Congratulations to the UConn Huskies, winner of their fourth national championship Monday night with a 60-54 victory over Big Blue Nation and the Kentucky Wildcats in Arlington Texas.
Following a season where the Huskies were ineligible for post-season play due to APR/Academic issues, the upperclassman who stayed with the program earned their second title in four years, and brought a sense of redemption to UConn. Led by UConn alumni Kevin Ollie, who inherited the program following Jim Calhoun’s retirement, the Huskies went from a team that struggled in their opener against St. Joseph’s to knocking off the “team of destiny” from Lexington.
Calipari’s starters are expected to announce for the NBA in the coming days, similar to the squad that won the title for UK in 2012. Rumors are also swirling that Calipari himself may be headed to The League, as the future coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. If you’ve followed Calipari’s career and are a WildKat fan, you’ve got to hope beyond hope that he stays, as programs he leaves tend to have visits from the NCAA soon thereafter.
So, congrats to the Huskies, who look to see their undefeated women’s team double dip on Tuesday night when they face the also undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Should Coach Auriemma’s team win, it will be the second time that both titles have ended in Connecticut in the same year… no other team has even done it once.
Fear not, UK faithful- The Yankees’ season just began and the Miami Heat look solid this year as well. And then you get to live vicariously through the successes of your SEC brethern… the same ones who hate you all during hoops season.
In our Yahoo! Challenge, Ryan had it all sewn up on Saturday, correctly picking Kentucky and Florida in the Final Four. Huge kudos also go to Kris, who had the most correct picks, but not the most points per our scoring system. Ryan wins the great prize package from The Buckeye Room, Fresh Brewed Tees, and Mekka Don, and you’ll be hopefully reading his thoughts in this space in the near future.
This year’s tBBC Bragging Rights go to Ken, who blew the rest of us out of the water at… wait for it… 21st place. Proud. Your humble correspondent finished in dead last, right behind a staffer who was too busy with his dissertation to spend more than a few minutes filling out his bracket.
Huge thanks go to our friend Bacon Ninja for keeping me from having the lowest score of the people I talk to regularly. Oh, and that 8 year old that finished in the running for our bowl challenge? Ninth place.
Thanks again for participating, and look for our next contest sometime in mid-August as we get ready for the 2014-15 season to kick off. Remember, we’ll be livechatting the Ohio State spring game this Saturday afternoon… see you then!
Since it’s April Fool’s Day, it totally makes sense to look at the clown show that is most of our brackets.
There’s a real possibility that the “Conference full of fans who like to prove they can spell three letter words” will have the only two teams with a basketball pulse in the finals on Monday; be prepared for a lot of reciprocal couch burning from Vanderbilt and Missouri backers.
Even worse? A Bo Ryan team may cut down the nets when it’s all over. Insert Tom Crean “that doesn’t mean they’ve won” joke here.
In the Yahoo! group, we’ve got a two way tie at the top, with Hunter and Kris right up there with 77 points.
However, there are a lot of points still on the table, and at least two former champions have the possibility of winning it all yet again. But, if Florida doesn’t win it all… all bets are off.
Ken is leading our tBBC in house competition… and that’s all that matters. Let’s pay no attention to the names at the very bottom of the list, shall we??
Stay tuned this weekend for our last livechats of the hoops season… See you then!
Well, the past four days certainly lived up to the “Madness” legacy, didn’t they?
Indianapolis hosts Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, and Louisville… That’s got to be a scalper’s dream scenario, right?
Huge upsets, surprise teams moving on to the next round, and favorites being pushed to the wire across all of the regions.
And yet, there’s still that one guy who will have his final four all still alive that will want to talk about it for the next four days… man, I hate that guy. <is actually that guy>
Let’s take a quick look at our Yahoo! contest to see how
awfully amazingly each of our participants are doing thus far. Also, this will hopefully make Kevin stop emailing me to rub it in.
Yup, our graphic whiz Kevin Dearth was in first place until Sunday’s games… but today, Grant stands atop the leader board (I’m not giving you lots of money, but will buy you dinner when you’re out here next). As an interesting note- the 8 year old that won our Bowl Picks contest is only sitting four points behind the leader. So… yeah.
Charles had an amazing first round and early second round for tBBC Staff Bragging Rights, and still is on top of our insider’s bracket, even if he’s fallen behind his initial glory. Jason’s the only reason that your humble correspondent isn’t dead last… thanks, bro!
Even though the Buckeyes aren’t moving on this coming weekend, we’ll be still watching closely to see what happens next. Stay tuned to tBBC for weekend livechats and all your Scarlet and Gray updates.
Let’s be honest… you’ve already started on your excuses for next week. Thursday and Friday should absolutely be a national holiday from work, since most of us don’t get anything accomplished anyway. Ah, the beautiful Madness!
Sure, the Buckeyes have a game or four to win before Sunday’s brackets are released and the Big Dance begins… but it’s never too early to get your hilarious entry name locked and loaded for this year’s challenge!
While bragging rights are always a fantastic incentive, we’ve got a great prize package from our great sponsors, including your chance to pen a guest post here at the mothership. Heck, Ken had so much fun that he decided to stick around.
Here are the details that you need for the 2014 edition of the showdown- as a reminder, the Yahoo! Investigative team hasn’t visited Columbus since we switched over to their Fantasty services. You’re welcome, Buckeye Nation.
To sign up, hit up this link and use the ID/password below:
Pool ID#: 43246
Good luck, and Go Bucks!
The news broke last week that tonight would be a very special game for Ohio State… as if the hoops version of The Game needed any extra attention.
With the Wolverines, Spartans, and Badgers all falling over the past week, tonight’s matchup against That Team Up North has extra importance- A win by the Buckeyes would certainly go a long way at getting them back into the heat of the B1G Conference title race.
So, what better opportunity for the Scarlet and Gray to break out the hoops version of the “Pro Combat” uniforms- special threads that are part throwback (in style) and part future (fabric and fit).
And, if you’re like many fans, you’re going to want to add a set to your collection. Our friends at The Buckeye Room have got you connected… but there’s a limited number, so you’d better move fast.
While you’re there, you can also add to your “Beat Blue” gear with a full sized “chrome” helmet, similar to the one that Carlos Hyde* imbedded in Wolverine defenders for the past two seasons.
They’re obviously great partners with us, and you can join the Buckeye Room’s VIP list by subscribing to their email list for daily deals… I got a new hat for my birthday recently.
Will you be able to be as dreamy as Aaron Craft? Unpossible… but the Buckeye Room will keep you geared up for your pick up games, tailgating adventures, and trips to the ‘Shoe.
Check ‘em out, and Go Bucks!!
*El Guapo not included
It’s been a while since our friend Kevin Dearth has graced our pages with a new wallpaper for your desktop or laptop… or to sneak onto the tablet of the office Wolverine. Luckily, though, he’s got a couple of things today to fix that situation… and something more in the works.
First up, a look back and forward at this year’s newest members of the Ohio State Family:
Two weeks ago, the staff here at The Buckeye Battle Cry expanded by one new writer. Well, not necessarily NEW, but it’s one more writer than there was in 2013.
My name is Jeff, and I founded this website back in 2006. I’ll be rejoining the gang here for a weekly article (probably more than that over time. Baby steps to the elevator, baby steps to the door.)
This morning, my duty was to write an article – my choice. For some reason, they treat me well. They allow me to write whatever I choose.
But therein lies the problem I face as I put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, whatever).
You see, I couldn’t find a topic to write about this week. The people I brought in to run this website (and the people who they brought on to add further growth) have done such an amazing job that I cannot find a subject that they do not have under control.
When I began this website, it was strictly about football and basketball. I didn’t cover wrestling or women’s basketball, barely touched recruiting, only mentioned TBDBITL on occasion. All of those are now staples of tBBC experience.
It’s been nearly four years since I last roamed the proverbial sidelines here at tBBC, and every day I am impressed with how far this site has come.
So for today, allow me to pay tribute to the men and women that run The Buckeye Battle Cry. They are the ones that bring you amazing coverage of The Ohio State University. I’m just lucky to have them around. Thanks for having me back.
Enjoy, and Go Bucks!
- Jeff Seemann, founder – The Buckeye Battle Cry