Thursday, March 20, 2008

Welcome to Bracketville--2.0

Welcome to Bracketville, Population 8

There is still some time left to get your bracket to me before noon Thursday. Join the Madness.

You can match wits with music biz luminaries Chuck Thagard, Tony Benken, Ted Wagner, Jay Thomas, Eddie Mascolo, MLB Scout extraordinaire Carl Moesche, and my high school pal Hardy Roberts.

Hardy is a member of Mensa and included all the RPIs on his entry (tab number 12 on the attached Excel sheet) as a public service…should you desire to tweak your picks before tip off tomorrow.

Pop quiz: Where is Drake located? Answer later on.

Davidson’s Stephen Curry has made 139 3-pointers this season; the most of anyone in the field of 64…his teammate Jason Richards leads the country in assist with 8.0 per game.

Butler has five returning starting seniors and made the Sweet 16 last year.

This is the first tournament appearance for Texas-Arlington. The team does not have a basketball arena or gym---they play their home games on a theater stage.

Texas A&M is the worst free-throw shooting team in the Big 12---they have no scorer in the Big 12’s Top twenty.

Oregon is going for its first title since 1939, when they won the first NCAA Men’s Tournament championship.

Kentucky and Marquette meet for the tenth time is NCAA Tournament history, the most of any two programs.

“Oregon State was 0-19 in Pac-10 play, and may have been worse than their record indicated.” ---John Feinstein, Washington Post.

The Drake Bulldogs are in Des Moines, Iowa.

St. Joe’s beat Xavier twice in one week.

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