Yeesh. Regardless, I don't think they make it past Marquette. Too bad they can't switch places and take Georgia's #3 spot. Might be a little better since I'm still not that sold on UConn.
Ultimately, I think the East is Maryland or Marquette's to lose.
Western got an even tougher draw than UK. Should be a good game with Stanford to see who KU beats. Possible Florida and Illinois matchup in the 2nd round would be an AWESOME game. I'm not sold on Oregon and think Miss St. will meet KU in the Elite 8. (First impressions and all).
Duke. 'nuff said. Bottom half could be interesting, but hopefully 'Bama gets to the E8. Of course, if Knight is healthy, Pitt could give them problems. Duke has an easy road to the F4 in my opinion
YIKES!!!! This bracket will be a bloodbath. Cincinnati will win it's opener, but I bet the Terriers give the Bearcats all they can handle. Those dudes can shoot. I think they'll be worn out and ripe for an "upset" by UCLA in the 2nd (or maybe even Ole Miss trying to prove Vitale wrong and that they deserve to be in). Miamia or Mizzou against Ohio State should be a great 2nd round game, as should Gonzaga and Arizona. (The Zags got screwed, much like Western KY). Xavier will play tough but Oklahoma will get past them in the 2nd too. Tough call, but I think it will be Arizona, or Okla beating Ohio State in the E8.
Butler got ROYALLY screwed and should have been in.
Wow. How'd I miss Western KY as a 9 seed? I must be blind. I fully believe that the selection committee doesn't seem to understand that great teams from mid-major conferences can play with great teams from major conferences, and beat good teams from major conferences. How many times must they make the Sweet 16 before they finally start getting some respect? I'm halfway tempted to root for Gonzaga to a national championship just out of spite.
One question: Who does Duke and Coach K blow to get the easy ride every year?
I will put my picks in later this week. I am shooting for last place so watch out.
You're in a desert, walking along in the sand when all of a sudden you look down and see a tortoise. It's crawling towards you. You reach down and flip the tortoise over on its back. The tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over. But it can't. Not without your help. But you're not helping.
I'm glad you brought up Anderson, I wanted to bring it up but didn't think it deserved it's own thread. Very sad to see him leave UAB after what he's done for the program but good for him for getting a better job.