Here were are, every sports-lover's favorite week of the year. Is there anything better than the first week of the NCAA Men's Tournament? No, I didn't think so, and thanks for agreeing with me.
With that cliché opening out of the way, let's get to some quick thoughts on how this is all going to go down.
BIGGEST UPSET IN THE ROUND OF 64
I'm picking two 11s to topple 6's, and one of them is not the trendy pick of Bucknell over Butler.
St. Mary's over Memphis
Minnesota over UCAL
I'm also taking Iowa St. over Notre Dame. Sorry Irish fans.
HIGH SEEDS IN THE SWEET 16
-I've got chaulk out west except for Arizona beating New Mexico.
-In the Midwest I think 1, 2, 3 and 4 all make it.
-VCU upsets Michigan in the South to join Kansas, Geortown and Florida
-Butler beats Marquette to make it to to the Sweet 16 with IU, Miami, 'Cuse.
ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR
Duke over Louisville
Ohio State over Wisconsin
Georgetown over Kansas
Indiana over Miami
AND THEN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
This time INDIANA gets to cut down the nets for real after beating OSU to take home their 6th NCAA Championship in an all Big Ten finale.
Sure, I'm a Hoosiers fan... but I wouldn't stake my repuation on a team I didn't believe had a legit shot to win it all. Plus, they match up well with OSU.
If this doesn't get your weekend off to a nice start, nothing will...
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Jeff Meyer, former assistant under Kelvin Sampson while he "coached" at IU, now works for Michigan. After IU beat Michigan to win it's first outright B1G Championship since 1993, Tom Crean couldn't let this opportunity go to let Mr. Meyer know what he thought about his predesessor. Watch the video below.
And while I don't always enjoy Tom Crean's in-game substitutions, I do like his post-game passion.
Fans of the show know that I am not one to turn down awards. I have a love affair with trophies, ribbons, medals, plaques and pretty much accolades of any kind as long as they are for some kind of accomplishment. That's why it felt odd when I was initially put-off by Tom Crean on IU's Senior Night cutting down the nets and proclaiming that he wanted to hoist a banner for the Big Ten Championship.
The first part of the problem was simple, they are doing this after a bad loss, and also doing it before the season is over. Plus, you'd like to think they'd have bigger goals in their minds. The second part gets a bit murkier.
Since 2000, IU has a tradition of adding years to a singular banner that represents all of their Big Ten Championships. The only excpetion to this was 1983, a year in which Bob Knight dedicated the championship to "the fans" for carrying his team to three big home wins despite losing their best player to injury. Well, Crean announced on Senior Night that this trend is about to change. Not only does he want to give the '12-'13 Hoosiers their own banner, he wants to do it for all former championship teams too.
If this had come after a win, would it sting so much? If he had waited until after a season in which we won a national title, would it still be a big deal? I don't think so. Also, if this had come after Crean had already won a few titles, it might not seem like he's trying to prop up his team's accomplishment's over what the rest of the program has done. The saving grace is that he wants to recognize all of the past teams for their titles too. But something still feels off about it. I guess you kind of wish he was more concerned with winning new banners, than trying to fill the place with past accomplishments.