2006-03-12

Anticipating the Madness


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This is going to be a great NCAA Tournament - the field is wide open.

Overall top seed Duke came into the ACC tournament struggling. In advancing to ACC finals they've reinforced their #1 standing, but Carolina demonstrated that the Blue Devils are beatable.

The other team vying for #1, U Conn, exited the Big East tourney early and has also been shown to be vulnerable.

There just isn't a potential #1 seed that seems to be an iron-clad lock to reach the Final Four. Think Syracuse. Think Boston College. Think about a host of pesky mid-majors. More dangerous teams than ever will fill the brackets later today.

According to Mike and Mike a number of mid-majors will crash the party at the expense of major conference marginal teams. On the other hand, South Carolina is one game away from stealing a tourney berth from one of the hopefuls.

This must be a record: On the Duke-BC broadcast, we were less than a minute and a half into the game when Dick Vitale made his first "Robert Montgomery Knight" reference.

And yesterday Digger Phelps made his bid to become the Lee Corso of College Hoops with his assanine "I'd rather be a #2 than a #1 seed," speech. The point he was trying to make was that this year's 1-seeds are weaker than normal, which I agree with. He just chose a really dumb, nonsensical Corso-esque way to express that point.

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