SjT: On March Madness

Truog has his Monday Morning cut on the Big 10 Teams in the NCAA Brackets: "I was struck by the OSU postgame talk last week and how the Bucknuts continued to play us man-to-man because that was what they were used to despite evidence that zone teams like PSU were more successful against NU."

Well, in the NCAA brackets,
it looks as if their resolve will be put to the test with a potential second round matchup with Georgetown. Will the Princeton offense with better athletes give the Bucks trouble? They'll be in Dayton, but I'm still not liking their chances given how they played the Cats close twice. We'll see.

As for other Big Ten teams' draw ...

* Illinois and MSU, the two returning Final Four teams and ones I thought had the best shot to go far this year (just not a believer in OSU and Iowa consistently), got a bad draw being in UConn's region. At least MSU doesn't have to face UNC in Greensboro. I think Sparty beats the Heels and makes it to the regional final - losing to UConn. Illinois will probably also be eliminated by the Huskies. But both have good shots at the Sweet 16.

* Rough draw for Wisconsin. The 8/9 game is probably a tad low for both the Badgers and Arizona -- and then facing Villanova in Philly as a reward for surviving round one is even worse. But I wouldn't count out a Bucky upset or two (after all, Wisky-Nova *should* have been the east regional final last year if they had competent refs in the CarrierDome:) ). Still unlikely they'll make the Sweet 16.

* OSU's gotta be on huge upset alert with Georgetown, but if they survive that second round game in Dayton, they could go far. Oklahoma and/or Florida could both fall early and they could match up well with Villanova in the final in Minneapolis. But I have a bad feeling they'll play the Hoyas man-to-man and get beaten in round 2.

* Iowa's a team I could see losing in round one ... and if they survive, playing West Virginia in round two will be tough, even at Auburn Hills.

* Indiana -- oddly enough -- may have the best final four shot of the league. Steve Fisher in round one will be a challenge, but this is the weakest region by far. The Zags can be upset and they could match up well with UCLA in Oakland in the Sweet 16. But a swan song run for Mike Davis to end in Indy would be a great story.

Well, time to get those brackets ready. Dunno if I'll have any Big Ten teams in the HoosierDome, but it'll be great to enjoy March Madness fully for the first time in years.

Go Big Ten!

GO CATS!!!
-SjT


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