March 13, 2012
If this isn’t the best time of the year for a sports fan, it’s pretty darn close. This week is the beginning of free agency in the NFL and the trade deadline in the NBA. The MLB season is about to begin and the golf season is ramping up with the Masters right around the corner. Throw in Wrestlemania and there is something for everyone. And I haven’t even mentioned March Madness. It is considered by a high percentage of fans to be the best event of the entire year. Now that the teams and bracket have been revealed, I have a few thoughts.
What is the deal with the locations of these games? I don’t get why the teams playing in the same building are not in the same region of the bracket. Half the teams playing in Albuquerque are in the South region. The other half are in the East region. Shouldn’t all the games in Albuquerque be part of the West region?
Why not us?!
I think Drexel and Washington should have been in the field. Drexel won the regular season title in the CAA Conference at 16-2 and finished 27-6. If you’re not familiar with the CAA conference and think they don’t deserve multiple teams, let me remind you that George Mason and VCU are in this conference and both reached the Final Four recently. Washington is the first school ever to win the regular season title in one of the big six conferences and then get left out of the tournament. Even if the Pac-12 was bad this year, I think they should be in the big dance.
Unlucky Number 5
Which No. 5 seed is going down this year? Wichita St.? New Mexico? Vanderbilt? Temple? It happens every year and usually more than once. Sorry Temple fans, but I don’t think you will be dancing for long. Look for the winner of the California/South Florida game to beat the Owls.
We also know that there is probably going to be a double-digit seed in the Sweet 16. Some of the best candidates are VCU, Davidson, Belmont, Ohio, and Harvard. I’ll take New Mexico St. They open with Indiana and the Hoosiers are coming off of a bad loss against Penn St. and will be without their senior leader Verdell Jones III.
It’s Lonely At The Top
All four No. 1 seeds have reached the Final Four just one time in history. Don’t expect it to happen again this year. So who is going to be the top seed that doesn’t make it to New Orleans? I say two of the top seeds are going down and they will be Michigan St. and North Carolina.
So that leaves Kentucky and Syracuse as two of my Final Four picks. I’ve also got Missouri coming out of the West. There is usually an unexpected team that makes a run to the Final Four and my surprise team from the Midwest is Michigan. And I better be right. I can’t afford another finish at the bottom of the office pool.