Friday, March 30, 2007
Four teams are left. 60 teams, or 61 if you count the play-in
game, have been sent home. They will meet in Atlanta to play three
more games. Here are my picks. Please feel free to make comments.
After all, that is what makes it fun.
As I have said before...Here we go:
Ohio State over Georgetown
Florida over UCLA
I went two for two on the Women's Elite Eight. No comments and no
excuses for the picks. They were picks, no more and no less. The Final
Four is this weekend. I will post my predictions before the games begin.
Here are the results:
Connecticut loses 73-50 to LSU
Arizona State loses 64-45 to Rutgers
Tennessee wins 98-62 over Mississippi
North Carolina wins 84-72 over Purdue
Total 41-19 for 68%
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Arizona State over Rutgers
Tennessee over Mississippi
North Carolina over Purdue
The women's tournament is down to eight teams. I went five for three on this round. The women's tournament is becoming more perplexing as is progresses.
I will not be giving comments on these games, because I don't really know what to say about them.
Here we go with the results.
Arizona State wins 67-49 over Bowling Green
Connecticut wins 78-71 over North Carolina State
LSU wins 55-43 over Florida State
Tennessee wins 65-49 over Marist
North Carolina wins 70-56 over George Washington
Duke loses 53-52 to Rutgers
Oklahoma loses 90-82 to Mississippi
Georgia loses 78-65 to Purdue
Total: 39-17 for 69.64%
The Elite Eight games are complete. Four teams are left. The FINAL FOUR. Four team have made it to the show. Now the fun begins. Four teams will mean in two games to determine who plays in the BIG GAME.
I went two for two in the Elite Eight. My prediction of all four number one seed getting to the Final Four was flawed. However, predictions are predictions. If anyone could predict the outcome of all the games, the bookmakers would never stay in business.
Here are my results.
Ohio State wins 92-76 over Memphis
Florida wins 85-77 over Oregon
Kansas loses 68-55 to UCLA
North Carolina loses 96-84 to Georgetown
Total: 43-17 for 71.67%
The Final Four will see Ohio State versus Georgetown and UCLA versus Florida.
I will post my predictions and rational for them by midweek.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Without any fanfare, below are my predictions for the NCAA Division 1 Women's Basketball Sweet Sixteen. I will not go into much detail as I really don't have too much to say about my predictions other than they are my picks.
Here I go:
Arizona State over Bowling Green
Duke over Rutgers
Connecticut over North Carolina State
LSU over Florida State
North Carolina over George Washington
Georgia over Purdue
Tennessee over Marist
Oklahoma over Mississippi
On to the Elite Eight.
The time has come for the Elite Eight. The eight teams that will battle to go to the Final Four hit the floor today and tomorrow. Four move on, Four join the other 61 teams that will be viewing the final two games from the cheap seats.
So without any further ado, here are my picks and the rational for them.
Here we go!
Ohio State over Memphis
Kansas over UCLA
Florida over Oregon
North Carolina over Georgetown
If you have been keeping up with this year's tournament and look at the picks I have made, one thing should come to mind.
It is not that hard to see, but one must be observaint.
My picks are all the number one seeds. The number one seeds will advance to the Final Four. This will be the first time that has happened in quite a while, if ever.
So there you have it. My picks for the Final Four. Everyone will know on Sunday evening who they will be.
I will be back later to give the scores of day one of the Elite Eight and my views about the games.
Four more teams are eliminated. Eight remain. I did better this round, going 3 for 4 today and 5 for 8 overall in the Sweet Sixteen. UNLV gets me again. Oh well, what can I say about Las Vegas that hasn't alerady been said by myself and so many others. Here are my results.
North Carolina wins 74-64 over USC
(North Carolina dug in and pulled it out at the end.)
Georgetown wins 66-65 over Vanderbilt
(The Hoyas gave everyone who picked them a bit of a scare, but did wheat they were supposeto do. Another close game in the Sweet 16)
Georgetown wins 66-65 over Vanderbilt
The Hoyas gave everyone who picked them a bit of a scare, but pulled it out. Another close game in the Sweet 16)
UNLV loses 76-72 to Oregon
(UNLV did come back to bite me in the butt. I didn’t pick them in the tournament until this round and they lose. Just like the casions in Las Vegas, I can never predict what UNLV will do.)
Thursday, March 22, 2007
The predictions get harder with some and easier with others. Here are my results. The tournament is progressing along nicely. Some have described this tournament as "boring" and "uneventable." I find it to be the complete opposite. The games have been exciting. What more could a fan want.
Ohio State wins 85-84 over Tennessee
(The phase “comeback kids” is used too often in sports and journalism. But when you rally from 20 points down win, I cannot think of any other words to use. The phase just fits. )
Kansas wins 61-58 over Southern Illinois
(The Salukis tried to slow the game down, Kansas got down in the dirt for the victory.)
Pittsburgh loses 64-55 to UCLA
(Pittsburgh was a sentimental pick. Sometimes you have to go with your heart and not with your head. This one I missed. Next time, I may not.)
Texas A&M loses 65-64 Memphis (line: TAMU -3)
(The Aggies had too many mistakes in the second half to win. They shot 45% from the floor and 50% from the free throw line. If a team cannot score from the line, they cannot win. The Aggies proved that fact. Memphis shot 66% from line and that proved to be the difference.)
Four team advance to the Elite 8. Four more will get their tickets punched. I will be back tomorrow for more coverage.
Total: 38-14 for 73.08%
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
We have finally arrived at the Sweet 16. 48 teams, or 49 if you count the play in game, have been sent home. In a couple of day, 8 more will be sent packing. I struggled for a while and as usual, I resorted to "feelings" for soem of my selections. As I post the picks, I will attempt to give you my reasons for their selection.
As usual, here I go:
Florida over Butler (Butler's luck will run out. They cannot stay with Florida.)
UNLV over Oregon (I am finally giving in UNLV. I hope this choice doesn't come back to haunt me.)
Kansas over USC (Kansas is on fire. They will run away with this game.)
Pittsburgh over UCLA (I was born in Pittsburgh and must go with my birthplace.)
North Carolina over USC (NC's shooting is HOT. USC will not be able to keep up.)
Georgetown over Vanderbilt (I have a gut feeling. It might be my dinner, but it might be about this game.)
Ohio State over Tennessee (The Buckeyes will keep it close at the beginning of the game. The Volunteers will fall in the final minutes.)
Texas A&M over Memphis (The Aggies have been getting better all season. Memphis will put forth their best effort of the season, but will fall short.)
By Friday evening, we will know the Elite Eight. As they say in the movies, "The plot thickens."
Today's results were not much better than yesterday's. I went 4-4, again.
The womem's teams were not playing as I though they would. Predicting the Sweet 16 results will be a bit tough. I am planning on studying the teams before making my selections.
Now, on to my results.
Tennessee wins 68-54 over Pittsburgh
Duke wins 62-52 over Temple
Connecticut wins 94-70 over Wisconsin-Green Bay
North Carolina wins 60-51 over Notre Dame
Michigan State loses 70-57 over Rutgers
(I thought this game would be closer than it was.)
Baylor loses 78-72 to North Carolina State
(Baylor couldn't hold on to the ball. They fell apart in the final minutes.}
Maryland loses 89-78 over Mississippi
(I have nothing to say. I just missed this one.}
Vanderbilt loses 59-56 to Bowling Green
(Vanderbilt had been playing well into the tournament. They couldn't keep it together at the end.)
Total: 34-14 for 70.83%
Look for my Sweet 16 picks later in the week.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Well, I didn't do as well as I had hoped on the first day of the second round. Having only four correct picks is a low for this basketball playoff season.
Perhaps I will raise it a bit on the second day of round two.
Here are my prediction results.
Georgia wins 76-56 over Iowa State
Oklahoma wins 78-47 over Marquette
Purdue wins 76-63 over Georgia Tech
LSU wins 49-43 over West Virginia
Texas A&M loses 59-47 to George Washington
(The Aggies ran out of steam. It was a nice run for the ladies from College Station.)
Middle Tennessee loses 73-59 to Marist
(Perhaps I will take another look at Marist. I had no idea they are this good.)
Stanford loses 68-61 to Florida State
(Stanford left behind and couldn't catch up at the end of the game. They will be back next year.)
Louisville loses 67-58 to Arizona State
(Arizona State is looking better as they go further in the tournament. I will take another look at them.)
Total: 30-10 for 75%
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Here are my second round predictions. Let's hope I can keep up my prediction percentage. I am not seeing many posts on other blogs about the women's tournament.
I hoped more people would take and interest and post about it. That is half the fun of making the the predictions and discussing them with others
Please feel free to make any comments and express your views about my picks.
Here I go with my predictions for the second round:
North Carolina over Notre Dame
Texas A&M over George Washington
Georgia over Iowa State
Purdue over Georgia Tech
Tennessee over Pittsburgh
Middle Tennessee over Marist
Oklahoma over Marquette
Maryland over Mississippi
Connecticut over Wisconsin-Green Bay
Baylor over North Carolina State
LSU over West Virginia
Stanford over Florida State
Duke over Temple
Michigan State over Rutgers
Louisville over Arizona State
Vanderbilt over Bowling Green
The first round of the women's tournament is complete. I did do a bit better on the women's side than I did on the men's side.
Round two begins tomorrow. I will have my predictions up in my next post.
Please feel free to read, comments, and participate in the blog.
Notre Dame wins 62-59 over California
North Carolina State wins 84-52 over Robert Harris
Vanderbilt wins 62-47 over Delaware State
Maryland wins 89-65 over Harvard
Baylor wins 68-55 over Chattanooga
North Carolina wins 95-28 over Prairie View
Tennessee wins 76-37 over Drake
Duke wins 81-44 over Holy Cross
Michigan State wins 69-58 over Delaware
Pittsburgh wins 71-61 over James Madison
Connecticut wins 83-33 over University of Maryland-BC
Temple wins 64-61 over Nebraska
Rutgers wins 77-34 over East Carolina
Oklahoma State loses 70-66 to Bowling Green
(Another close game of close seeds.)
TCU loses 86-72 to Mississippi
(I felt TCU would do wee after their conference tournament.)
New Mexico loses 59-52 to Wisconsin-Green Bay
(Another upset I didn't see coming.)
Total: 26-6 for 81.25%
The first two rounds are over. Sixteen teams have made it this far. For the other 48, it is a long flight home, with thoughts of what have could have been and what will come in the future.
The Sweet Sixteen will start on Thursday. I will have my picks up by that time. In bewteen, I will try to post some thoughts on each of the eight games.
Here is the outcome of my day 2, round 2 picks, along with my overall record.
Oregon wins 75-61 over Winthrop
Tennessee wins 77-74 over Virginia
Florida wins 74-67 over Purdue
Southern Illinois wins 63-48 over Virginia Tech
Memphis wins 78-62 over Nevada
Kansas wins 88-76 over Kentucky
Wisconsin loses 74-68 to UNLV
(I again went against UNLV. When will I learn.
Texas loses 87-68 to USC
(Being an alumni of Texas, I picked them our of ssetamantality. I must learn to pick teams using my head instaed of my heart)
Overall: 36-12 for 75 percent.
CBS Sports has joined with YouTube to provide selected clips from the NCAA Men's Division 1 Basketball Tournament to viewers.
The service is free and most of the clips at 10-20 seconds showing an outstanding play or some other highlight that fans may want to view.
The good thing is that it is free, but the bad thing is that you cannot download the clip to post on your own site.
It is obvious to me that CBS figured they better get into the game on YouTube, because fans were going to just upload their own files and post them anyway.
It is nice to be able to see clips of some of the plays.
Click here to go to YouTube to view the clips.
I went 13-3 for the first day of round 1 in the 2007 NCAA Women's Division 1 Basketball Tournament. Not following women's collegite basketball much during the season, I didn't have much to refer to in the way of first hand knowledge.
However, looking at their conference finish, strength of schedule, and scores against top ranked opponents aided me in making my selections.
Here are the results. Please feel free to make comments.
The correct predictions:
George Washington wins 76-67 over Boise State
Texas A&M wins 58-50 over University of Texas at Arlington
Iowa State wins 79-60 over Washington
Georgia wins 53-36 over Belmont
Marquette wins 87-58 over Louisiana-Lafayette
Oklahoma wins 74-60 over SE Missouri State
Stanford wins 96-58 over Idaho State
Georgia Tech wins 55-54 over DePaul
West Virginia wins 65-52 over Xavier
Middle Tennessee wins 85-46 over Gonzaga
Louisville wins 80-54 over Brigham Young
Arizona State wins 57-50 over UC Riverside
Purdue wins 63-42 over Oral Roberts
Old Dominion loses 85-75 to Florida State
(It was close at times, but not close enough to make my pick correct.)
North Carolina-Asheville 77-39 loses to LSU
(Oops. I really messed up on this one. Oh well, predicting upsets is what this is all about.)
Ohio State loses to Marist 67-63
(An upset that I guess, very few if any, predicted.)
Totals: 13-3, for 81.25%.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
I went 7-1 today, only missing one pick. I am pleased with the outcome. It would have been nice to get them all correct, but I would be very surprised if my luck (or skill) holds out with tomorrow's games.
Here we go with the results.
Butler wins 62-59 over Maryland
Texas A&M wins 72-69 over Louisville
Ohio State wins 78-71 over Xavier
Vanderbilt wins 78-74 over Washington State 2OT
Pittsburgh wins 84-79 over VCU
North Carolina wins 81-67 over Michigan State
UCLA wins 54-49 over Indiana
Boston College loses 62-55 to Georgetown
(I was hoping for an upset in this game. BC coundn't find a bucket if they had been paid to.)
Total: 30-10 for 75%
The NCAA Division 1 Women's Basketball Tournament starts today. Below are my predictions for the first round. Like the men's predictions, I will be posting the next round once the current round is complete.
HERE WE GO!!!!
North Carolina State
Friday, March 16, 2007
The second round of the 2007 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament starts today. Yes, that will be Saturday, as I am writing this at 12:12am on Saturday morning.
I have divided the 2nd round into both days and will post the results at the conclusion of each day's games.
So "HERE WE GO;" my second round predictions:
Butler over Maryland
Pittsburgh over VCU
UCLA over Indiana
North Carolina over Michigan State
Vanderbilt over Washington State
Boston College over Georgetown
Texas A&M over Louisville
Ohio State over Xavier
Florida over Purdue
Oregon over Winthrop
Wisconsin over UNLV
Kansas over Kentucky
Southern Illinois over Virginia Tech
Texas over USC
Tennessee over Virginia
Memphis over Nevada
Day 2 of the first round was a bit better for my predictions. I picked 12 correct while only missing four. That gives me a 23-9 record with a winning percentage of 71.875.
Here are my picks and how they went. First the correct selections.
Florida wins 112-69 over Jackson State
Purdue wins 72-63 over Arizona
Oregon wins 58-56 over Miami (Ohio)
Wisconsin wins 76-63 over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Kansas wins 107-67 over Niagara
Kentucky wins 67-58 over Villanova
Texas wins 79-67 over New Mexico State
Southern California wins 77-60 over Arkansas
Tennessee wins 121-86 Long Beach State
Virginia wins 84-57 over Albany
Nevada wins 77-71 over Creighton
Memphis wins 73-58 over North Texas
My incorrect predictions were:
Illinois loses 54-52 to Virginia Tech
(A two point loss. It could happen to everyone.)
Holy Cross loses 61-51 to Southern Illinois
(What can I say. I just missed this one.)
Georgia Tech loses to UNLV 67-63
(I was in Las Vegas when the tournament seeds were announced and UNLV was upset over their seed. I figured they would not regain their composure and lose. I was wrong.)
Notre Dame loses to Winthrop 74-64
(Possibly the biggest upset of the first round.)
Day 2: 12-4
My picks for the second round will be up soon.
With day 1 complete of the 2007 NCAA Men's Basketball Championships, 16 games have been concluded and I finished with an 11-5 record. That is a 68.75 percent average.
Not as good as I had hoped, but some of the losses were upsets, at least as far as I am concerned. I will see if I can improve at percentage on day 2.
My correct winning prediction are as follows:
Maryland wins 82-70 over Davidson
Pittsburgh wins 79-58 over Wright State
UCLA wins 70-42 over Weber State
North Carolina wins 86-65 over Eastern Carolina
Vanderbilt wins 77-44 over George Washington
Washington State wins 70-54 over Oral Roberts
Boston College wins 84-75 over Texas Tech
Georgetown wins 80-55 over Belmont
Ohio State wins 78-57 over Central Connecticut
Louisville wins 78-58 over Stanford
Texas A&M wins 68-52 over Pennsylvania
My incorrect predictions are as follows:
Old Dominion loses to Butler 57-46 (Pete Campbell hitting three 3-pointers to spark a 17-0 run was the turning point. Old Dominion just couldn't make up the difference.)
Duke loses to Virginia Commonwealth University 79-77 (Eric Maynor hit a 15-foot jumper with 1.8 seconds left to give VCU the win.)
Gonzaga loses to Indiana 70-57 (I always pick Gonzaga as a sentimental favorite. Some day they will make it to the Final Four.)
Marquette loss to Michigan State 61-49 (I thought Marquette would pull the upset in the first round game.)
Brigham Young loss to Xavier 79-77 (BYU had not made it out of first round of the NCAA tournament since 1993. I felt 2007 was going to be their year. They came close, but no cigar.)
16 games down, 47 to go.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Every year, TexSport Publications gets into the mix and makes our predictions on the outcome of the 2007 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. We will see if we can do better than the so-called experts.
This year is no different. However this year, we will make our predictions after each round instead of the entire tournament at once. Here are our predictions:MIDWEST
Now the fun begins. let see who will make it to the Final Four.