Monday, March 18, 2013

3/18: The Field is Set!


  • First of all, we have to talk about the NCAA tournament field being set. I'm holding off on any real bracket analysis until later in the week (and I'll post mine, in full), but we'll talk about the weirdness that I saw in selections/seeding. I can't fathom why Oregon is a #12 seed after winning the Pac-12 tournament, as I thought they were a lock regardless, and they have been fantastic when healthy. That's literally a 4-line bump down. UNLV (a #5 seed) has to play Cal in a virtual road game in San Jose, and the teams played already this year. In what world does Oklahoma deserve a #10 at-large spot? Finally, Davidson gets stuck as a #14 seed when they a) beat Montana head-to-head, b) have a better body of wins/losses, and c) played a tougher schedule. Sigh.
  • The Heat won their 22nd consecutive game last night with a 108-91 victory over Toronto. This streak is getting to be insane at this point, and with Boston the horizon (and the tourney not starting until Thursday), the exposure will rise. Lebron had 22/12/8 in 34 minutes, Wade had 24 points and 9 assists, and Ray Allen added 20 points off the bench. Beast mode. 
  • Jake Long is headed to the St. Louis Rams. The former Wolverine agreed to terms with the Rams over going back to Miami, and if he's healthy, he's one of the best in the league. Again, he's also a wolverine. Go Blue. 
What to watch for on Monday...
  • 1:00 - MLB - Phillies @ Braves (ESPN) - Monday afternoon Spring Training baseball. Go Braves.
  • 7:30 - NBA - Mavs @ Hawks (SportSouth) - Dallas is pretty wretched away from home, and they face a suddenly hot Hawks team who beat up on Brooklyn (on the road, no less) on Sunday night. 
  • 8:00 - NBA - Heat @ Celtics (ESPN) - A nationally televised opportunity see if Miami can extend their streak with a big road win. 
  • 10:30 - NBA - Knicks @ Jazz (ESPN) - Utah is going to absolutely maul the Knicks up front if Chandler doesn't play. 

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