March Madness: Sweet Sixteen Day 2

My picks for tonight's games:

Marquette +4 over North Carolina (2 units). North Carolina has looked shaky.

Richmond +10 over Kansas (2 units). Just a hunch.

Ohio State -6 over Kentucky (3 units). Best team in the tournament. Best low post player in Sullnger. Experienced. Ohio State should win easily over a poorly coached Kentucky team.

Florida State -4 over Va Commonwealth (4 units.) VCU has been on a roll. They are not that good. Down to Earth tonight. Noles win easily.

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    Wisconsin.... (none / 0) (#2)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Mar 25, 2011 at 03:15:31 PM EST
    Man they didn't play well last night, my last bastion from my home state is Marquette, and I hate cheering for religious schools, but every year, same thing, "Go Marquette".

    Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette, and Virginia.

    "Go Marquette" (none / 0) (#3)
    by Towanda on Fri Mar 25, 2011 at 04:11:31 PM EST
    still sounds better than "Go, You Golden Eagles!"

    I have read that some competitors' students have a lot of fun with chants about the "Big Birds."

    What a disastrous team name choice, that has been.  Replacing political incorrectness was wise, but why do so with public relations ridiculousness?


    they should change the name (none / 0) (#10)
    by jondee on Fri Mar 25, 2011 at 11:12:18 PM EST
    to the McGuires..

    For one of the great characters and coaches in basketball history.


    I hope you are right about us like (none / 0) (#4)
    by Buckeye on Fri Mar 25, 2011 at 04:29:36 PM EST
    you were about Duke and Arizona.  You called that one!  Not really even that closse a game.

    Tried to post earlier... (none / 0) (#6)
    by Realleft on Fri Mar 25, 2011 at 07:26:01 PM EST
    that I'd take the opposite of BTD picks, but it didn't go up for some reason, so no dice...can't say that now!

    But anyway, whether VCU wins or not, it's been a fun run to our first Sweet 16 and this team plays as a unit, with heart and selflessness, so either way, it's good to watch the kind of college hoops I like.  FSU is a better team, but they have to stop this crazy offense to win.  It's easy to contain any of them as individuals, but they're like swarming ants and you have to stop them all at the same time.

    VCU is really showing me something (none / 0) (#9)
    by Dadler on Fri Mar 25, 2011 at 10:42:59 PM EST
    Impressed as hell with them, and rooting for them hard.  Under eight minutes left and they lead by 8.

    don't quit your day job BTD. (none / 0) (#11)
    by cpinva on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 12:36:59 AM EST
    i know, i know, any schools but "big name" schools (BCS) really have no businesses mussing up the tournament with their unworthiness.

    1-3. oh, and VCU, "They are not that good"? hmmmm, i'll take their "not that good", to the elite 8. flora who?

    Heh (none / 0) (#16)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 09:17:56 AM EST
    I won't.I do notice you never have anything to say when I have a good day.

    I know guys like you. They're funny.


    VCU is not that good (none / 0) (#17)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 09:18:57 AM EST
    Kansas will stomp them.

    I'll see what the line is, but if a moneyline is offered, 30 units on Kansason the moneyline. Lock of the year.


    given your record so far, (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by cpinva on Sun Mar 27, 2011 at 02:51:21 AM EST
    i do hope you're not betting the rent money on this game, be a shame to have to send you a care package, as you sit out in the cold. :)

    i never say anything good when you get the picks right? probably true. however, it's for your own good. as huge of an ego as you already possess, i wouldn't want to be the cause of you not being able to get through regular width doors. lol


    Probably, (none / 0) (#20)
    by Realleft on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 11:05:07 AM EST
    but getting stomped on by Kansas in the Elite Eight round is a better season outcome than we could have dreamed, so it's all relative...  FSU dominated us in most ways except the score last night, good thing that's the one that counts.  Somehow, though, it's not VCU being "that good" that's mattered, it's a story of how heart and scrappiness pull other teams' games down.  And as much as they dominated us on the boards last night, we would just wait and snatch the ball out of their hands when they weren't looking.  So anyway, talent isn't everything, sometimes it's just fun.  I'll take wins over USC, Georgetown, Purdue and FSU any year and go home happy if it comes to that.

    SITE VIOLATOR elaine123 (none / 0) (#15)
    by ruffian on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 06:32:38 AM EST

    Well, so much for OSU (none / 0) (#18)
    by brodie on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 10:00:02 AM EST
    being the class of this tournament.  They looked a little like a team that had never faced a solid, clampdown defense before.  Congrats to KY for playing a no-choke wall-to-wall outstanding game, including that clutch shooter -- Knight -- who Jordaned the ball through the net for the clincher.

    Otherwise, except for the cheerful news about Duke exiting early, this one looks like the usual powerhouse beasts competing against a couple of semi-regulars (AZ, Butler), plus underdog VCU.

    With but one team left from west of the Rockies (still trying to recall where Butler is headquartered ...), I have no choice but to root for the Wildcats even as I'm not much in the mood to favor anything from that state these days.  But the political is overcome by invoking good guy names of ex coach Lute Olson and the late great heroic UofA physicist James McDonald.  

    Butler is in Indy (none / 0) (#19)
    by Realleft on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 10:48:25 AM EST
    A state and a half east of the Mississippi, let alone the Rockies!

    To this day... (none / 0) (#22)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 06:54:41 PM EST
    ...I'm convinced that if Ronnie Lester hadn't hurt his knee 8 minutes into the National Semi-Final against eventual National Champ Louisville in '80, the Hawks would have that game and gone on to win the title and Lute would have stayed at Iowa.  

    However, that would also have meant that my childhood arch-rival, Bobby Hanson, would have a National Championship to go with his NBA ring.  


    Why must I go to someplace else to (none / 0) (#21)
    by oculus on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 11:54:57 AM EST
    find out the results?