It's Saturday of March Madness and moving day at the Bridgestone, so a lot is going on in the next nine hours. Let's dive into it shall we....
West Virginia vs. Duke - Of course Duke is the only game today featured alone to the nation, but some would consider it the game of the day. I think after the Belmont experience, Duke is going to crush West Virginia, but that's just me. After that bad shooting performance, look for Paulus and company to maybe actually shoot a three through the orange circle.
Kansas State vs. Wisconsin - Ahhh, a "bite on it, please" Vegas game. Everyone is looking at K-State, which always scares me. I think Wisconsin goes to the Sweet 16, even if I can't name anyone on their team.
Purdue vs. Xavier - Look at me, I'm one of those guys that only picks favorites! Xavier smokes the bowl on this one.
Tiger Woods vs. Field - Sure, Tiger isn't leading, but that is because Saturday hasn't ended yet. Geoff Ogilvy hasn't made a bogey yet this week, so look for the bogey-bug to bite as Tiger pulls his red shirt out of the dresser tomorrow as the leader.
Notre Dame vs. Washington State - I would consider myself a decently smart guy, up until I picked Winthrop to upset the Cougars on Thursday. Tied at half, Washington State bested Winthrop by 31 (31!) in the second half. Washington State is like quicksand - once you start sinking to this team, you have no chance of coming back. I'm going Washington State mainly because I don't think Notre Dame is that good.
Marquette vs. Stanford - CBS just did a "feature" on the Lopez twins, and after watching it, I now think less about the educational value of a Stanford degree. If Marquette can actually knock down a few jumpers inside the three-point line (those are actually called mid-range jumpers), I think they win in a close one.
(Disclaimer - I know nothing about what I'm talking about.)
UNLV vs. Kansas - Ummm, next?
Michigan State vs. Pitt - You couldn't ask for a better second round game. One team always plays above their potential in the tourney, and the other is probably the hottest non-one seed in the dance. I think Pitt wins, unless that Drew Neitzel guy goes ape shit from outside the arc. Please Pitt, I need you so much right now.
Texas A&M vs. UCLA - I made a comment about people staying extremely loyal to their conference or region, and this was exemplified to perfection this morning as my buddy Rusty called from College Station. He said at the bars last night, all the Aggie fans were saying, "Well, Texas beat UCLA earlier this year and the Aggies beat Texas so they could really hang." I back up any argument with this by saying - "Yeah, my dad was taller than me five years ago, so he will probably always be taller than me no matter what because nothing in the world ever changes." Look for UCLA to get pounded tonight because of above theory (I'm a little confused, I'm not gonna lie).
Miami Heat vs. Charlotte - Can someone please find the over/under on this game? 125? 130?