A… Basketball Post?!

Yes, it is time to give some attention to Basketball. I know, I know, Football is reaching its highest point, but I do want to have one brief mention of Sunday’s loss to Mercer…… MERCER!

If only Mark Gottfried had Steele’s injury to blame

Rico Pickett Wants Out

Freshman point guard Rico Pickett wants out at the University of Alabama. (The Decatur Daily)

The elder Pickett also iterated that his son’s recent suspension from Alabama’s basketball team for a “failure to comply with team rules” has nothing to do with academics.

“He told them that he wanted to leave. They told him they weren’t going to release him. This is their way of fighting back, saying that he is suspended for academic reasons,” his father said. “He has the same grades that he has had since he has been at Alabama.”

Added Pickett’s father, “He is transferring. That is a fact. You heard it from me.”

Wheels = falling off of the bus.

Princeton on Steriods

I know we’re all excited about A-day, and I promise I will have you plenty of information on it. But, I am a little pressed for time, and today is the day where we crown an NCAA national champion in basketball.

Many have wondered when Memphis will fall in the NCAA tournament due to their poor free-throw shooting. Yet, even though the Tigers have a poor regular season FT percentage, they have not shown any real weakness during the tournament. Part of this can be attributed to the new offense they adopt this year.

I’m no expert at breaking down basketball offenses, but I can at least provide you with something that should hopefully help you to understand the offense Calipari borrowed for a Jr. College coach.

First we have a link that should hopefully help to explain the Dribble-Drive Motion Offense. After that, we have an inside access piece from ESPN earlier in the year.

Even though I root for Kansas 9 times out of 10, I need Memphis to win (I think) if I am to stand a chance at winning a pool or two. I could very well be wrong on the math since my brain has been in a vice-grip these past few days, but I’m pretty sure that is the only way for a TD victory.

Hopefully the game will be as entertaining as it is being hyped up to be. Kansas and Memphis are both extraordinarily talented teams with, lead by two very good coaches.

The Required Final Four Post

roy.jpg Roy: Golly gosh! I sure am glad to get North Carolina back to the Final Four. Now I can focus on winning another National Title so I can cement a great legacy in Chapel Hill.

*Telephone rings*

Roy: Oh hey, the phone is ringin’. Must be a newspaper guy wantin’ to profile old Roy. *picks up phone* Hello?

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If This Is You…

Don’t worry, it’s considered normal until your championship pick is beaten.

My Bracket Broke

Today didn’t go as well as I had hoped. Pitt, Duke, and Marquette all lost, which means my Sweet 16 is off to a rough start. I can handle Duke losing, because it allows me to post pictures of Scheyer face:

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SCHEYEEEER!

But Stanford…. you can go ahead and not expect a Christmas card from me this year, because you barely knocked off one of my Sweet 16 teams. In fact, I’m angry enough to bring this back up….

2004 you Harvard wannabes

I really need Texas, Louisville, and others to avoid some upsets if I hope to rebound on Sunday. Still, I think I’m 30-10 overall, which isn’t bad. HAPPY EASTER EVERYBODY!!

WKU = Pure Gold

Wow…. what a day of basketball. If you’re a fan of upsets, then Friday was a good day for you. Of course, days such as yesterday are never good for hot streaks, as I missed 6 out of the 16 game after starting 15-1, but such is life.

I gotta give props to Al C. Hemist and his newly adopted team Butler as they laid down the law against South Alabama. I let my in-state homerism take over in that pick, hoping that a really bad loss in Mobile wouldn’t deter their NCAA efforts. Tennessee needs to stay on their toes if they want to move on to Charlotte, NC. Great story for such a young coach and a tough team.

But to me, the story of the day was Western Kentucky’s 101-99 OT win over Drake in Tampa/ St. Pete. That assist for the three pointer has to be one of the smartest moves I’ve seen in a long time, one that I doubt we’ll see the rest of the tournament. The shot was amazing, the effort was amazing (for both teams), and the entire day in Tampa was just amazing. I don’t know what you WKU fans did to deserve such a performance, but please keep doing it.

Big Red is pleased you brought the first born…

That might not end well….

As for Saturday, the best match-up appears to be Pittsburgh vs. Michigan State. Having said that, I think Marquette vs. Stanford and Kansas St. vs Wisconsin should also give you some fireworks. Michael Beasley and company can hit the boards with the best of them, and Wisconsin is an under-seeded team in my opinion.

Oh, and don’t forget Purdue vs. Xavier. I’ll be pulling for the Musketeers for a majority of this tournament since I have them going to the Elite Eight.

The only down side to all of this excitement is having to watch the SEC struggle to survive. Arkansas and Tennessee did win, but Georgia, Kentucky, and Vanderbilt all went down in unimpressive fashion (well, UGA wasn’t unimpressive considering how they got there, but they did fall apart). Hopefully 2009 will be our time to shine again one everyone get more experience.

So take it easy, plant yourself on the couch, and ignore the weeds outside as we prepare for another exciting day of basketball.

NCAA Tournament: Day 2

I’ve learned the hard way to update all of your brackets at once so you don’t have an inconsistency. From now on, I’ll only reference my Yahoo.com bracket challenge bracket, since that represents my final bracket. The one I showed you yesterday was from Facebook, the bracket I forgot to update. So, here are the Yahoo hits and misses for Tide Druid after the first half of Round 1:

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A good start, but I wonder if today will be as kind. That’s the beauty and the problem with March Madness, you can go from hot to cold in about 24 hours. Will there be more upsets? I hope so, because yesterday was rather dull minus Duke vs Belmont.

If I go 16-0 today, I’ll celebrate with another Roundtable spoof…. or maybe just another post of some sort, because I’m unpredictable baby!

One Big Ole Serving of Hoops

Today is the day where people curse themselves for going to work more than they usually do. Why? Because today….. March Madness kicks into high gear! It’s unfortunate that Alabama cannot participate this year, but those are the breaks I suppose.

I know what you’re wondering: What will TD do in order to keep up with the NCAA tournament while at work? I can only suggest one thing since this is actually our busy season *grumbles while typing this fact*. I plan on taking a fairly late lunch. This way, I can go home to eat while getting about a good hour of TV watching in before I have to start more paper pushing. Half a hot-pocket and a ham sandwich is worth it, dangit!

If you’re allowed a TV at work, you should be set. If you’re like me and the rest of America, you don’t have this option. So, I suggest those of you with MP3 players that have FM abilities to tune into the closest sports FM station that is actually going to broadcast the games. If you’re like me, you only get WJOX, which means you’ll have to listen to Lance and Ian have the following conversation:

Ian- So I was eating at [the Italian place they pimp that I choose not to remember] and dude….. the Chicken Parm- I call it Chicken Parm because it makes me sound cool- was so out of this world and cheesy…. mmmmm.

Lance- Speaking of cheesy, it’s time to start our hour of wasting time by playing cheesy movie trivia! The Last Starfighter is the movie, and the question is about the actor who played the game’s creator. What is his name, and what movie musical shot him to semi-stardom early in his big screen career?

Ian- I dunno man. I’d answer it, but then I might have to stop using my cool cat lingo…. or stop objectifying women, which would totally sink our show.

Lance- We do tend to depend on skin a little too often during the spring…

Sorry to insert a mini-tangent, I just had to express my feelings about this ridiculous waste of time during the post-season. I digress….

If you can’t find any way at all to catch a game during the daylight hours, then I have one thing that could help you. Drum roll please!….

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Blogging Because I Must

As you can tell, most people are taking a few days off during this lull between spring football and March madness. I have to admit, it is nice to be able to sit back and not have anything to worry about for a few days. Heck, having Alabama out of the tournament could be a good thing considering how nervous I usually get before big games. Yep, just sit back, and blissfully enjoy the action around you while you can….

Ok, that’s a little too blissfully laid back, but you get the idea.

While you’re relaxing, why not take the time to fill out your brackets. You don’t have to be an expert at picking games, the thrill of it is taking risks and watching them actually happen. Heck, I’ve had almost zero success these past 2 years in bracket pools, but I always enjoyed it when I picked a game no one else called. This year, I really don’t have that many major upsets, but I do have a few that should spice the tourny up just a hair. They include:

  • Arkansas over Indiana (9 over an 8, not a “true” upset)
  • South Alabama over Butler (B’ham plays a factor in this one)
  • Western Kentucky over Drake (Horn is an excellent coach)
  • Clemson over Vanderbilt (Dores aren’t playing very well. Again, it’s a 5 over a 4, show it isn’t that upsetting).
  • Marquette over Stanford (Big East should make some noise)
  • Louisville over Tennessee (Vols got screwed with a tough bracket)
  • Wisconsin over Georgetown (Hoyas are a little too high, and the Badgers are a little too low)
  • Texas over Memphis (If both make it into the Sweet 16 and Elite 8, Texas will have home court advantage)