Reporting R.J. Choppy
So, while you were watching boring things like the NFL Playoffs, the NBA Regular Season, and watching the Oscar’s (how do you do it?), I was taking in the 11pm West Coast Conference game between Santa Clara and Gonzaga.
Yes, I have a problem!
Let me do your homework for you. I’ve come up with a list of Upsets that WILL happen. By “will,” I mean probably not likely, but I’m going to stand at the top of Cowboys Stadium and shout to the world that I got them right if they come true.
Here we go:
St Mary’s OVER Memphis. Yes, i realize the Gaels have to get by Middle Tennessee St first, but I think that’s gonna happen. Either way, I think the winner of that “First Four” game has a really good chance to beat the Tigers. I love St Mary’s to make at least the Round of 32.
Minnesota OVER UCLA. Unless the O’Bannon brothers or Kevin Love or Bill Walton are walking through that tunnel, the fear of playing the Bruins just isn’t there. Ben Howland is squarely on the hot seat this year, and a loss to the Gophers could make that seat vacant. Tubby has rejuvenated a program that plays in a state that I’m convinced is still on loan from Canada, and they are a terrific rebounding team.
Belmont over Arizona. If Belmont coach Rick Byrd wasn’t pushing 80, he’d be the hottest Head Coaching name in College Hoops. I love how the Cats have rebounded from the uncertain times following the departure of Lute Olson, but I love me some Belmont.
Davidson OVER Marquette. I know what you’re going to say, “but, Choppy, Buzz Williams is like, Texas’ only connection to this Tourney.” I know, its sad that this is what its come to. Davidson is just as good as the Steph Curry team of a few years back, just without one of the games best shooters ever.
Cal OVER UNLV. This is a total shaft job by the committee. First, these 2 teams played this year, a 1 point UNLV win @Cal. Now, they play again, IN SAN JOSE! UNLV is the 5 seed, they shouldn’t be playing a road game vs a 12. They are. Cal pulls the upset.
Ole Miss OVER Wisconsin. Marshall Henderson just won’t go away. So good, so annoying. He will stick his tongue out after nearly every made 3-pointer, pop the jersey, taunt the other team with the Gator Chomp, and do just about everything short of the throat slit. Oh, BTW, he went to L.D. Bell HS.
There you go! Stick with these picks and you’re sure to win your bracket. Or, at least finish 2nd to last…
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