Posts Tagged ‘NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament’

Ok, here’s the deal, UConn Huskies beat the Butler Bulldogs last night, for the National Title. Wait, I would rather say that Butler Bulldogs beat themselves last night for the National Title.

Butler shot a lousy 18.8% from the field, the lowest ever in a National Title Game. They couldn’t make a shot to save their lives, not to mention they let UConn go on a 22-3 run in the second half. Given that they played horrible, they were lucky to only lose by 12.

UConn, didn’t shoot the best either, only 35%, but they walked out of Houston with a National Title, something that Butler has failed to achieve in 2 consecutive National Championship Game runs.

Kemba Walker, high scorer of the game with 16 points, but well below his tournament average. He gave the Huskies vital scoring while the game was close. Other players that stepped up for UConn were Jeremy Lamb and Alex Oriakhi, Lamb went for 12 points, and Oriakhi had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Matt Howard, Butler’s Senior Stud, failed to deliver, shooting 1-13 with only 7 points, and Shelvin Mack, the player that has carried Butler through the tournament only scored 13 points.

This years National Title Game has been a let down to say the least, there has been so much drama, high scoring games, upsets, everything, just to get to the Final and have a team shoot itself out of any chance to win. A good game would have been like last years, only with Butler winning. That would have been nice, and would have made this years March Madness one of the Best Ever.

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Jimmer, you know, Jimmer Fredette, well he is the AP Player of the Year. Kind of a big deal, and he won it handily. He recieved 48 of 65 total votes, with Kemba Walker coming in second with 11.

Fredette, a guard from BYU, led the nation in scoring, with 28.5 points per game. He is crazy. Yes I know that I say crazy alot, but Jimmer is CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY Good!!

My other post has some stats on Fredette, He is a baller. Kemba Walker is also extremely talented, and his team is Final 4, but Fredette, lead his team to the NCAA Tournament. Here is a quote from an comment on an ESPN Article by Joeycoops, that really rings true to me, “What would Uconn be without Kemba? maybe a sweet sixteen team still? definately in the tournament. What is BYU without Jimmer? barely in the NIT. Jimmer did so much for his team and he deserves it.”

But today is April Fools Day, so here is ESPN’s compilation of what people think would be the Greatest Sports Pranks,

“Top 10 April Fool’s Day Sports Pranks

 

10. “Sporting K.C. manager Peter Vermes announces Chad Ochocinco is an active member of the MLS team on Friday but before Saturday’s game the only uniform in Ochocinco’s locker is the old Wizards mascot outfit,” wrote Brian W. of Littleton, Colo.

 

9. “Tow away Jerry Jones’ car while he is reading an eviction notice posted at his personal entrance to Cowboys Stadium along with a note from Tony Romo that he’s retiring to be a househusband,” wrote Phil H. of Fort Worth.

 

8. “Send a note from the commissioner’s office to Stan Van Gundy informing him that he can say whatever he wants,” wrote Ben M. of Peoria, Ill.

 

7. “Have ‘SportsCenter’ run a 60-minute Breaking News Special to announce Brett Favre is coming back,” wrote Greg of the planet Earth. (Nooooo!!!!!!! That’s not funny!)

 

6. “Tell Craig Sager that he’s been named Best Dressed Man of the Year by GQ,” wrote Doug B. of Flourtown, Pa.

 

5. “Announce the NHL playoffs are canceled this year and the Buffalo Sabres are awarded the Stanley Cup for being great sports over the last 40 years,” wrote Jamie H. of Buffalo, N.Y.

 

4. “Pull the same trick on Chicago Cubs fans that always happens by telling them to ‘Wait Until Next Year,'” wrote Janice H. of Palo Alto, Calif.

 

3. “Yankees hold a press conference announcing their anger because CC Sabathia and Bartolo Colon were not winners in ‘The Biggest Loser: Couples Edition’ contest,” wrote Greg of Windham, Conn.

 

2. “Throw a victory celebration for the U.S. Government after it spends more than $6 million on convicting Barry Bonds, who then gets six months of ‘confinement’ in his 15,000-square-foot home,” wrote Fran G. of San Francisco.

 

1. “LeBron James apologizes for ‘The Decision’ and begs to go back to Cleveland but when the plane lands, he’s sent Chris Bosh instead,” wrote Craig D. of New York City.

 

One last thing about the American sporting prank. Peggy C. of Oviedo, Fla., is a frequent contributor to our lists. She had no ideas about imaginary pranks this week but wrote about the annual Snipe Hunts held in the late 1960s and early ’70s by the St. Louis Blues. Orchestrated by Bob Plager, a true prankster, the scam would involve police and a judge that often informed Canadian rookies that they were banned from playing on American soil due to hunting snipe out of season with illegally large nets. “One player called home in tears to tell his parents that he had failed them because he could never be in the NHL due to his snipe hunting. It was priceless,” wrote Peggy.

So we have named “Snipe Hunting” as the greatest prank of them all — and that’s no joke.”

I hope all you sports fan have a good April Fools Day, and prank, instead of be pranked!

This March Madness just keeps getting Madder. I don’t know whats going on.
Butler is back, back to back Final 4’s I mean. VCU, who is VCU? They only beat USC, Georgetown, Purdue, Florida St. and Kansas, as an 11 seed. Now they get to match off verse the other Mid Major School, Butler


They other side of the bracket, not as crazy, but still, pretty crazy. UConn has continued, with the momentum of the Big East Championship, right into the Final 4. They have had the easiest route to the Final 4 of any the teams in, only having to knock off a 2 seed at best. Kentucky on the other hand, beat the #1 overall seed Ohio St. Buckeyes, and a red hot North Carolina team to get to where they are at.

Which match promises to be better. Experience says Butler and UConn will be in the Championship Game, because Butler has been here before, and UConn has an older team then Kentucky. Experience means nothing in this years tournament though, with Virgina Commonwealth making it this far. Many fans are jumping on their bandwagon, hoping for their run to continue.
This promises to be an exciting Final 4, with an even more intense Championship Game. I for one, Can’t Wait.

 

With the wacky tournament we have had up to this point, Louisville losing second round, Pitt getting beat, Richmond upsetting Vandy, we could expect it to continue into the Sweet 16, and it did. Duke loses to Arizona, Wisconsin loses to Butler, BYU lost in overtime to Florida, UConn upset SDSU, craziness, 3 of 4 games played so far in the Sweet 16 have been upsets.

Now only 2 #1 seeds remain, Kansas and Ohio St. and both have the opportunity to lose tonight. Kansas has by far the easiest road to the Final Four, only having to beat double-digit seeds. Ohio St., the #1 overall seed, looks to be dominant against a freshmen dominated Kentucky team.

This NCAA Tournament is shaping up to be one of the weirdest in recent memory, thanks to those upsets, that have left the nation without a perfect bracket, except the one that is filled out as the games are completed. Thank you basketball Gods for giving us entertainment that exceeded anyones thoughts.

Ok, the tournament has only just begun, but here are some updates:

  1.  Butler knocked off ODU with a buzzer beating put back, off of a  tripped drive thrown up air ball,
  2.  West Virginia battled back from a  10 point deficit against Clemson to win the game 84-76,
  3.  Kentucky beat Princeton on a last second lay up,
  4.  Gonzaga decimated St. Johns 86-71,
  5. Morehead St. pulled off a major upset in their 1 point victory of Louisville,
  6. Temple knocked off Penn St. with a jumper with little time left on the clock,
  7. Richmond pulled off the upset against Vandy, to win by 3,
  8. #1 seed Pitt easily won against UNC-Asheville,
  9. Both #2 seeds Florida and San Diego St. won their games handily,
  10. Jimmer Fredette went for 32 against Wofford, to lead BYU to the victory,
  11. UConn and Kemba beat Bucknell to advance,
  12. Wisconsin easily won against Belmont, 72-58,
  13. Michigan St.’s run came up short as they rallied from a 18 point half time deficit, to lose by 2 to UCLA,
  14. Cincy came up with the big win against Mizzou,
  15. Kansas St. led by Jacob Pullen, beat a dangerous Utah St. team,

That was a recap of the first day, it is now the second day, and we get to wait and see what upsets will go down today. My bracket was shaken up by the Louisville loss, I had them beating Kansas in the Sweet 16, so who knows what will happen now.

Comment on what you think is the biggest upset of the second round is.

Ok, here’s a little bit of Bracketology for that good ol March Madness. I’m not an expert by any means, but I watch a lot of ESPN, and many college ball games this year.

Big East is strong, Pitt, UConn, Notre Dame, G-Town, St. Johns, Marquette, Cincy, West Virginia, Nova, Syracuse, and Louisville. I expect the Big East to be the most dominant conference in the NCAA Tournament this year. I have Notre Dame winning a National Championship with 3 other Big East teams: Syracuse, Pitt, and Louisville in the Elite Eight. Notre Dame has been playing some amazing basketball of late, with Abromaitis and Hansbrough coming into fine form.

Ohio St. will also make a strong run for the title this year. They have an all-star team, with their sharp shooting seniors: Jon Diebler and David Lighty, and their stud freshman post Jared Sullinger.  I expect Ohio St. to make the Championship Game, but lose.

BYU is my Dark Horse of the tournament. I have them making a run to the Final 4. They will be carried by their star, Mr. Jimmer Fredette. He rattled off an astounding 52 points against New Mexico. He has the scoring ability to carry his team to the Final 4 and break the NCAA Tournament Scoring record set by Glen Rice of Michigan, who scored 184 points in 6 games.

Texas is another team I have going far in the tournament. During the middle of the season when they were playing well, they were dominating teams, entirely destroying them. I belive that they are back to the form they were in mid-season and ready to make a run to the Final 4.

My major opening round upset is #12 Richmond knocking off #5 Vandy.  Richmond is a good team that has had a good season, Vandy, has a good shooter in John Jenkins, but I think Richmond is going to shut him down.

I have both Duke and Kansas, both 1 seeds, losing in the Sweet 16. Kansas has had some struggles this season, most exemplified in their loss to Kansas St. and I think Louisville will be able to beat them. Duke, a good team, but depth and injuries could be a problem for them. They are missing one of their stars in Kyrie Irving, and if any other player on their team was to suffer an injury they would be shot. I have them losing to Texas, a team that will wear them down with their athletic play.

Here is my Bracket, If you like it or dislike it give me some feedback. I am made an ESPN group called Mas Sports. Join it and see if your bracket beats mine.