We’ve missed the picks, right? Or you’ve at least missed the feeling of satisfaction you got when someone was wrong. I know your story, finding joy in the downfall of others. Regardless, we’re back. Throw some NCAA Tournament selections your way. No pools, just picking winners. So far, I’ve got the regular cast of characters back. I’m going to let Big Dub and Kraft lead off. I will say they both have much more college basketball knowledge than I do, we’ll see if that makes any difference.
Big Dub H (Claim to Fame: Kennett Square Club Champ)
The NFL? Not so much. The NCAA? Not so much better. K.
Florida +5 vs. BYU. It seems like every year people bitch and moan about the committee because they let team “X” into the tourney. After that team reaches the Sweet 16 we suddenly shut our mouths and realize we know nothing. Florida fits the criteria so why not take the five? Florida 75, BYU 69
Old Dominion +2.5 vs. Notre Dame. The public is filled with dopes and even though I am one of them I have to find the public and myself. The Monarchs snitches. Old Dominion 62, Notre Dame 59
Sam Houston State +10.5 vs. Baylor. See Grossy’s comment about Baylor. I liked the Bears right away and then so did everyone else. This is the kiss of death or when this happens, the f&*^ of death. Baylor 80, Sam Houston State 77
UNLV -1 vs. Northern Iowa. Northern Iowa struggled to beat anyone as the year closed out. The Runnin Rebs had their struggles as well, but at least they played legit teams. Oh, and everyone loves Northern Iowa. UNLV 70, Northern Iowa 64
Washington +1.5 vs. Marquette. The Golden Eagles can keep shooting threes, but if they don’t fall watch the Huskies get long boards and push the tempo for easy baskets. Ignore the Pac-10 hate. Washington can get to the Elite 8
MONEY LINE SPECIALS:
UTEP +120 vs. Butler. UTEP was a top-25 team and then they lost to Houston in the conference finals. If they win the game by a single point they are an 8 or 9 seed. Now Butler has to take the slow paced offense and try to keep up with superior athletes. E-Z-MONEY!!! UTEP 78, Butler 65
San Dieo State +140 vs. Tennesee. That’s not points. We talkin bout moneyline holmes. Why? Cause Bruce Pearl looks stupid in orange blazers. San Diego State Padres 74, Tennessee Titans 65
KRAFT (Claim to Fame: D-III Buzzer Beaters)
I hope I know more about college bball, but who knows?
Kentucky -19.5 over E. Tenn St.
Old Dominion +2.5 over Notre Dame
Richmond -1.5 over St. Marys
Murray State +3 over Vanderbilt
Marquette -1.5 over Washington
GROSSY (Claim to Fame: Hit 1.000 in T-Ball)
I like Kraft’s brevity. He’s all business. I’m going to try to find the perfect blend of overheard pundit speak and raw gut feelings. Let’s see…
Vanderbilt (-3) vs. Murray State. Are there upsets in the first round? Yes. Do most of the predicted upsets end up making the public look like fools? Yes. Go away Murray State.
BYU (-5) vs. Florida. BYU has some white guy named Jimmer Fredette who scores 21 per and shoots 45% from downtown. Sold.
Kentucky (-19.5) vs. East Tennessee State. John Wall farewell Tour. I also recently found out he has his own dance. Kentucky will probably forfeit this win within 4 years, but for now, they cruise by 30.
St. Mary’s (+2) vs. Richmond. The lil’ Gaels are only snagging a couple points? Interesting. Could win it outright.
Marquette (-1.5) vs. Washington. Why not? My whole bracket is going to rely on the Big East. Apparently I’ve gotten into a time machine, and arrived at 1985. I also love St. Johns whenever they play again.
DC (Claim to Fame: Created “The Patio Room”)
Old Dominion (+2) over Notre Dame. It’s like picking Old Dominion to win outright (which I think is the right call) but you still win even if they lose by one at the buzzer.
Vanderbilt (-3) over Murray State. Am I missing something here? Murray State must be an awfully trendy upset pick for a 4/13 line to be this close. . . .
Marquette (-2) over Washington. This game might not be a blowout, but I see this as a 7-10 point win for Marquette rather than a nail-biter.
Georgetown (-13.5) over Ohio. I see Georgetown winning this one by 20. This line should be closer to 16 or 17 I think.
Baylor (-11) over Sam Houston St. Baylor needs to be 12 points better than Sam Houston State for the rest of my bracket to make very much sense.