That’s right folks, KCCB’s favorite time of year. I love the tourney. It’s perfect. Drama. Gambling. And it only takes about a month to complete. You see, I pay little attention to the College Basketball regular season–mainly because of Indiana’s atrocious record post-Mike Davis and due to ol’ cell phone McGee (Sampson). Sidebar: Have you been paying attention to the recruits Creen is obtaining? I don’t know how you recruit guys to a sh*t basketball program? History? No wait, I know! (See picture)
Anyway, there are so many office leagues going on right now.
If you remember, last year I was the ninja that fared best. Thus, I consider myself an expert. My credentials are on par of that with Socrates when he said, “I am the wisest among men for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” You see, everyone can make their picks, but there is no science. That’s why it’s March Madness! The point of this article–to try to highlight the pitfalls in your bracket in which you should consult voodoo, wiccans, tea leaves, or some other method of calling the results.
Give yourself 4 points because of the 1 vs. 16 seeds. Last year, I wrote how I’d coach my 16th seeded team in order to make history. This year, I implore that dedicate…er…dubious selection committee to consider maybe having a random drawing of all bubble teams to fill in a 16 seed. Something that could end up with Pitt playing Harvard or Colorado. A scenario in which a 16 seed could actually upset a 1 seed. You’d only have to do it for one of them, but wouldn’t it be fun?
Notre Dame–Came out of the Big Beast, right? Team with Seniors, right? Keep in mind, they are Notre Dame. Granted, their losses came to tournament teams–but when they lose, they tend to lose big (save the last Louisville loss). And since I’m not really applying science to my theory, I am pretty sure God hates Notre Dame. So that have that going against them, which sucks. I’m pretty sure they’ll beat Akron, but that’s as far as I’m going with them.
–Ugh. Just like their football team, they are sound, play good ball, and then just have you shaking your head (like when they fail to crack the 40 point mark). Bo Ryan knows the regular season, but Bo Don’t Know the Tourney. Unlike Notre Dame, I am not even sure Wisconsin will escape the 1st round. IF they do, don’t expect them to go far.
KCCB’s Trendy Picks
I haven’t really read the pick columns out there, but I have a feeling that I can’t come up with original thoughts. So I am hedging my bet and saying someone has already picked the following as dark horses, trend picks, etc.
Clemson–I’m sorry. I’m a hypocrite here. Clemson should not have been selected. They really shouldn’t have. However, I think they can make some noise. In the ACC tourney, it took an absolute explosion from Harrison Barnes to keep them down. I think they actually wore UNC down setting Duke up to trounce them. And again, without any real evidence…they might be playing with a chip on their shoulder. The whole, “Oh, we don’t deserve to be here, huh? We’ll show you!” The other thing working in their favor, a match up with WVU. WVU is one of those teams (like Kansas) that will go far or stop very, very short. Clemson could be the reason they fall short.
Penn State–Fared pretty well in the Big 10 tourney, and I think that means something. I think they take out the Owls in the first round and really put SDSU to the test. I think they conceivably beat SDSU setting up a potential match-up with UConn. I think their road ends there, but all-in-all a respectable showing.
Teams in General that will Fare Well
Xavier, UNC, Ohio St, Duke, Memphis, UConn, KU, Georgetown, K-State, and St. John’s…I think all these teams rack up a minimum of two wins.
Since your forcing me…
Not really, but I’ll give you MY final four and eventual champ.
Final Duke vs. St. John’s
Champ = Duke
Or not…enjoy! And join the ninjas’ yahoo fantasy league, pw = cocoabutter.