Tuesday, March 13, 2007


Here's the schedule for the first round of the 2007 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament!

THU 3/15
12:20 PM
13 Davidson Wildcats (29-4)
4 Maryland Terrapins (24-8)
12:25 PM
10 Texas Tech Red Raiders (21-12)
7 Boston College Eagles (20-11)
12:40 PM
11 Stanford Cardinal (18-12)
6 Louisville Cardinals (23-9)
2:40 PM
14 Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (23-10)
3 Washington State Cougars (25-7)
2:40 PM
12 Old Dominion Monarchs (24-8)
5 Butler Bulldogs (27-6)
2:45 PM
15 Belmont Bruins (23-9)
2 Georgetown Hoyas (26-6)
3:00 PM
14 Pennsylvania Quakers (22-8)
3 Texas A&M Aggies (25-6)
5:00 PM
11 George Washington Colonials (23-8)
6 Vanderbilt Commodores (20-11)
6:10 PM
11 Virginia Commonwealth Rams (27-6)
6 Duke Blue Devils (22-10)
7:10 PM
16 Central Connecticut State Blue Devils (22-11)
1 Ohio State Buckeyes (30-3)
7:20 PM
9 Michigan State Spartans (22-11)
8 Marquette Golden Eagles (24-9)
7:25 PM
15 Weber State Wildcats (20-11)
2 UCLA Bruins (26-5)
9:30 PM
9 Xavier Musketeers (24-8)
8 Brigham Young Cougars (25-8)
9:30 PM
14 Wright State Raiders (23-9)
3 Pittsburgh Panthers (27-7)
9:40 PM
16 Eastern Kentucky Colonels (21-11)
1 North Carolina Tarheels (28-6)
9:45 PM
10 Gonzaga Bulldogs (23-10)
7 Indiana Hoosiers (20-10)
FRI 3/16
12:15 PM
13 Albany Great Danes (23-9)
4 Virginia Cavaliers (20-10)
12:25 PM
10 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (20-11)
7 UNLV Runnin' Rebels (28-6)
12:30 PM
15 North Texas Mean Green (23-10)
2 Memphis Tigers (30-3)
1:50 PM
10 Creighton Bluejays (22-10)
7 Nevada Wolf Pack (28-4)
2:35 PM
11 Winthrop Eagles (28-4)
6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (24-7)
2:35 PM
12 Long Beach State 49ers (24-7)
5 Tennessee Volunteers (22-10)
2:45 PM
15 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (26-6)
2 Wisconsin Badgers (29-5)
4:55 PM
14 Miami-Ohio Redhawks (18-14)
3 Oregon Ducks (26-7)
6:20 PM
9 Purdue Boilermakers (21-11)
8 Arizona Wildcats (20-10)
6:25 PM
13 New Mexico State Aggies (25-8)
4 Texas Longhorns (24-9)
7:10 PM
16 Niagara Purple Eagles (22-11)
1 Kansas Jayhawks (30-4)
7:10 PM
12 Illinois Fighting Illini (23-11)
5 Virginia Tech Hokies (21-11)
8:30 PM
13 Holy Cross Crusaders (25-8)
4 Southern Illinois Salukis (27-6)
8:40 PM
16 Jackson State Tigers (21-13)
1 Florida Gators (29-5)
9:30 PM
9 Villanova Wildcats (22-10)
8 Kentucky Wildcats (21-11)
9:45 PM
12 Arkansas Razorbacks (21-13)
5 USC Trojans (23-11)

Why are there so many East Coast schools playing late games (Villanova, Holy Cross, Kentucky, Florida, Pitt, NC)? And who put Stanford on at 9 AM on the West Coast?

The Monday after Selection Sunday has officially become "Bracket Bitching Day". I just heard Jim Boeheim whining on ESPN Radio (he was also on WFAN, and god knows where else), saying that he doesn't understand why they didn't get a bid. He was defending all of Syracuse's non-conference home games, saying "Football doesn't make as much money as it used to, so we schedule home games to generate more revenue." Exactly. They chose money over decent competition. That's why you're not in the NCAA tourney, and you're in the NIT (who didn't even give you a #1 seed)! You're not making any new fans by complaining to every major media outlet, you asshat. You'd probably lose in the first round anyway.

If Villanova didn't make it, I would have said that they should have won more games. Period. But let's face it: if there was a clear cut criteria for getting into the tournament, sports talk radio would have nothing to bitch about. How about you talk about the matchups instead, you assclowns? (Since I'm an alumni I might be a little biased, but Villanova being a #9 means that they consider #4 Southern Illinois, #5 USC, #5 Butler, and #7 BC to be significantly better teams--I'm not seeing it. They should have gotten a #7.)

By all accounts, K-State's Bob Huggins was drunk when they asked him on ESPN about not being selected. They thought he said "we don't have enough wins", but he actually said, "we don't have enough gin". Now THAT'S the way to go out.

Duke could easily lose to the Rams of Virginia Commonwealth University, but we'd still have to watch all those Coach K AmEx commercials, so it'd be like he never left. Central Connecticut are also the Blue Devils, which doesn't bode well for them.

For those who make their picks by nicknames, in 2007 the Wildcats lead the way with 5 (Arizona, Davidson, Kentucky, Villanova, Weber State), followed by 2 Bruins, (Belmont, UCLA), 2 Bulldogs (Butler, Gonzaga), 2 Golden Eagles (Marquette, Oral Rob), 2 (regular) Eagles (BC, Winthrop), 1 Purple Eagles (Niagara), 2 Tigers (Jackson State, Memphis), 2 Cougars (BYU, Washington State), and 2 Blue Devils (CCSU, Duke), and only 1 Mean Green (N. Texas). We also have the Cardinal playing the Cardinals, and the Wildcats playing the Wildcats, which will lead to some confusing cheers.

How did Texas A&M Community College get in there? (Oh, that stands for Corpus Christi. Never mind.)

Apparently, the NCAA went back to naming the regions "Midwest", "East", "West" and "South", without telling anyone ahead of time. That's annoying for the graphic designers on all the major sports websites who designed their brackets with the city names on it instead.

What is the point of the local news break at around 6 PM during the first round of the NCAA tourney? Maybe to give you time to get some dinner, take a shit, walk the dog, or make a beer run? Does anyone seriously give a crap about the news at that point?

Ohio State and Florida could play each other for the national championship, just like they did in football. Has that ever happened in the same school year? Have we asked this question before? I think we have, and decided it probably hasn't.

BTW, I've got my VIP pass and I'm looking forward to the March Madness Online, since they upgraded my work computer with WMP 9.0. It had better work or I am tearing into IT on Thursday . . .