Posted on: November 11, 2008 9:24 am
anyone know if Safari messes up the formatting, well not even formatting, just hitting return to jump to the next line? maybe i just need to post using firefox, but it's happened a few times now, and it's getting a bit annoying. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
Posted on: March 19, 2008 4:44 am
Edited on: March 19, 2008 4:56 am
s...but anyways, on to my probably completely incorrect predictions
On to the south, what I'd say is the toughest bracket of them all.
South RegionalMy sweet 16 teams in the south are Memphis, Michigan State, Stanford, and Texas. However, I think this one is wide open, as I could see any two of the top 6 seeds making the Elite 8.
Memphis v Michigan State and Stanford v Texas. I would take any of these 4 teams to the Final Four this year, but unfortunately only one will get that honor. In a single elimination tournament it's all about getting hot and staying hot, so the inconsistancy of Michigan State could be a problem. However, I think Izzo can pull the team together and put up a nice run. Because I'm biased toward my Spartans, I'll go ahead and pick Texas to win the South, but I like State's odds. They like to play a faster game than the Big Ten has allowed, and Memphis would definitely play that style of game. Turnovers would be a concern, but I think they physical defensive play of the Spartans will be the deciding factor. Memphis doesn't shoot free throws well, and State fouls a lot if they game is called tightly, so I like that trade off. Texas could have some trouble dealing with Stanford's size, but I think their guard play will dominate anyway. If Marquette makes it instead, I like Texas' odds even more. This would set up a rematch of Texas v MSU. The Spartans won round one at a "neutral" site, which was basically a home game at the Palace. Same story in the Elite 8 except in Texas. The Longhorns will probably win that game, but I like MSU's chances. They won once and I think they could do it again. This may just be wishful thinking though, so I'll pick Texas for the Final Four.
Now I'll qualify all of that. If Pitt beat my Spartans, I like the Panthers to beat Memphis and possible beat Texas. Pitt and MSU are similar teams, so it's no surprise that either could make a Final Four run. Pitt's hot right now, but long conference tournament runs aren't always kind to teams. Syracuse comes to mind. However, Pitt's a better team by far so I don't think that'll play much of a role. Long story short, I like the winner of the Pitt/MSU game to the Elite 8, and probably the Final 4 if Texas isn't at the top of their game. The Spartans are a wild card this year. If they finally pull it together and play as well as they're capable of (refer back to the Indiana game if you're not sure what that looks like) they could surprise a lot of people and make a deep run. They have the talent, it's just time to put it all together. Never count out the Izzo factor to make that happen.
Posted on: March 17, 2008 7:04 pm
Part 2 of my picks for this year's Tournament
The 4 I like going to the sweet 16 from the Midwest are Kansas, Clemson, Wisconsin, and Georgetown.