Monday, March 12, 2012

3/12: The Bracket Arrives...

Greetings all! Back in full force on this madness Monday...
  • The lead story of any sports column this morning is the release of the March Madness bracket, and that's not changing in this space. The #1 seeds aren't really a surprise with Kentucky, Syracuse, and North Carolina being virtual locks and Michigan State stealing one with a Big 10 championship run, but the most interesting thing to me is that there isn't a single team I trust outside of the 1 and 2 seeds, and even then? Skepticism abounds. I'll release a full bracket on Wednesday (or Thursday morning), but until then, I have one just major seeding/selection question. Why is the BYU/Iona game for a 14-seed? Seems a little low for an at-large play-in game, and that doesn't even account for the fact that no one can quite figure out how BYU snuck into the field at all. Anyway.
  • I'm already sick of the "Peyton Manning narrows his search" headlines... it's becoming the "Dwight Howard trade rumor: Sources say" of the NFL.
  • Tiger Woods left a WGC event on Sunday with a leg issue. Definitely curious timing as he was out of contention and this is something we'd never seen him do prior to the car accident, but if he really thought it would only worsen his chances at Augusta? I can't hate too much.
  • College Hoops tourney notes - Upset city! Vanderbilt climbed the seeding ranks all the way to the 5-line after beating Kentucky 71-64 to win the SEC. As mentioned earlier, Michigan State knocked off Ohio State 68-64 to clinch the Big 10 title. Florida State "upset" North Carolina in a weird game that saw FSU (a team that can't score) win a game played in the 80's against the high-powered Heels. And finally, St. Bonaventure squeezed some unsuspecting bubble team out of a spot as they finished a Cinderella run to win the A-10 title over Xavier.
  • A Look at the Association - The Hawks get a road win in Sacramento behind Josh Smith's 28 points, 106-99 over the Kings. On the ridiculous side, Smiff took 13 jump shots in this game. I have no words. The Knicks lost their 5th straight game with a home defeat at the hands of Philly, as Evan Turner exploded for 24 points and 15 boards from the 2-guard spot. Orlando beat up on Indiana behind Dwight Howard's 30 and 13. Not shocking, right? How about when you consider that the Magic were without Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu? Interesting. And finally, Golden State blew a 21-point 2nd-half lead before re-emerging to beat the Clips in LA 97-93. Monta Ellis finished with 21 and 11 to lead the Dubs, and Chris Paul broke his nose. There you go.

What to watch for on Monday...

  • MLB - Marlins vs. Red Sox - ESPN 1:30 - I don't like Spring training baseball, but a look at the Marlins could prove helpful.
  • NBA - Knicks @ Bulls - ESPN 8:00 - Monday night NBA! The Knicks are reeling right now, and Derrick Rose probably isn't the prescription.
  • NBA - Celtics @ Clippers - ESPN 10:30 - Rondo is suddenly playing out of his skull and that PG matchup is one to watch.

There you have it..

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