Saturday March Madness Open Thread

March Madness AND the weekend? Yes please! [Saturday NCAA Open Thread]

3/23/13 in NCAABB   |   Jess   |   32901 respect

Happy Weekend, sports fans! It's Saturday, and do we really care if what the weather is doing? It's March Madness!

Yesterday I went 12/16, and who can blame me for Georgetown or Kansas State? Let's see if we can do it again, shall we?

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No. 5 VCU vs. No. 4 Michigan
South Region, from Auburn Hills, MI
12:15pm on CBS
My Pick: I've gotta go with Michigan here, no real reason.

No. 6 Memphis vs. No. 3 Michigan State
Midwest Region, from Auburn Hills, MI
2:45pm on CBS
My Pick: Memphis in a little upset.

No.8 Colorado State vs. No. 1 Louisville
Midwest Region, from Lexington KY
5:15pm on CBS
My Pick: Poor Colorado State. I have Louisville picked to win it all in my "expert" bracket so why wouldn't I pick them? At least in this round...

No. 14 Harvard vs. No. 6 Arizona
West Region, from Salt Lake City, UT
6:10pm on TNT
My Pick: Harvard wasn't supposed to win their last game. I think they falter here.

No. 12 Oregon vs. No. 4 Saint Louis
Midwest Region, from San Jose, CA
7:10pm on TBS
My Pick: Was Oregon really that severely underrated? From the sounds of it, they were but I don't known that they have what it takes to beat Saint Louis. Guess what? I'm picking them for the upset anyway, because when you  live an hour outside of Eugene for 4 years, you can't help but get swept up into the Ducks madness.

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No. 6 Butler vs. No. 3 Marquette
East Region, from Lexington, KY
7:45pm on CBS
My Pick: Marquette

No. 9 Wichita State vs. No. 1 Gonzaga
West Region, from Salt Lake City, UT
8:40pm on TNT
My Pick: Even if my head is telling me one thing, my  heart won't let me pick against my guys. I won't act cocky and say the #1 seed should easily take the #9 seed, because let's face it - Gonzaga is a weak #1. At any rate, I hope they were just toying with us Thursday. GO ZAGS!

No. 12 California vs. No 4. Syracuse
East Region, from San Jose, CA
9:40pm on TBS
My Pick: Gotta go with Syracuse.

What do you think, do you agree with any of these? Who are your picks for today's games? Q it up here for Day 3 of March Madness!
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3/24/13   |   Jess   |   32901 respect

Scott wrote:
There were a lot of people predicting Gonzaga would be the first #1 seed to lose, except for me and Jess...LOL. I'm waiting for all these "I told you so" people to start downgrading Gonzaga as a #1 seed and how they were one of the "weakest" in tournament history, even though they went something like 28-2 during the regular season
(Edited by Jess)

Actually in my real bracket (the one I entered as "expert" because I'm not allowed to win) I don't think I had them going as far. Maybe I did, I don't remember, but I know I didn't have them going to the final. In my "goof around" bracket I had them winning it all, but it wasn't because I thought they actually would. I was just being a crazed fan. 

3/24/13   |   richard_cranium   |   17638 respect

Scott wrote:
There were a lot of people predicting Gonzaga would be the first #1 seed to lose, except for me and Jess...LOL. I'm waiting for all these "I told you so" people to start downgrading Gonzaga as a #1 seed and how they were one of the "weakest" in tournament history, even though they went something like 28-2 during the regular season

But the thing is that it is true, they probably should have been a 3 or 4 seed at best. They played a bunch of junior colleges and high schools. They played 3 tourney teams in their non conference schedule and lost to two of them, and the one they won was Kansas State. You are right calling them as the first #1 seed to lose really wasn't hard. All you had to do was realize that they were overrated and recognize they hadn't beaten anyone all year long. It is great for me when it comes to brackets, all the people that drank the kool-aid and took them past the Sweet Sixteen were just wasting their time and money and I will happily take it.

3/24/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Scott wrote:
There were a lot of people predicting Gonzaga would be the first #1 seed to lose, except for me and Jess...LOL. I'm waiting for all these "I told you so" people to start downgrading Gonzaga as a #1 seed and how they were one of the "weakest" in tournament history, even though they went something like 28-2 during the regular season

It already started. It's how things are now. If you lose, you suck. Doesn't matter how, which in this case was helped by some ridiculous threes Wichita State made at the end of the game. It's always more nuanced than that, but no one does nuance anymore.

3/24/13   |   Scott   |   49543 respect

richard_cranium wrote:
I am not an expert, but I did say they would be the first one seed to lose. I didn't think it would be till next week but it doesn't bother me in the least.

Also how did the guy in first in the bracket challenge get 80 points in the first round? I thought the max possible was 32.

There were a lot of people predicting Gonzaga would be the first #1 seed to lose, except for me and Jess...LOL. I'm waiting for all these "I told you so" people to start downgrading Gonzaga as a #1 seed and how they were one of the "weakest" in tournament history, even though they went something like 28-2 during the regular season

3/24/13   |   richard_cranium   |   17638 respect

Scott wrote:
Zags go down.  Let the "I told you so's" from the experts begin

I am not an expert, but I did say they would be the first one seed to lose. I didn't think it would be till next week but it doesn't bother me in the least.

Also how did the guy in first in the bracket challenge get 80 points in the first round? I thought the max possible was 32.

3/24/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Still bummed about Butler. They had chances at the end, but couldn't execute. Great, great game though. Game of the tournament so far.

3/23/13   |   Jess   |   32901 respect

This weekend sucks, sports wise. Stupid Ducks. Stupid Zags. I'm watching Psych now. For 99 hours.

3/23/13   |   Scott   |   49543 respect

Zags go down.  Let the "I told you so's" from the experts begin

3/23/13   |   Scott   |   49543 respect

Zags and Shockers are raining some 3's.  #1 trying to survive and advance

3/23/13   |   Jess   |   32901 respect

Can't...breathe...

I've been on Twitter for this game because...well...

3/23/13   |   Scott   |   49543 respect

12th seeded Ducks knock the Billikens and head to Indy to play Louisville in the Sweet Sixteen.  That should be a very entertaining matchup

3/23/13   |   Jess   |   32901 respect

and then they let a 3 through. *sigh*

3/23/13   |   Jess   |   32901 respect

Turnovers suck but they're better on the rebound today. 

3/23/13   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7047 respect


Russdiculous getting some NBA love.

3/23/13   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7047 respect

I hope we're all still saying "Poor Colorado State" tonight.  In honor of Russ Smith, Louisville fans are now calling Rupp Arena, "Russ Arena" b/c, like Ricky P says, he's Russdiculous.

3/23/13   |   Wards_Page   |   248 respect

Would love to see Harvard pull another upset. Even though Cinderellas bust people's brackets, they are what make this tournament so entertaining.

3/23/13   |   JenX63   |   31595 respect

(Edited by JenX63)

I will continue my non watching ways, since it seems to work. Go Teams (the ones I picked, not the other ones)
btw, I had Georgetown losing yesterday..sometimes it is good not to know stuff. :)