96 Teams? Worst Idea Ever.

Just yesterday I thought my decision to go running while still feeling the effects of a cold was the worst idea ever.  Then I read a little bit more about the NCAA’s impending expansion of 65 teams to 96 teams for the National Championship Tournament.  They might as well just come out and say, “Yeah, we’re money hungry and adding teams gets us more money.  We don’t care what you think.”

I mean, yeah, who cares that the NCAA Basketball Tournament is perfect the way it is and it’s truly the only reason I watch college basketball anyway?

Under the new format, 32 of the team would get automatic byes into the second round while the other 64 would battle it out in an extra game.  So let me get this straight, since 1985 when the tournament was expanded to 64 teams, the lowest seed to ever win was #8 Villanova in 1985.  For the math challenged out there, that means only the top 32 teams even have a shot at winning this thing anyway.  Hey, sure, let’s add 31 more teams who don’t have a shot to win.  That will make it so much better!

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My First NCAA Tournament Game Experience

On Friday night a friend from college called me up and informed me that he had an extra ticket to the Tennessee-Michigan State game and that I should come since I’m a Tennessee fan.  Sound logic, I thought, so I went.

I’d never been to an NCAA Tournament game before and had never really planned on going, either.  I’d rather spend my money on other sports, but I’m a sucker for my teams and I didn’t have to pay for the ticket so it was a win-win for me.  I donned my orange and headed out.

My seats for the game.

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NCAA Tournament Picks – Sweet 16

I actually forgot about the Tournament today with our mock draft going on, so forgive my tardiness.  I’m going to give my picks for all right games because I know that I’ll forget again tomorrow.

I’ll start with the two games currently going on since they’ll be over in a minute anyway.

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NCAA Tournament – Day 4

I think Weller was lost on the Strip last night plus his internet is probably still out.  Luckily, my picks are getting better as we go along, which is odd.  I only missed one yesterday and that was the best one to miss.  I’m headed to the Blues game in a minute so I’m going to miss all the games today.

Let’s pick Day 4.

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NCAA Tournament – Day 3

I only missed three games yesterday and two of them were the ones I switched at that last second.  I know, I know, I broke the cardinal rule of  bracket picking.  I’ll do better next year, I promise.

I’m not sure Weller is awake yet or if his internet is in tact so I’m here again.  By the way, it’s actually snowing outside.  I wore shorts yesterday and now there is snow on the ground.  I don’t know what to do with that.

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NCAA Tournament – Day 2

You’re back with Bryan today.  Weller had internet for a brief moment last night, but then it went away again.  So, instead of getting good picks…you get mine.

Granted, I had an okay day yesterday if you take out the Georgetown game.  I had them in the Final 4.  I’ve never lost a Final 4 team in the first round.  Whoops.  Let’s get to it.

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WMD – March Madness

No, not Weapons of Mass Destruction. This obviously stands for Weller’s Musing and Divination. I have no idea if this will become a frequent type of post or not, but this one will be similar to the Bracketology that Joe Lunardi does for ESPN. And of course by similar, I mean that I will be doing exactly what he does: predicting the field of 65 and their seedings in each region. Don’t fool yourself though, Mr. Lunardi knows significantly more about college basketball than I do. In fact, I haven’t hardly followed college basketball at all this year but this seemed like a fun idea and thought I’d give it a shot. Feel free to tear it apart: Continue reading

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