Friday March Madness Open Thread

Day Two: Let the Madness Continue! [Friday NCAA Open Thread]

3/22/13 in NCAABB   |   Jess   |   35092 respect

A couple of upsets yesterday, huh? What an exciting day of basketball. My Zags gave me a tiny heart attack, but I've recovered, thanks. I'm sure fans of New Mexico, Pitt, and Oklahoma State (who were all favored in a few expert brackets) aren't fairing so well. Today we get day two of round two with 16 more games, because that's how March Madness rolls. 

I won't get too crazy in explaining most of my picks, because I'm not going to pretend I know basketball outside of cheering for my team. I fill out my bracket according to my and my friends' alma maters, teams I liked when I was little because I recognized the names, schools I was interested in attending, etc. because when it comes right down to it we really just don't know, do we? So, I'll share my picks, no matter how unsexy they may be.

Let's do this...

Blog Photo - Friday March Madness Open ThreadNo. 15 Albany vs. No. 2 Duke
Midwest Region, from Philadelphia, PA
12:15pm on CBS
My Pick: Duke, because Coach K.

No. 12 Ole Miss vs. No. 4 Wisconsin
West Region, from Kansas City, MO
12:40pm on TRU
My Pick: I'm going out on a limb and calling an upset special here. I know a lot of experts are predicting Wisconsin to go deep but we've got to have a good bracket buster at some point don't we?

No. 9 Temple vs. No. 8 NC State
East Region, from Dayton, OH
1:40pm on TBS
My Pick: Temple

No. 15 Pacific vs. No. 2 Miami (FL)
East Region, from Austin TX
2:10pm on TNT
My Pick: Miami

No. 10 Cincinnati vs. No. 7 Creighton
Midwest Region, from Philadelphia, PA
2:45pm on CBS
My Pick: Cincinnati

No. 13 La Salle vs. No. 4 Kansas St.
West Region, from Kansas City, MO
3:10pm on TRU
My Pick: Wasn't La Salle a bubble team? No matter - from my understanding, Kansas State is pretty good. Let's go with them.

Blog Photo - Friday March Madness Open ThreadNo. 16 James Madison vs. No. 1 Indiana
East Region, from Dayton, OH
4:10pm on TBS
My Pick: I've looked at a LOT of expert brackets over the past few days and most of them have these guys going at least through to the Final Four. Not that experts are always right, but they've got more of an idea than I do. I'll side with them and pick the Hoosiers.

No. 10 Colorado vs. No. 7 Illinois
East Region, from Austin, TX
4:40pm on TNT
My Pick: Illinois, if only for a couple of friends of mine.

Check out the next page for the rest!

No. 15 FGCU vs. No. 2 Georgetown
South Region, from Philadelphia, PA
6:50pm on TBS
My Pick: Georgetown.

Blog Photo - Friday March Madness Open ThreadNo. 15 Iona vs. No 2. Ohio State
West Region, from Dayton, OH
7:15pm on CBS
My Pick: Ohio State's another popular "Final Four" or finalist team, so let's go with them.

No. 9 Villanova vs. No 8 North Carolina
South Region, from Kansas City, MO
7:20pm on TNT
My Pick: Tar Heels

No. 14 NW State vs. No. 3 Florida
South Region, from Austin, TX
7:27pm on TRU
My Pick: My friend works for Florida in the film and media department. I'm calling their win for him.

No. 10 Oklahoma vs. No. 7 San Diego St.
South Region, from Philadelphia, PA
9:20pm on TBS
My Pick: I wanted to go to SDSU when I graduated high school. Go Aztecs!

Blog Photo - Friday March Madness Open Thread
No. 10 Iowa State vs. No. 7 Notre Dame
West Region, from Dayton, OH
9:45pm on CBS
My Pick: Is Notre Dame as overrated as people are saying? I had the pleasure of going to the campus in South Bend over the summer last year and thoroughly enjoyed my tour. I'm sticking with them.

No. 16 W. Kentucky vs. No. 1 Kansas
South Region, from Kansas City, MO
9:50pm on TNT
My Pick: I can't go against the grain. Kansas it is.

No. 11 Minnesota vs. No. 6 UCLA
South Region, from Austin, TX
9:57pm on TRU
My Pick: Something is whispering "upset" to me, and I've learned over the years that it's just easier to listen to the voices. Minnesota.

Who did you pick for today's games? How badly did I do? Tune in all day, shuck your responsibilities because let's face it, your boss doesn't expect you to get anything done today anyway; it's Friday, and it's March Madness, baby! 
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3/22/13   |   kobe_lova   |   62341 respect

Go Aztecs!

3/22/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Some good games tomorrow... VCU vs Michigan...early...

3/22/13   |   Scott   |   54594 respect

richard_cranium wrote:
I am starting to think about never picking G-town to win a tournament game again. Since their Final Four run in 2007 they have yet to reach the Sweet Sixteen  or farther.

I am starting to think that I should just stick to college football and Major league baseball

3/22/13   |   richard_cranium   |   17683 respect

Scott wrote:
I'm quickly becoming the Georgetown of bracket picking.  Great regular season of picking winners and then one and done when the tournament begins

I am starting to think about never picking G-town to win a tournament game again. Since their Final Four run in 2007 they have yet to reach the Sweet Sixteen  or farther.

3/22/13   |   Scott   |   54594 respect

I'm quickly becoming the Georgetown of bracket picking.  Great regular season of picking winners and then one and done when the tournament begins

3/22/13   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7444 respect

My brackets are now officially serving another purpose...kitty litter.

Although my final two teams are still in this thing.

3/22/13   |   richard_cranium   |   17683 respect

(Edited by richard_cranium)

I would normally be mad about losing 2 Elite 8 teams in the first round. But I just looked at the leader board and of the 13 people currently ahead of me in points, 7 of them have lost one of their Final Four and a couple had G-town winning it all.

3/22/13   |   Jess   |   35092 respect

Scott wrote:
Speaking of Florida Gulf Coast.  How hard would it be for a tech to put that team in our system so we can get a game center up and running for Sunday's game?

Not hard at all - I don't even have to find a tech to do it :)

3/22/13   |   Scott   |   54594 respect

Jess wrote:
So apparently I had Florida Gulf Coast as beating Georgetown in the Mascot bracket because I liked their mascot's name (Azul) over the Hoyas (Jack). Go me.

Speaking of Florida Gulf Coast.  How hard would it be for a tech to put that team in our system so we can get a game center up and running for Sunday's game?

3/22/13   |   Jess   |   35092 respect

(Edited by Jess)

So apparently I had Florida Gulf Coast as beating Georgetown in the Mascot bracket because I liked their mascot's name (Azul) over the Hoyas (Jack). Go me.

3/22/13   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21521 respect

It's been alot of upsets today.  Georgetown proved once again that they can't win the big games when it counts.  No matter how good they were throughout the regular season, it wasn't enough...

3/22/13   |   Scott   |   54594 respect

It's a win/win for everybody.  Florida Gulf Coast ruins more brackets and we get two more days of Amanda Marcum, the wife of head coach Andy Enfield

3/22/13   |   Scott   |   54594 respect

Goodnight Hoyas.  Hello Cinderella

3/22/13   |   Scott   |   54594 respect

Georgetown looks awful.  Florida Gulf Coast is about to make it two straight years of a 15 seed knocking out a #2

3/22/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Well maybe a 15 going to take out a 2 yet this year!!!

3/22/13   |   Scott   |   54594 respect

Glad I got to the hotel in time to watch Illinois blow a 16 point half time lead.  This game looks to be a microcosm of the Illini season. They've just been unable to consistently play a 40 game

3/22/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Looking for the next 40 point upset... some teams have played like they don't belong in this tourney.....

3/22/13   |   Jess   |   35092 respect

:| Whoa

3/22/13   |   richard_cranium   |   17683 respect

Nice job of coaching by Bruce Weber of K-State. Down by 2 with 8.3 seconds left and you have a timeout. Of course you don't use the timeout to draw a play and try to tie or win the game!

3/22/13   |   Jess   |   35092 respect

marcus_nyce wrote:
I did, just riding the swag.

I did too! And I was just picking a good upset...no rhyme or reason.

3/22/13   |   marcus_nyce   |   27723 respect

Jess wrote:
Wow! My cup runneth over! (I swear I'm not being a smarta**) heartheartheartheart

And who had Ole Miss over Wisconsin?!

I did, just riding the swag.

3/22/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Finally it feels like March Madness as I channel flip between Cinci/Creighton and La Salle/Kansas State.

3/22/13   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25646 respect

I'm just giving money away today

3/22/13   |   Jess   |   35092 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Not true, quite a few of us crazies picked them, including  Clownie and Kat, and I believe Scott jumped on the crazy train.

Wow! My cup runneth over! (I swear I'm not being a smarta**) heartheartheartheart

And who had Ole Miss over Wisconsin?!

3/22/13   |   JenX63   |   33153 respect

Jess wrote:
haha, I heart you! I had to enter in an "expert" pick here because we're not allowed to win prizes anyway...but then I realized that I couldn't go back and check to see how my bracket was doing (without printing it out, which I wasn't going to do) so I filled out another one. I didn't pick them to win it all in my expert bracket but I did in my fun one. If they win it all and I can't accept my prize for picking them, it looks like you will get $100 AmEx card! (Pretty sure the two of us are the only ones here who picked them)

Not true, quite a few of us crazies picked them, including  Clownie and Kat, and I believe Scott jumped on the crazy train.

3/22/13   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25646 respect

who's excited right now? Probably this guy

3/22/13   |   Jess   |   35092 respect

JenX63 wrote:
I'm excited! A bunch of my picks are doing well! I also realized I am in way to many of these crazy bracket contests, can you believe I picked Gonzaga to win it all? (well here at least I did) Go Teams!

haha, I heart you! I had to enter in an "expert" pick here because we're not allowed to win prizes anyway...but then I realized that I couldn't go back and check to see how my bracket was doing (without printing it out, which I wasn't going to do) so I filled out another one. I didn't pick them to win it all in my expert bracket but I did in my fun one. If they win it all and I can't accept my prize for picking them, it looks like you will get $100 AmEx card! (Pretty sure the two of us are the only ones here who picked them)

3/22/13   |   JenX63   |   33153 respect

I'm excited! A bunch of my picks are doing well! I also realized I am in way to many of these crazy bracket contests, can you believe I picked Gonzaga to win it all? (well here at least I did) Go Teams!

3/22/13   |   marcus_nyce   |   27723 respect

All in on Marshall Henderson's swagnannigans. That's the only way I can describe it.

3/22/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Being in South Florida I am looking forward to see how Miami handles the NCAA tourney...

3/22/13   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25646 respect

my bets for the day:
Kansas St -6
Villanova +4.5
Miami -14
Duke -19.5
Notre Dame +1
UCLA +3

3/22/13   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25646 respect

how free money was that VCU line yesterday?
No love for the West coast teams yesterday as Oregon and Cal beat 5 seeds and CU and UCLA are underdogs today. Time for my Buffaloes to continue the good vibes and make the day sh*tty for Jess' friends

3/22/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Finally. Rock Chalk Jayhawk.