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Sincerest Apologies for More Basketball, Dear Reader: A Sweet 16 Primer

As it always does, the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament gave us some great moments. Great moments, such as R.J. Hunter’s buzzer-beater (and his torn-Achilles’d dad/coach falling out of his stool) will echo in eternity, as the NCAA’s corporate partners use buzzer beaters and catatonic losing players to somehow convince you that Pontiac still exists as a producer of automobiles. These moments also overshadow what can be some pretty shoddy basketball.

N.C. State/Villanova, won in the waning seconds on a tip-in? Preceded by seven minutes of atrocious basketball, with both teams apparently trying to throw the game South Park style. Georgia/Michigan St.? Teased us for a few minutes because Michigan State fouled on multiple layups, missed some key free throws, and won on the strength of Georgia choking just a little worse.

The Sweet 16, at the very least, is where the cream starts to rise to the top. Your top NBA prospects (referenced in last week’s tourney primer) are almost all still in play. Kentucky is still undefeated, Duke is still alive with its 3 lottery picks, and that big white dude from Wisconsin is still set to have that awkward Naismith Award interview during halftime of one of the Final Four games.


Thursday/Saturday Brackets

Midwest: #1 Kentucky vs. #5 West Virginia, #3 Notre Dame vs. #7 Wichita State

By FAR the most intriguing bracket, because 1) Kentucky, duh; 2) their opponents/potential opponents. Bob Huggins’ 2010 West Virginia squad stopped the John Wall/DeMarcus Cousins Wildcats cold with a ruthless, attacking 1-3-1 defense back then, and history has a way of repeati….HAHAHA JK. But, go Mountaineers anyway.

Last year, an eighth-seeded Kentucky squad knocked…guess who?…Wichita State from the ranks of the unbeaten on the way to the finals. STORYLINES! And Notre Dame is the hottest team in the country. Undersized, yes, but their four-out-one-in offense is probably the best recipe to crack Kentucky’s ridiculous defense.

The pick: Calling Kentucky over Notre Dame here.

West: #1 Wisconsin vs. #4 North Carolina, #6 Xavier vs. #2 Arizona

Until today, I didn’t know there was a (decidedly one-sided and petty) beef between Wisconsin and UNC, but hey. My favorite excerpt:

Williams told a throng of national reporters: “Are you going to tell me you don’t like this more than 19-17 at halftime? I’m not a nuclear physicist, but you make the choice. We’re trying to make it a game of basketball skills, not a weight-room contest.”

This was in reference to a 2000 Final Four game in which Wisconsin played, where the halftime score above was correct. The Badgers are still that hateable, playing at the nation’s 346th quickest tempo. They are, as you might expect, a bunch of white guys with bad haircuts, so join me in cheering for UNC. There’s my pitch.

Arizona is still the most dangerous yet unpredictable team in the tourney. All three of their losses came to teams who failed to make it to the final 64 68, and their offense occasionally disappears. If they’re on, though, they’re a match for Kentucky.

The pick: Unfortunately, I have a gut feeling about Xavier (whom I haven’t seen play in YEARS) knocking off ‘Zona. Wisconsin tempos North Carolina to death by not allowing them to get into transition. Wisconsin is the beneficiary and advances, at which point I may actually lean towards supporting Kentucky in the Final Four*.

*- There is a very real, very horrifying chance that both Duke and N.C. State make the Final Four. This is my hell. Go Big Blue, assuming Carolina has been shown the door.

Friday/Sunday Brackets

East Bracket: #8 N.C. State vs. #4 Louisville, #3 Oklahoma vs. #7 Michigan State

The Wolfpack and Spartans, respectively, knocked off #1 Villanova and #2 Virginia in the opening weekend, throwing the East into wide-open chaos. State actually won AT Louisville earlier in the season, but Rick Pitino is the March Mobster (has anyone taken this joke before? Not in those exact words. Fun links anyway. ‘No cuddling on the bathroom floor’ is my new rally cry for UL games).

I know little about Oklahoma, but their Big XII brethren took the GAS in week 1. #3’s Iowa State and Baylor didn’t survive the first four hours of play, #2 Kansas lost to little brother Wichita State, and #5 West Virginia draws Kentucky. Counter that with what I said about Pitino above, take out the mobster part, and demonstrate more success and overachieving in the tourney, and you get Michigan State’s Tom Izzo. Don’t bet against Tom Izzo.

The pick: I choose to believe N.C. State has had its moment and Louisville wins by 8-10 points. And DON’T BET AGAINST TOM IZZO! Sparty beats Louisville, although I honestly didn’t know they were going to qualify for the tournament until I saw them paired with Georgia.

South Bracket: #1 Duke vs. #5 Utah, #2 Gonzaga vs. #11 UCLA

Utah is big, physical, and has athletes at the guard position. Which could beat Duke. Self-delusion over.

Gonzaga/UCLA is a fun matchup, because it means we get to see Adam Morrison crying about 12 times in the minutes leading up to, during, and after the game. The Bobcats drafted him third overall over about 40 guys who had better NBA careers, and I’m still bitter about it.

Let me taste your tears, Scott!”

The pick: Step 5: acceptance. Duke rolls over Utah, rolls over a Gonzaga team that actually reaches the regional final for the first time since 1999, although they’ve been to every tournament since.


Kentucky/Wisco, Michigan State/Duke. And I’m free to do something else next weekend.


NBA: Mid Range Jumpers

This is a new weekly blog breaking down the past week in the NBA. In today’s advanced-metric stat world, pace and space offenses have realized the value of open threes and driving the lane. We here at DYC grew up on 90’s basketball: John Tesh theme music, Ahmad Rashad on the sideline, and Michael Jordan mid-range jumpers.

At my previous internet home, I did Mid-Range jumpers as a quick way to whip around big stories. Since the weekly Hangover has replaced the need for that, I’ll be using Wednesday afternoons to wrap up some news from around the Association. I’ve had this planned for a while, so don’t think I’m just capitalizing on the unquestionably biggest story from last night.

  • I was having a nice evening last night, live tweeting some choice Tuesday night programming, when my twitter feed exploded during the last few minutes of The Real World with the news of Derrick Rose’s latest knee injury. Comparisons like Penny Hardaway and Brandon Roy have been tossed around over the last few hours, but I’ll just say this: it’s unfair that this guy’s body keeps betraying him and I hope he can bounce back again, as he was playing his best ball post-first knee surgery right before the All Star Break.
  • Speaking of injured former MVPs, Kevin Durant is back on the shelf, with an aggrevation of his foot injury. Unlike Derrick Rose, his most recent procedure appears to have been elective, and is designed to keep him fresher in the playoffs. Also unlike Derrick Rose, Durant has a teammate who can more than step up in his absence. And he has.


  • Rajon Rondo and Rick Carlisle got into a screaming match on the sideline last night, resulting in the point guard getting benched for the final 20 minutes of game time. I hope you had February 24th in the pool, as this was an eventuality, not a possibility.
  • Sam Hinkie is rumored to be looking into trading Joel Embiid for a lottery pick. This guy is determined to ruin basketball, but is doing a great job securing his employment while lying to people’s faces.
  • Cleveland has won 17 of their last 19, LeBron just passed Scottie Pippen on the all time assists list at 30 years old, and Kevin Love hit 8 threes last night. Can anyone prove that LeBron isn’t behind this Love injury? Is he going to order a hit on the Hawks next? I’m worried.
  • #LOLLakers.
  • The Sloan Conference is coming up, and that means papers have started to leak. Given all of our writers fall easily into the cross section of sports fan (duh) and nerd (seriously, go count the number of DudeYouCrazy‘s posts that involve graphs and charts), this piece on NBA defense stole more of my life than I’d care to admit.
  • Y’all gonna argue with him?

    Well said.

    Well said.

  • Weekly Hawks Update: 44-12, 1-1 since the All Star Break, 1st in the East by 7.5 games, 2nd in point differential at +6.1, 2nd in points allowed per game, 3rd in points scored per game.

This has been your first installment of Mid Range Jumpers. I’ll be back here every Wednesday to drop more knowledge dimes next week.

(In basketball-speak, a dime is an assist. You’re welcome.)

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NBA: Fast Lane to the Playoffs

All Star Weekend is firmly in the rear view mirror, and its full steam ahead to the playoff hunt. Not only does the NBA do it’s showcase event better than any other American sports league, but they time it perfectly too. No one is looking more forward to the next game (NFL), or is exhausted at the thought of approximately 1 billion games left to play (MLB), but with 2/3 of the season down, it’s crunch time for everyone. What better time than to give our readers a taste of not only what’s happened so far, but arm them for conversations they will be having now that we’re forced to not watch football. Here are 7 stories so far, predictions for the rest of the way, and some 2/3 awards to be delivered.

1. The Hawks are Scary Good…

For once, this isn’t JUST my well-known Atlanta bias creeping through – this Hawks team is amazing. Eye popping ball movement, stifling defense, and great depth off the bench, even the notoriously fickle home crowds of Atlanta have gotten behind the Hawks. They own the season’s longest winning streak in the Association to date, beating top contenders from both coasts along the way, and are becoming a ‘cool’ team to get behind. And I didn’t dream any of it!

Stop trolling me ESPN. And America.

2. …The Warriors are Just Scary

Golden State started the season in a bit of tumult, as they fired their most successful coach in my lifetime after he improved their record for two straight years. They flirted with trading away Klay Thompson, Steph Curry was mad they got rid of his coach, and they landed former Phoenix GM and TNT analyst Steve Kerr only after he got lowballed by the Knicks (more on that dumpster fire later). But all the upheaval has worked out for them, as they own the best record in the NBA and are appointment television at this point. If you have League Pass, please DM me your login info and schedule your life around Golden State games.

3. The Lakers are Hilariously Bad

They’ve been good for the past 70 ish years. Get your jokes in now. I am.

4. Hot and Cold Cavs

LeBron made history this summer by being the first person to willingly move from Miami to Cleveland, and he’s made history this season as the first player/coach/GM. Really, an impressive move by him. Things started unevenly and the Kevin Love experiment hasn’t gone well thus far, but ever since LeBron took 2 weeks off to rest finish building his team, this squad has more closely resembled a team to take seriously. It’ll be interesting to see how the experiment plays out, what with Love unsigned for next year.

5. Western Conference

Once again, the West is the place where you do NOT want to be to make the playoffs. Even as Phoenix seems positioned to slip out with the current Dragic noise, either the Thunder or the Pelicans look to be left out of this year’s field which is INSANE since those two teams employ three of the best ten players in the NBA (if you haven’t been watching this year, Anthony Davis has fully arrived as a force of nature). Hell, Memphis is the 2 seed in the West right now which would mean a 7 game series with the Spurs. Seems like a crappy prize for taking 2nd in the West.

6. Playoffs. PLAYOFFS?!?

A loaded West means we get to rehash a familiar argument that occurs every three or four years: that the NBA should move to open seeding between the two conferences. In the 90s, this was an argument because the East was so strong. Look, there are a lot of things wrong with the NBA schedule (three games in four nights in three cities, too many games), but nothing gets solved by eliminating conferences and divisions from the equation, which is what would have to happen with open seeding. It’s too big of a fix for a cyclical problem that seems to resolve itself every few years.

7. LOLKnicks

They are sitting at 10-43. After successfully outbidding no one for Amare Stoudemire (Center, crappy poet) in 2010 with a 5 year $100 MILLION deal, they bought him out this week, and he’s a Dallas Maverick now. The buyout occurred because his knees are uninsurable and have been for years, which is why no one else was bidding for him in 2010. Carmelo Anthony is their best player, and he is shutting it down for the season with an injury AFTER clocking 30 minutes (second on the team!) wasting space playing in the All Star Game. And people are writing things like this about Phil Jackson. (Also, if you have Lakers fan friends who are also Phil Jackson disciples, this is a good time to revisit number 3 on this list. You’re welcome.)

DYC Officially Official NBA Finals Pick: Hawks vs. Grizzlies. Admittedly, this is a dream for me because I like conflicting styles and barbecue, but wouldn’t this be the most southern thing ever? AND IMAGINE THE MUSIC. Sir Foster is giddy just thinking about it.

DYC 2/3 MVP: Stephen Curry (Runners-up: James Harden, LeBron James, Anthony Davis)

Until we retroactively take away Steve Nash’s MVP for just his offense, this case stands. Hell, it’s even stronger. Curry has evolved into a MUCH better defender under Kerr, and he’s a top 10 performer in scoring, 3-pointers, assists and steals.

DYC 2/3 Most Improved: Jimmy Butler (Runners-up: Klay Thompson, John Wall)

THAT is how you play in a contract year. He added an ability to create his own shot, and it didn’t take away from the defending and rebounding that was already well-known. With Derrick Rose still finding his way, Butler has kept the ship afloat in Chicago, even as he priced himself out of town this coming offseason.

DYC 2/3 Rookie of the Year: Andrew Wiggins (Runners-up: LOL, JK)

And it’s not even close. This is the award that’s going to keep LeBron from capturing the coveted DYC Executive of the Year award. Damn shame.

DYC 2/3 Defensive Player of the Year: Draymond Green (Runners-up: Anthony Davis, Tim Duncan)

If the Spurs didn’t have more injuries, Old Man River probably wins this, but the biggest difference maker for the Warriors this year over last has been Green. People know about Steph, Klay, and the Warriors offense. People forget that they also trot out the best defense in the Association as well. And Draymond is a big reason why.

DYC 2/3 Sixth Man of the Year: Jamal Crawford (Runners-up: Isaiah Thomas, Manu Ginobili)

Can we rename this award the Jamal Crawford?

DYC 2/3 Coach of the Year: Mike Budenholzer (Runners-up: Steve Kerr, Jason Kidd)

Longest winning streak in the league. Zero max contract guys. Eighth in the East last year. Cue the music.

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Keg Stands For Votes, FSU Giving Recruits Crab Legs, And More

Campaign Keg Stands

If I were running for political office, I would probably have a similar strategy if I were running in the state of Louisiana. I mean what are the chances these tailgating men and women are registered voters, probably slim, but I am sure this politician can find a way around it. This lady literally poured gallons of beer into to voters mouth on Saturday. Check out the next Senator of Louisiana here.


Saban Keeping Kiffin In Check

Lane Kiffin has seriously done more than I ever expected at Alabama. I hated this man, and his Daniel Tosh looking face. Alabama’s offense has been more than impressive so far, and you can look at Amari Cooper’s numbers if you do not believe me. Nick Saban does not believe it is all Kiffin though. He believes that the play makers are making the Tide offense look so good, and truthfully I think it might be a nice mixture of both. Check out Saban’s full comments on Kiffin and the Tide offense here.


Crab Legs and Football, That Is What FSU Does 

Florida State served the visiting recruits crab legs for this past weeks game against Clemson. This is brilliant in my opinion because this shows the recruits they do not have to steal to have crab legs, we will just supply them. I am guessing Jameis Squintston only stole his crab legs because they did not give him his weekly supply. Florida State is just a walking talking sideshow right now, and I look forward to them losing to NCSTATE later this year. Here is the full menu of a Florida State recruiting visit.



Weekly Sports Podcast – Video Edition

That’s right, boys and girls.  This week’s edition of the Weekly Hangover DudeYouPodcast is video only.  Maybe this is a result of technological advancement.  Maybe this is a function of technical difficulties.  We’ll never tell…


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