Monthly Archives: March 2014
Cut down the nets. This is the championship as far as I’m concerned.
That’s all I got/
…on the March Madness Cheat Sheet post. And I failed you.
Let’s all laugh at N.C. State.
FRIDAY AM UPDATE:
Anyone remember former Alabama basketball coach Mark Gottfried?
Don’t Forget to Join DudeYouCrazy’s March Madness Mastery Contest via ESPN here!
At DudeYouCrazy we root for two teams: the Dawgs and the Underdogs. And sometimes Chad roots for the North Carolina Tar Heels. But it’s whatever.
So, while I know everyone already read Chad’s eloquent preview and everyone’s already joined our March Madness Mastery Contest***, we know you might want a little more. You’ll tell us you want a viewing guide so that you can watch all the games, but you really only care about the upsets.
In light of that, here’s a comprehensive list of potential upsets for today (all times ET – a.k.a. correct):
- Dayton (11) will look to upset Ohio State (6) beginning at 12:15 PM on CBS.
- American University (15) (also USA! USA!) will look to stun Wisconsin (2). Tip-off is at 12:40 PM on truTV (that’s a real network apparently).
- Pittsburgh (9) over Colorado (8) is technically an upset. The game launches at 1:40 PM on TBS.
- Harvard (12) over Cincy (5) would be nerdular. Tune in at 2:10 PM on TNT.
- Western Michigan (14 seed, bleakest place on earth) will try to upset ‘Cuse begginning at 2:45 PM on CBS.
- BYU (10) takes on Oregon (7) at 3:10 PM on truTV (that’s a real network apparently).
- Can Albany (16) pull off a monumental upset over Florida (1)? No. But watch at 4:10 PM on TBS.
- Delaware (13) will try to upset Michigan State (4) and prove that 13-over-4 is the new 12-over-5 on TNT at 4:40 PM.
- At 6:55 PM St. Joseph’s (10) will try to become the first Saint to pull off an upset in the 2014 Tourney by defeating UConn (7) on TBS.
- If Wofford (15) beats Michigan (2) it would be considered an upset. That riveting matchup is on CBS at 7:10 PM.
- NC State (12) will beat St. Louis (5). You heard it here. Tune in at 7:20 PM on TNT to watch the upset of the night.
- North Dakota State (12)—or NDakState as they’re better known—will not upset Oklahoma (5) at 7:27 PM on truTV (that’s a real network apparently).
- Milwaukee’s Best (15) will be bested by Villanova (2) on TBS at 9:25 PM.
- Arizona State (10) might beat Texas (7) because those numbers are somewhat close. That game’s on CBS at 9:40 PM.
- Manhattan (13) gets the unfortunate draw of Louisville (4). Don’t watch. But if you do, watch on TNT at 9:50 PM.
- New Mexico State (13) and San Diego State (4) gets the late game at 9:57 PM on truTV (that’s a real network apparently). Go figure.
***Dude’s Note: In reality some 2200 unique visitors have come to the site since we announced the March Madness Mastery Contest. Only 27 are currently registered? What is that? It’s free. There are prizes. It’s free! Join here.
That’s all I got/
I heard of a study recently that over one BILLION man-hours of productivity are lost in offices each year due to March Madness, but managers are okay with it due to “employee morale”.
REALLY, AMERICA? In a country where I owe more in student loan debt than I could realistically earn this year, we’re cool with paying some $20 billion in wages for no work? I love March Madness. As a new AT&T U-Verse subscriber, I cannot wait until Thursday to watch FOUR games at once, on the same screen. So much happy.
A lot of people I know are in some kind of transition in their life right now, and can’t find a good bracket challenge to join. We at DudeYouCrazy have that solution RIGHT HERE. Since there is no financial gain at stake in the DudeYouCrazy bracket (I call it the 1,000,000,000 points in DYC Street Cred Bracket, which is totally a thing), I’m also going to give you some free advice, or at least what I’m looking forward to on the first weekend of the Madness*.
* I finished DFL in the bracket I entered last year, but ran off a pretty mean streak of wins prior to that. It’s easier when Carolina is good.
PLAY-IN GAMES- Tonight and Wednesday
I refuse to call this the ‘first round’. These games are play-in games because the big conferences didn’t want to lose at-large bids and the NCAA wanted two extra nights of programming. Rarely do these games matter, as evidenced by the fact that they don’t even count in any bracket pools. The 4 16 seeds’ combined record playing in the ‘first round’ (like, seriously, they get credit for an NCAAT win if they advance to get slaughtered by Florida or Wichita) is 66-61.
However, the most controversial team in the tournament, N.C. State, has one of the most exciting players in the Dance. T.J. Warren averaged a cool 25 per game this year, and is probably college basketball’s current version of Kevin Durant. He scores on 3’s, dunks, floaters, drives, pull-ups…you name it. When Palmer and I do NBA Draft stuff later this year, I will be kicking and screaming for the Bobcats to draft him (which means they won’t). They play Xavier tonight. SEC-priders, one of your three chances to beat your chest takes place on Wednesday as Tennessee tries to out-mediocre Iowa.
A lot of people are calling this the toughest bracket, with Florida, Kansas, Syracuse, and Pac-12 tourney champ UCLA taking seeds 1-4, respectively. However, Florida ran roughshod over a terrible SEC, Kansas has played like garbage without Joel Embiid, and Syracuse lost to B.C., Georgia Tech, and N.C. State (see, I wasn’t going to continue to compliment them) down the stretch.
Best first-round matchup: Got to be Ohio State/Dayton. Thad Matta has refused to schedule the Flyers, and this is one of those pairings that the selection committee placed in the bracket
by accident to whip at least one Midwestern state into a frenzy.
Best player: Without Embiid, Andrew Wiggins has begun to live up to his ‘next LeBron’ hype, averaging over 30 in his first 3 games without his top-5-lock running mate. He could blow this thing up solo a la Stephen Curry in 2008, or…
Cinderella: …he could lose to #7 New Mexico in the second round. They won the Mountain West, beating San Diego St. 2 out of 3 times (a San Diego St. team that won at Kansas, mind you). Cameron Bairstow and Kendall Williams are both seniors, and I have them advancing to the Sweet 16 at least (note, I haven’t filled out my bracket yet).
Winner: It’s hard to pick against Florida here, although I hesitated to pick them over a tempo-controlling Pitt team in the 2nd round. Any of the teams seeded 1-7 with the exception of VCU could emerge, in my opinion.
Yeah, Virginia won the ACC regular season and tourney, but played each of the other top-four teams (Syracuse, Duke, UNC) once in the regular season. They also lost to Tennessee (by 35!), Green Bay, and tourney teams Wisconsin and VCU. I am going to watch their first-round matchup with Coastal Carolina closely, as it is as close to a 16-over-1 upset pick I’ve ever come. Michigan State and Iowa State are the hot teams coming in, and have favorable draws to reach the Elite Eight. Then there’s the Jekyll-and-Hyde Tar Heels, and unpredictable Villanova and UConn. Basically, I KNOW NOTHING!
Best first-round matchup: The winning team probably won’t break 60 points, but Ivy League rep Harvard is playing its 3rd straight NCAA Tournament, and squaring off with an unpredictable Cincinnati team in the dreaded 12-5 matchup.
Best player: This is a bracket devoid of top-tier NBA talent, so I’m going to list a few: Adriean Payne and Gary Harris at Michigan State, Marcus Paige from UNC, DeAndre Kane and Melvin Ejim of Iowa State, and do-it-all Shabazz Napier at UConn, who won a championship two years ago in the second-most forgettable NCAA Tournament of the shot-clock era (trumped only by 2010’s Duke title, which I may have just blacked out).
Cinderella: #13 Delaware has 3 guys who average 18 points per game, which is unheard of at any level of basketball. Two of them get hot, and they could knock off the people’s national champ Michigan State.
Bonus: Best second-round matchup: A UNC/Iowa State game is the exceedingly rare “both teams play at a ridiculous tempo” game, where the winner should break 90 points.
Winner: Michigan State is a 4-seed. They’re also easily the best, most balanced team in this bracket. If not them, good luck picking between a Villanova team who has to stay hot from 3 to have a chance (they take 25 a game), a ‘meh’ 1-seed, and a bunch of wild-cards.
This is the world’s most boring bracket. Wisconsin, Creighton, and SDSU are all a pain to watch, and none of the first-round games are particularly intriguing. #12 North Dakota State, #13 New Mexico State, and #14 UL-Lafayette make the upset seeds the most directional-school heavy group ever. Arizona is an entertaining team, but not one I particularly trust since the loss of Brandon Ashley.
first-round second-round matchup: Not to confuse y’all with the NCAA’s definition of first and second round, I mean the games played on Saturday and Sunday after teams, yanno, win a game in the first round. There is just nothing compelling in the first, but an Arizona matchup with Marcus Smart and Okie State, a potential Nebraska/Creighton rematch, and the whitest game in modern basketball history between BYU and Wisconsin could all happen.
Best Player: In 2009, I would’ve taken Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin over Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough in a ‘best player’ debate due to NBA potential, and I am doing so again: Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart over Creighton’s Doug McDermott, who is a monster but an annoyance to watch.
Cinderella: North Dakota State has won three straight FCS championships in football, and they get a nice draw of feast-or-famine Oklahoma followed by a mid-major in San Diego St. or New Mexico St.
Winner: I’m taking Wisconsin, based on the fact that they played in the nation’s best conference this year, and, as I said, I don’t trust Arizona.
WE COULD GET LOUISVILLE/KENTUCKY IN THE SWEET 16! PLEASE! Wichita State is the second-most ‘meh’ #1 seed in recent memory, Louisville is the best 4 not named 2014 Michigan State in recent memory (seriously, those teams were ranked 2 and 3 to start the season), and then you have Duke and Michigan both capable of cutting down the nets. Pretty damn good bracket. Regardless of who advances from the first weekend, I will be compelled by the talent and my irrational hatred of Duke as I won’t rest easy until they’re eliminated.
Best first-round matchup: Texas/Arizona St., for the sole reason that there is no potential matchup in the tourney that will have better-looking cheerleaders.
Best Player: With apologies to DangeRuss Smith at Louisville, who was the best player on the 2013 National Champs, Jabari Parker is just insane.
Cinderella: The lower-seeded teams in this bracket are as weak as the high ones are strong. But Kentucky as a #8 is a pretty solid hedge here. I have the Wildcats ‘shocking’ Wichita State.
Winner: Duke. /slams head into keyboard dkjlaefhgewhaiug. Really, they don’t play anyone until a potential matchup with Michigan in the Sweet 16, they have an absurd amount of talent on the wings, and upperclassmen in the backcourt.
And, in the words of Andrew Hall, that’s all I’ve got. I’m not picking the Final Four for you unless you plan on cutting me WAY in on Warren Buffett’s billion dollars.
Georgia Football: How the “Theft by Deception” Interrogation Likely Went Down and What We Can Gather from the Arrest of Four Dawgs
Here’s What We Know:
The following Bulldogs were booked last night in Athens-Clarke County jail:
- Tray Matthews
- Uriah LeMay
- John Taylor
- James Deloach
They were all charged with “Theft by Deception.” The victim was the university athletic department.
Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph shares the scoop thusly:
Three of the players are charged with what amounts to double-dipping: Each allegedly took normal stipend checks from UGA and deposited them via a mobile app, and then also cashed them somewhere else, according to UGA chief of police Jimmy Williamson. A fourth player is charged with taking his roommate’s deposited stipend check and cashing it.
- Don’t ever accuse Georgia of being down with players getting under-the-table cash. They’ll take this kind of crap to the police.
- Speaking of which…why couldn’t this have been handled internally?
It seems like the quickest fix would have been to have the players pay the money back and face some kind of unimaginable “physical conditioning” after a practice or early in the morning.
If I’m those players, I’m playing dumb. I hope the initial questioning went something like this…
Officer: Mr. Matthews you are under arrest for Theft by Deception?
Tray Matthews: What’s that? That sounds made up. Isn’t theft by its very nature somewhat deceptive?
Officer: You’ve been depositing checks via a mobile device and cashing them as well. That’s Theft by Deception.
Matthews: Oh, I see what you’re saying officer. That does make sense now that I think about it. The app kept freezing up though, so I didn’t think my check was going through. And when I told my roommate about what was happening he told me to grab his check out of the trash and take it to be cashed because he’d been using that app too. Technology…more harm than good sometimes, wouldn’t you agree, officer?”
Officer: Ain’t that the truth…wait, what? I’m not agreeing with you. You never noticed the excess cash in your bank account?
Matthews: While I appreciate your refusal to stereotype me as a college student, I do need to remind you…college kids don’t check their bank accounts. We use mobile apps because that’s easy. But we don’t look at numbers or anything. Have you seen the national figures on personal debt of college graduates? It’s alarming.
Officer: But I’m still charging you with Theft by Deception.
Matthews: No, Theft by Deception is like what that kid from the Social Network did with Woody Harrelson when they stole that bank vault in that one flick. Hey LeMay, what was that movie called?
Uriah LeMay: “Now You See Me”
Officer: Now I see you do what? Are you deceptively thieving again? You’re all under arrest. Book ’em.
That’s all I got/