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Monday, March 28, 2011

Bracket Busters, Part II: Ohio State falls, My Bracket Goes Up In Smoke

This past weekend proved to be the wildest yet of the 2010-2011 NCAA men's basketball season, with the remaining three number one seeds falling.

Ohio State's loss was particularly painful to watch, if only from the standpoint that as poorly as they played(and their shooting 32% from the floor was their worst all season), they still had a chance to win it as time expired.  You can't fault William Buford, however, for the shot he took, as it was a clean look at the basket.  And I know he ended the game only 2 of 16 from the field, but that doesn't matter either.  But the fact of the matter is that they shouldn't have put themselves in that position in the first place.

To add insult to injury(metaphorically speaking, of course), not only did the Buckeyes get eliminated in the round of 16, but with that loss ended my hopes of winning the Argobright Family pool as well.  In fact, when Kansas lost to VCU on Sunday, they assured that when the tournament ends next Monday, no one in my family will have correctly predicted the winner.

That I will not win the pool does not come as a surprise, even though I only entered one pool this year.  I have repeatedly said that this was anyone's tournament to win, even as I proclaimed my bias was toward OSU.  At this point it doesn't really matter what happens next  Monday(or this Saturday for that matter), as eldest sister-in-law has already won the pool.  Heck, I won't even finish in the runner up spot, either.  That honor will go to my younger brother's girlfriend, who,despite not having picked one correct final four participant, will finish 10 points ahead of me in the standings.  To make matters worse, her pick to win it all was Notre Dame, and they didn't even make it out of the round of 32.  Ouch.

So Saturday my sister-in-law, not necessarily the biggest sports fan herself, took the opportunity to gloat a little.  She sent me a text basically telling me not to cry cause she was in first.  I responded saying it's all luck anyway, that it really doesn't bother me.  What she doesn't know is that I picked my bracket in less than five minutes the Wednesday night before the first round started. That's right, CBS.  I said FIRST ROUNDDeal with it.

So who will cut down the nets a week from now?  The odds favor Butler.  They have been on a roll as of late, and, they were a three pointer away from being defending national champs.  But I really haven't watched much of VCU, although coach Smart has earned that moniker(eh, that's his actual last name? If you say so.)  And as much I have taken shots at Kentucky, they keep finding a way to win.  I have to hand it to coach Calipari, he may not have the deepest team, but he has certainly found the perfect balance between the inside and outside game this season.  So, even though I think Cal is a crook, I predict the Wildcats will win their eighth(or ninth?) title in school history.

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