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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tourney Recap: UConn Wins, debate over number one team, and...ultimate bracket strategy revealed!

So, this past Monday wrapped up the 2011 NCAA men's basketball championship.  The University of Connecticut won in what I guess was somewhat of a snoozer(I say I guess because I really didn't watch it, and even Charles Barkley's halftime assessment was downright boring, lol.) It appeared, however, at the end of the day the Huskies were more than just Kemba Walker.  And for the second consecutive season Butler had the glass slipper taken away from its cinderella season, only this time we didn't have to wait until the final shot rimmed out to find that out.

UConn's triumph, however, did not end the debate as to who was the best team in the nation during the 2010-2011 college basketball season.  Indeed, there are more than a few people who still believe the Buckeyes were the number one team in the land, and they were just victims of unfortunate shooting night during the sweet sixteen. The largest field in tournament history had many claiming this was a watered down field, while others argue that there should be a regular season champion and a tournament champion.  Despite such a scenario favoring my Buckeyes this season, I am dead set against it.  History has shown that you will have an underdog champion from time to time (think Villanova or NC State), but most of the time the best school ends up winning the tournament as well.

As most of you already know, I lost the Argobright family pool.  In the winner takes all format, my third place finish got me zilch. My sister-in-law, Rita, won, and she may have the best strategy to selecting winners thus far.  Seriously. Somebody call Jim Nantz and Clark Kellog.  I know your dying to know what her secret is.  It is simple really.  She chose her final four because those teams had pretty colors.  I think CBS, TNT, and TBS could have saved millions of dollars on their overpaid analysts (yes Charles, I am talking to you) by telling everyone that a team wearing blue and white was going to win it all.

My hat goes off to Connecticut, however.  Let's hope the new recruiting allegations surrounding coach Calhoun doesn't cause the NCAA to vacate this team's championship.

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