It’s time for weekend number two of three in this year’s March Madness! Tonight features battles in the East and West Regionals – including Big Ten action from Wisconsin, Michigan State, and of course your Ohio State Buckeyes.
The LiveBlog will kickoff around 7:00 PM EST to get you squared away for the first game between Wisconsin and Syracuse (7:15 PM). The Buckeyes follow up that game at 9:45 pm on CBS, while the West regional matchups will occur on TBS starting at 7:45 PM.
This round of the BBN LiveBlogs are brought courtesy of the great team at Fresh Brewed Tees- particularly if you’re a fan of Cleveland sports, you’ve got to have one of their WINdians or Browns shirts in your wardrobe. Although, come to think of it, this one is a bit… uh… dated.
If you find time during the games, you should check out our friends in the Buckeye Bloggers Network! the Buckeye Blog, OSU Silver Bullet, Buckeye House Call, Our Honor Defend, and Men of the Scarlet and Gray. Fox Sports Ohio also joins us as usual.
In the calm before the storm… it’s midweek mayhem.
The rest of the week will be dedicated to hoops, particularly the matchup with folks from Cincy, but I thought I’d drop a little mascot knowledge on you. While that thing above may technically be a “bearcat”, I’m still convinced that the official team name should be “UChickFilAs.” According to some, it’s a version of a wolverine found in Asia, so strike two. And finally, the pajamas… with stripes… like the Bengals, but not like a bearcat. Ah well- if you want good UC coverage, you’ll need to go to the source.
The Scoops In Hoops
All of this pain, it multiples by 50 when you see a player like Robbie Hummel break down.
His career, his unbelievable and shining career at Purdue has come to an end. All of those clutch shots, all of those hustle plays, they’re all memories from now on.
But those memories have left a legacy on a program that needed something. Purdue Basketball NEEDED something to re-energize it.We were blessed to have #4 for FIVE years. We didn’t make it to any Final Fours, we didn’t win any National Championships…but we didn’t have to.
We won SO MUCH more than a trophy in the last five years at Purdue. We won excitement, memories, moments. Those stand the test of time, you can’t put that on a trophy.
What an amazing first two rounds of college basketball action. In case you missed it, the State of Ohio is the State of College Hoops- sending 4 teams to the Sweet Sixteen is the first for a state in the history of the tourney.
When the Buckeyes and Bearcats tip off in Boston next Thursday at 9:45 pm, it will be their first meeting in the tournament since the 1961 and 1962 championship games, both won by UC. You may recognize some of the names from those teams: John Havlicek and Jerry Lucas were Buckeye stars, Bobby Knight was a reserve on the ’60-61 squad; Oscar Robertson had just put the Bearcat program on the map.
So, this next weekend looks to be yet another great set of matchups- and for those playing in the BBN Bracket Challenge, hope still lives on. That’s right, each round holds more possible points; so just because you’ve fallen to the back of the pack thus far, it’s not over by a longshot.
That being said, HUGE kudos to the three entries who sit atop the leaderboard after the first week’s chaos. In fact, we’ve got a great bonus prize package from the folks at Wheat Thins (no, you can’t be in their commercial) to help Mercutioh, keithj, and Tyler enjoy this week’s games and to talk smack and check stats while at work. Check it out:
For the rest of us, we’ll just have to refer to the handy guide that Wheat Thins put together if we have to work during Thursday and Friday’s matchup. As awesome as the coverage is across the Buckeye Bloggers Network, you can’t exactly read it while you’re supposed to be filling out your TPS reports.
Again, great weekend of sports behind us- great one yet ahead. Please show some love to the Wheat Thins folks by “liking” them over on the Book of Face. They’re giving away some Final Four tickets, where you can possibly watch at least three of the for teams from the Buckeye State square off for the title.
But not UC- their dance ends in Boston. Go Bucks!!
There ain’t no thunderstorm bright enough, ain’t no rain storm long enough, ain’t no computer smart enough –to keep me from helping you weaklings! Week 1 is in the books, and though I finished sub .500 in the first week of our picks, I am spry and ready to prove that Week two is my week!
Okay, so finishing 4-5 wasn’t so bad in our first round of games. Considering TCU was a lock ( son of a). Notre Dame never loses in week one right?? (Fight this Irish) I thought Ducks fly together? I guess not when you spread em’ out in Dallas.
Breakdown of Week 1:
So just how ugly was it in the very first analysis for our panel? If your name starts with an E and ends with @tBBC then you’re smilin’ this week. If you’re the dope that writes this article, then you are just happy you tied the computer! Apparently anyone named Joe is a week 1 WEAKLING. Here is a look at this week’s results.
Experts (David Fox/Yahoo!): 7-2
Joe D: 4-5
Joe L 3-6
Props going to David Fox, for boldly picking Baylor over the favored Horned Frogs. He said it in the interview, this defense has a lot of work to do. Fox’s only lost came from Notre Dame and Oregon.
Eric went toe-for-toe, but chose TCU instead of Baylor. Let’s just say he has been wishing bad things upon the Bears all week. Don’t worry Eric, the whole panel was. The Bulls and Bears swept the panel in week 1. Eric says this is a true sign from the football gods that TCU belongs in the Big East.
And well, with the Irish, we are used to this by now aren’t we?
The panel got back on track with sweep wins by selecting Oklahoma over Tulsa and Mizzou over Miami (OH).
Week Two Analysis:
Speaking of those Wacos, this week’s guest writer Lisa Horne of Fox Sports.com and I discuss Big Ten and SEC expansion and the Big 12′s role in it to open things up. Lisa then helps us break down Michigan/ND (EWW), Arizona State/Missouri, Auburn/Mississippi State and Wisconsin/Oregon State with us. A very solid interview with Lisa, as she brings us her great football knowledge. And yes, she chose Michigan, but what else was she supposed to do? Take Notre Dame?
Now it’s time to get to the Games!
The Big East has a lot of ranked teams this year, to say the least, and some believe that the conference will have as many as 10 teams in the NCAA Tournament come March. While the debate will rage on about the true strength of the Big East, it is fairly certain that the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Cincinnati Bearcats will be two of the teams from the conference on the periphery of the conversation at the end of the season, trying to make their case that they are worthy of being included in the Big Dance. This pair of unranked teams faced each other over the past weekend, hoping to improve their stock and take a step forward in the conference standings among their more formidable brethren.
It was a packed house at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati, as the fans turned out to welcome back Bob Huggins one more time. Huggy hasn’t changed too much since his time in the Nasty Natty by all appearances, but the Bearcat program he left behind has certainly experienced a decline in stature. The Bearcats have had some decent squads and some decent players come through since Huggins left in 2005, but have not made a trip to the NCAA Tournament since their former coach moved on (or more accurately, was moved on).
This year’s Cincinnati team has shown some promise of finally getting back to the postseason showcase, but a strong early season record is starting to look a bit misleading in the light of recent losses. Saturday’s contest ultimately resulted in another loss for the Bearcats, only their fourth on the season, but likely a preview of things to come as Big East play rolls along. Saturday’s final was a 66-55 tally in favor of WVU, a score that to some extent reflects the grind-it-out, ugly style that Huggins seems to have perfected. Read More