Friday, March 19, 2010

Round 1, Day 2 Tourney Picks

Yesterday's Record: 10-6
Overall Record: 10-6

It was quite the amazing day of hoops yesterday, my friends. Four overtimes. The first four games of the day decided by a combined total of 12 points. A MAC school from Athens, Ohio shocking the world and upsetting the mighty Hoyas. Butler stoming back in the second half to kick some Miner ass. Notre Dame collapsing like a house of cards in the first round...again...damn it. I swear, they do this to me every fucking year. It was just like the West Virginia game from the Big East tourney. The Irish came out in the second half unable to adjust to the zone defense the other team threw at them. And what the hell happened to Harangody? *slams head into desk* Anyways, I applaud them for making a good enough run without their top dog to make it into the tourney.

Now concerning your brackets, don't panic. Upsets happen and nobody is perfect. Hell, if you listened to my dumb ass you still got almost 63% of your picks right yesterday. As long as your Final Four and Elite Eight are still intact, you are doing ok. Most of my losing picks I had slated to lose tomorrow, anyways (the only one I did not was Georgetown, who I had losing in the Sweet Sixteen). Sure, it sucks losing out on easy points, but you can make it up in the long run as long as your remaining teams can make a deep run. Now, on to today's picks:

West Virginia over Morgan State
Xavier over Minnesota
Cornell over Temple - Upset Special
Siena over Purdue
Missouri over Clemson
Pitt over Oakland
Wisconsin over Wofford
Utah State over Texas A&M
Gonzaga over Florida State
Georgia Tech over Oklahoma State
Michigan State over New Mexico State
Duke over Arkansas - Pine Bluff
Syracuse over Vermont
Ohio State over UC - Santa Barbara
Maryland over Houston
Louisville over Cal

Gambling-wise, I would've done ok had I bet. The day would not have started off well thanks to the failures of Florida and ND, but SDSU lost by less than 3.5 (though they didn't win), Northern Iowa/UNLV hit the over, and St. Mary's beat Richmond. As I noted above, I'm taking the Big Red of Cornell over Temple (-3.5) as my upset special. I'm also taking Siena over Purdue (-4.5) as well because I don't like how they have played since they have lost Hummel. I'd also bet Xavier (-1) over the Golden Gophers. Looks like we have another fun day of hoops ahead of us. Enjoy!

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