Wednesday, March 16, 2011

2011 NCAA Tournament Formerly Known as Round One

These are the Thursday match-ups I think could be the most entertaining.

Richmond vs. Vanderbilt

President Obama is taking the Spiders. As a guy that used to have season tickets to Vanderbilt, I'm hoping that doesn't happen. But Richmond is the most under-seeded team in the tournament. The Spiders won the Atlantic-10 tournament and beat Purdue earlier this season. I thought they should get an 8- or 9-seed. Tough draw for Vanderbilt. But if John Jenkins and Jeffery Taylor perform like they should, the Commodores will march on.

UC Santa Barbara vs. Florida

If Richmond is the most under-seeded team, Florida is most definitely the most over-seeded team. They won the regular season title in a mediocre SEC, and got blown out by Kentucky twice at the end of the season. Jim Rome called for this upset. I want to know if he was right.

Belmont vs. Wisconsin

A great shooting team vs. a team that scored 33 points in its last game. The Bruins should have knocked off Duke a few years ago. I imagine this is one of the most popular upset picks this March and with good reason.

Gonzaga vs. St John's

The Gonzaga Bulldogs have made their name as a double-digit seed advancing deep in the NCAA tournament. This isn't their best squad, but it has a favorable draw. The insertion of NBA legend John Stockton's son David has re-energized a team that was going nowhere. And now center Robert Sacre and forward Elias Harris are peaking. They face a Red Storm team with an injured star in DJ Kennedy. Here's to hoping the Zags pull off the upset.

What games are you wanting to see?


  1. When are you going to blog about Alabama's amazing victory over Coastal Carolina last night in the NIT?

  2. I'm not sure how I missed it. Must've been watching Celebrity Apprentice.