Predictable regret — Didn’t take long for Missouri to drown my bracket in red ink

Posted: 03/17/2012 in college basketball
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My NCAA tournament bracket is a bloody mess and I know where to place the blame.

You may recall that the bracket showed me the way to Missouri and I expressed fear that might be something I’d regret.

That decision imploded quicker than O.J. Simpson’s reputation did back in June of 1994.

The second-seeded Tigers didn’t even win a single game in the tournament and lost to 15th-seeded Norfolk State on Friday.

Note to self: Missouri never wins in anything of importance. Mark this down as a lesson learned and to be remembered.

The only saving grace for my bracket title hopes is that second-seeded Duke also went down Friday by losing to 15th-seeded Lehigh.

Norfolk State and Lehigh winning on the same day is something no sane individual would have ever predicted.

Only four No. 15 seeds had won prior to Friday’s epic day: Richmond over Syracuse in 1991, Santa Clara over Arizona in 1993, Coppin State over South Carolina in 1997 and Hampton over Iowa State in 2001.

Here are some other thoughts after the conclusion of the real first round of the NCAA tournament:


Aztecs overpowered by Wolfpack

At least I was wise enough to pick San Diego State to be a one-and-done participant.

There was nothing to like on paper about the Aztecs’ matchup against North Carolina State and it was even worse when the game was played.

The 11th-seeded Wolfpack owned the interior and shot 58.5 percent in the 79-65 victory. North Carolina State had a 38-29 rebounding edge and held the sixth-seeded Aztecs to 37.7 percent shooting.

San Diego State’s smaller lineup – and not nearly as tough either – couldn’t defend 6-foot-8, 250-pound Richard Howell, who more than doubled his average with 22 points.

The Aztecs will be loaded next season as transfers J.J. O’Brien (Utah) and Dwayne Polee II (St. John’s) and a highly regarded recruiting class join returning starters Jamaal Franklin, Chase Tapley, Xavier Thames and James Rahon.


Ohio the Buckeyes or Ohio the Bobcats?

Alanis Morissette isn’t the only person who finds it “Ironic” that Michigan lost to Ohio on Friday.

Former San Diego State coach Brady Hoke is Michigan’s football coach and Hoke purposely refers to the Ohio State Buckeyes as “Ohio” as a slight to the Buckeyes.

Hoke did it in his opening press conference and did it all throughout the season. But it wasn’t only people associated with Ohio State who took offense to the dig. The real Ohio did too and the Bobcats used it as motivation when they saw Michigan was the first-round opponent.

“Ohio State is The Ohio State and we’re Ohio University in Athens,” guard D.J. Cooper said after scoring 21 points in the epic upset. “So hopefully, they’ll show us some respect now.”

Hoke’s deal is silly when you realize Hoke would have found it insulting to be referred to as the coach of San Diego – the Toreros are a small-college football program – when he was at San Diego State.

No matter how you want to refer to the Bobcats, there will always be this fact: It will never be forgotten that highly seeded Michigan of the Big Ten got eliminated by 13th-seeded Ohio from the Mid-American Conference.

The joke is on Hoke’s school.


Bank shots

A double-digit seed is guaranteed to be in the Sweet 16 of the Midwest Regional as No. 12 South Florida meets Ohio on Sunday … That is also the case in the South Regional with Lehigh facing No. 10 Xavier. In fact, a Colorado upset over No. 3 Baylor would leave two double-digit seeds facing one another in the Sweet 16 with the Buffaloes being an 11 seed … Love how remarkable Virginia Commonwealth coach Shaka Smart already answered the question of who is this year’s VCU with Thursday’s impressive victory over fifth-seeded Wichita State … All eight higher seeds won their games in the East Regional … Rick Majerus is apparently still among the living and guided ninth-seeded Saint Louis to a first-round victory over Memphis in West Regional play. When Majerus was Utah’s coach and once served as a guest analyst in the CBS studio, he delivered one of television’s top all-time lines when asked how he deals with a tough loss. “Win or lose, I go eat my ass off,” Majerus said.


Idle thought

Never, never ask the bracket to show you the way to the winner. It mistakes the request for “Show Me” and you end up with Missouri.


  1. Bill Chance says:

    I am happy that I don’t do a bracket. I love the tournament and want to enjoy the games on an individual basis.

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