Tough Loss could benefit Mustangs

The Mustangs had high hopes and big expectations coming off winning both the regular season conference championship and conference tournament championship. Coming in as a number six seed, they expected to make a deep run into the tournament and hopefully surprise even more people than they did last season with an NIT Championship game run. But Larry Brown had his Mustangs expecting to surprise the world and make a deep run into April. But even he knew the first game would be as challenging as the last game. Continue reading

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Bracket Mania

BracketDo you have what it takes to win the Bracket challenge?

It is that time of year again; everybody will run around with “March madness” and be talking about, thinking about and focusing solely on how to do their brackets. Yes it is always fun when you are working on and creating each of your brackets, with the dream of just getting lucky on one. You will trash talk your friends, family and even your co-workers to the point of people will hate you because you think you are a “bracket genius”. That is until the first big upset happens and your “lock” for the championship goes down in flames, then comes the depression of losing your bracket and being the joke of the office because you really don’t know what you’re doing. Continue reading

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New Moody Madness

The SMU Mustangs have quickly become one of the hottest things in Dallas with their surprising play over the season and a few timely upsets to help catapult them into the media’s cross hairs. The Mustangs have now jumped into the AP top 25 for the first time in 30 years and have fans and media thinking this team could be on the verge of earning a spot into the NCAA tournament. For most fans this seems like a very quick turnaround under second year coach Larry Brown, but he has a track record of turning teams around sooner than expected. Thanks to Brown and his job, there is a new strain of “Moody Madness” going around. Continue reading

National Championship is Set

Last night the two semi-final games were played in Houston and we now know who will play in the National Championship on Monday night. The Butler Bulldogs withstood a furious attack from the VCU Rams to pull away at the end of the game. This will be Butler’s second straight appearance in the National Championship. This year they will have a better shot at winning it all because this is a mature team with experience being in this situation.

The second game of the night was Kentucky and UConn, which looked like early on that UConn would run away. But Kentucky made a big push to start the 2nd half and made it a close game as time wound down. It ended up being a missed shot late that sealed Kentucky’s fate and the UConn Huskies are in the National Championship. This is Calhoun’s 2nd team to play for the National Championship, last time in 2004 they won it all.

This should be a great championship game, and I will come back and break it down later today. So please stay tuned for the preview and the predictions for this great match up of Butler and UConn

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It’s time; Final Four Predictions

As I previously talked about in my Final Four Preview, these games on Saturday should be exciting and fun to watch. While writing the preview, I decided I would save the predictions for this piece. So as I am writing this, I have run some numerous simulations of each game to see how it could possibly play out. I have to say I was a little surprised with some of the results, but if this turns out the way the simulations went, then I will be even more surprised.

VCU vs Butler:
The first game of the day is the most intriguing game of the day because you are pitting last years Cinderella against this years Cinderella. But the difference is that VCU is coming into this game on a real hot streak. If the Rams can contain Butler and withstand there best shot, then VCU may be in the championship game.  Final Score: VCU 76 – Butler 53

UConn vs Kentucky:
Everybody has said that the winner of this game is going to be the next National Champion. All I have to say is that nothing should be guaranteed for the winner of this game. Because anything can happen in this crazy tournament. This should be a very even game, but I think Kentucky will have a better chance at winning this game just because they have a visable speed advantage. But never count out Kemba Walker from UConn. Final Score: Kentucky 63 – UConn 62

According to the simulations and everything I have looked at, then our championship game will be Kentucky vs VCU. While I think this would be an entertaining final, I will hold off on predicting or previewing this match up until after the final game on Saturday. Please check back for championship game preview and predictions.

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