Days of Whine and Neurosis

Sunday, March 27, 2005

The Final Four Is Set!

The best time of the year keeps getting better. March Madness, Baby!

After a couple of thrilling games it comes down to UNC Vs. Michigan State and Illinois Vs. Louisville. Both will be great match-ups. My pool is completely shot. I had UNC, Syracuse, Oklahoma State, and Georgia Tech making up the fearsome foursome, with UNC taking out Ok. St. in the finals. Not to be. The only good call I made was West Virginia getting to the Elite Eight (and they were sssssoooooo close to beating Louisville, if not for a late collapse). And speaking of collapses, how about Arizona! Yikes! This will mark the first time in 4 years that I don’t finish in the money. This too shall pass.

I’m hoping for a UNC Vs. Illinois final. The game would be an awesome display of offensive firepower, and I think the final score would be something like 86-81. At this point I’m 50/50 on who I want to win the big dance, but I think I’ll root for Illinois if they get there. Both teams, however, will have a war on their hands to get to the finals. I think UNC will have a tougher match-up. Tom Izzo will have his boys ready to take care of business, and if UNC lets Mich. St. dictate the pace of the game it will be over before it starts. I think that Illinois can run Louisville out of the gym, unless Pitino’s nasty press can slow down the Illini. But, I just don’t see that happening because everyone on IL can handle the ball.

I was in Vegas once for March Madness. If you’re a college hoops fan, that’s an experience you must take advantage of at least once.

On the Bschool tip, there’s not much to do but wait. I’m strategizing on the “what ifs,” but that’s about it.