Sunday, March 15, 2009

Marquette and Wisconsin Will Both Lose on Friday

I can't believe we are just three weeks away until "One Shining Moment" is back in our lives. As in, the song that plays at the end of CBS's NCAA Tournament coverage. A montage in which I once spent a whole afternoon watching old clips of on YouTube while at my old job. And I wonder why that didn't work out.

Regardless, it's just around the corner, as are the two greatest days in the sporting world. Obviously, I'm talking about the first round of what we like to call March Madness, in which thirty-two of the best basketball games of the season will be played this Thursday and Friday. If you are a guy, or one of those girls that likes sports a little too much, it's basically a sin if you don't take these two days off and watch the games at my parent's house with me. 

Here are the matchups if for some reason you haven't seen them yet. Here's the link to The Bucky Channel's Bracket Challenge, where you can sign up for free and compete for prizes. I think the top three teams are going to at least get T-shirts, but that means I have to actually, you know, make T-shirts (which will also be for available for sale!)

Both of our teams, Wisconsin and Marquette, play on Friday night in Boise, Idaho. I don't know how that town is going to deal with having actual sporting events (Boise State Football doesn't count, blue turf is a joke), but I don't think our teams are going to come home happy. In the East bracket, #12 Wisconsin will take on #5 Florida State, while in the West bracket, #6 Marquette will be matched up against #11 Utah State. Neither are good matchups, in my opinion.

Marquette obviously has the better chance to advance, but I decided about two weeks ago that I was picking Utah State no matter who they were playing and no matter what seed they were. Even if Utah State isn't as good as I think they are, Marquette is 1-5 since James' injury, and while they have played tough, I just don't think they have anything left to give.

Even though Wisconsin kind of sucks this year, it was pretty much assumed they'd make the tournament no matter what. Although apparently they were one of the last ones in. Because of, you know, the suckiness. How bad do you have to be to get a 12 seed as a member of a major conference? Well, the Badgers are that bad, and even though they are in that sacred 5/12 matchup, the only upset they will pull is if they don't lose by more than 20 points. I guess it's a good thing they won't have to face the Seminoles punter.

We'll post the times when we know them, and again we'll have a sort-of live blog thing going on Thursday and Friday. All you have to do is make sure you get off work for these two days, because they truly are two of the greatest days of the year.

Unless you're a Northwestern fan, because they've never been to the tournament!


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