In an ultra rare match-up between a seven and an eight seed in the National Championship game, it felt more like a battle of two traditional powers who are ranked number one. While both teams have a pedigree of championships, both of these teams are on the way back up form a down turn the last few years.
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Congratulations are due for the aptly named “Winner’s Bracket” for…you guessed it, winning the 2012 Dubsism Bracket Challenge. But for many of the rest of us (myself especially), the question is: Can you euthanize a bracket?
I manage to get only one of the Final Four, and then I’m smart enough to not pick that team as the winner. The only real upside is that Kansas lost. Screw Kansas; there is no team in college basketball I hate more than the Jayhawks.
Naturally, because I’m a masochist, I’ll be back next year.
By Sam Brief (Sam’s Sports Brief)
146 days after the 2011-12 College Basketball season tipped off, just two teams are left standing – the Kansas Jayhawks and the Kentucky Wildcats. The story lines in this game are amazing – both teams have a Player of the Year candidate (Kansas’ Thomas Robinson and Kentucky’s Anthony Davis), both are historic powerhouses (29 combined Final Four appearances), and they faced-off earlier in the season (Kentucky 75, Kansas 65). Which team will come out on top tomorrow? Will it be the Jayhawks or the Wildcats? Which players will play big roles? What are some intriguing matchups to watch? It’s time to find out…
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The people are filing into the city of New Orleans for this years NCAA Final Four 2012, march madness has been “MAD”as always, numerous teams have been bounced and sent home. All the drama, all the excitement, all the heroics, have built the stage for only 4 teams to stand on, BUT who will steal the show when the curtain closes? Lets look at the matchups below:
10…9…8… Eventually you get the blinding flash, then the blast wave that crushes everything in its path for miles in every direction, then the radioactive fallout which poisons the landscape into a toxic nuclear wasteland where there simply is no survival.
Then there’s what happened to my bracket. This was beyond collapse; this may have been the worst bracket I’ve ever filled out. If you read any further, be warned that my bracket exploded with such ferocity that radiation may be seeping into your eyeballs at this very moment.
As March Madness comes to as fast as an end as it began with, I am reminded this time of year why I DON’T DO BRACKETS: By the first weekend, usually the play-in games, I am out of contention and have lost any money I put into a pool. I haven’t competitively done brackets in a few years, much to the chagrin of new followers to TSFSG. When confronted with the usual question, “You’re The Sports Girl, I how do you not do brackets”, I quip back, “YA GIRL DON’T DO BRACKETS” and give the above explanation. I think it’s hilarious how people get caught up in brackets. I would rather play fantasy soccer than do brackets.
But it does not stop me from making predictions, which I guess is what doing brackets is, but I don’t like being wrong that many times. Reviews and predictions for The Final Four in New Orleans after the break!
For many sports fans, March is their favourite month. Why? The Tournament! It is definitely unique and always enthralling. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament tips off on Thursday and as per usual, there will be upsets, buzzer beaters, and magical moments that will bet etched in our memory banks forever. (Also some bad Jim Nantz puns but that’s another story.)
I fell in love with the tournament back in 1990 when Loyola Marymount made a Cinderella run to the Elite 8. Their star player Hank Gathers tragically passed away during a game just weeks before the tourney. The rest of the players decided to play on and dedicated their tournament run to the memory of Gathers, who was touted as a lottery pick in the NBA draft that same year. Bo Kimble, who was Gathers’ roommate shot all of his free throws left-handed in memory of Gathers and made every left-handed free throw. The Lions made it to the Elite 8 before losing to UNLV, the eventual National Champions.