I hope you all enjoyed my last post about traveling around Europe and I hope to return sometime soon! This post is going to be about this season and also the upcoming NCAA basketball tournament. I’m a pretty avid sports fan and watch a wide variety of different things and also like to enjoy them occasionally in my free time as well. For my audience around the world, you probably won’t care about this much but you may be interested if you like basketball!
Disclaimer: I might be a little biased because I am a Badger fan.
This is one of the best times of the year! Selection Sunday is just around the corner and the tournament is sure to dazzle us yet again this year. Last year Louisville stole the show with an easy draw in the final four (Wichita St.) who most people never even knew existed before last year, similar to Seahawks fans before Russel Wilson, Wisconsin says “you’re welcome.”
This year I think is going to be another year where there is no clear cut team and there will be a lot of balance in the field. A few of the top teams will make it far, maybe Florida, Louisville (again) Virginia, and Villanova. Big 10 teams I think will fare well but the tournament is all about match-ups, luck of the draw, and upsets. Kansas and Syracuse might be in a little bit of trouble with injuries and losing lately but Kansas might be in better shape than Syracuse or even Duke who has been stumbling lately. Wichita State will be the hot pick but they remind me of a St. Johns team from a few years back who beat no one the whole season and were vastly overrated (also a 1 seed). As usual, a lower seeded team like Memphis, Uconn, and possibly Baylor could make it far into the tournament as well but the field hasn’t been set yet so its hard to make predictions. Nebraska could be another sleeper team but they will have to play better away from home.
There will always be trendy picks for upsets and year after year we all listen to the ESPN bullshit that they feed us with and they continue to suck at everything named sports. I’m not telling you that you should fill out your bracket based on what I say but I’m definitely telling you not to watch or listen to the monopolistic, biased, money crazed ways of ESPN. They make their bias evident just by their coverage of mediocre teams like Kentucky. Last year some “experts” from ESPN predicted they would go undefeated and win the ship, what did they do you ask? Lost in the first round, OF THE NIT. The tournament for the biggest losers who didn’t make the big dance. AKA, Kentucky sucked D. This year is more of the same, and really hoping all of their top ten recruits with GPA’s below 2.0 go back to the NIT where they belong (they’ll make the tournament but will laugh when they get stomped by another mediocre team).
I want to be optimistic about this year and that Wisconsin can finally make it back to the elite 8 and have a chance to make it to the final four for the first time since 2000. They’ve made it to several sweet 16’s and one elite 8 back in 2005. The last time they had a high seed like they are projected this year was in 2008 and they lost to Davidson in the sweet 16. That was an incredibly disappointing tournament but that was also the day the Stephen Curry was put on the map after leading his team past a Michael Flowers led Wisconsin team.
Last year also wasn’t the best, they had a respectable regular season and beat several top 10 teams and fared well in the very competitive big 10. Wisconsin lost to Ole Miss and also the biggest POS in college basketball, Marshall Henderson, who was also found in possession of cocaine over the summer and several drug related incidents over the years, class act.
Bo Ryan hasn’t made a final four in his Division 1 tenure but this may be his year. One thing Bo does is produce results. You can’t argue with his record and also his success in the big 10 but the style of play hasn’t favored the badgers in the tournament. Fans always want more especially when there is success but its hard to keep getting better and better year after year. Consistently good is Bo’s model.
College basketball is unique to all of the other NCAA sports. It creates a few weeks of uncertainty, excitement, and you always find yourself taking sides and rooting for the underdog. Football is crappy because the system is so flawed. It will get a little better next year but will still be a little flawed because of bias from the selecting board for the 4 team playoff. Either way the tournament has a way of captivating a large audience for something that a lot of people don’t normally watch. Get ready, in a few weeks all hell will break lose and may the best team win that special 6 (or 7) games needed for the ship!
I’m always open to feedback and thoughts. Hope you enjoyed reading!