*Dayton's President knows the score - Dr. Death or whatever his name is was photographed crowd-surfing through The Ghetto after Dayton beat Syracuse on Saturday. THIS IS WHAT MARCH MADNESS IS ALL ABOUT, PEEPS! That is ELITE. I am not a fan of the Flyers but I'm glad that they aren't taking their tournament run for granted. This is a big deal. You should celebrate it.
*Jim Boeheim is the absolute fucking worst - I've long since held the opinion that Boeheim was a douche bag and should not be respected by anyone and he proved that point after their failure on Saturday when he refused to give the Flyers any credit at all and blamed his players for the loss. What a whiny little cunt he is. Any decent human being acknowledges the victor and pays respect. Not Jim. Fuck him hard.
*On the other hand, Coach K is all class - Yeah, I mean it. It would have been easy for him to have a pissy press conference and then go away. But he was a man about it, walked into the Mercer locker room, and congratulated them for their big win. He didn't have to do this. He did it because it was the right thing to do and he has integrity. You know, we all rag on Duke and Coach K for being elitist shitstains, but that move right there shows why ALL OF US should respect that program. We will never support them, mind you, but they are good people.
*That being said, that loss is on Coach K - I think it was Clark Kellogg who babbled something about how "live by the three, die by the three" is a farce. No, it isn't. If you rely on 23 foot jumpers to win, then you aren't going to win more than 1-2 games. It isn't something that can be sustained over long stretches. I have no idea why Duke didn't attack the rim on every possession on Friday but it is why they aren't playing anymore. You can't just chuck threes and expect to win a title.
*Dumbest play of the tournament - Easy. The kid on VCU fouling the Stone Cold Steve Austin shooter for the game-tying four point play. Sometimes, you can blame the coach for stupid decisions but I don't here. An overzealous defender doesn't all of a sudden turn Shaka Smart into Shaka Dumb (looking at you, RS).
*People forget that Bill Self is a loser - They really shouldn't do that. He does this almost every year. The guy was born to fail. Remember how 2014 was the greatest draft class ever? It may still end up being ELITE, but Wiggins, Parker, and Embiid now all of a sudden don't look so can't miss, eh?
*The foul calls are getting to be absurd - These games are taking FOREVER. On Friday night, UCLA didn't even tip off until 11:14! Something has to change here. I'm cool with getting rid of hand-checking but maybe move the one-and-one to nine fouls and the double bonus at 12. Free throw shooting has been atrocious anyway (looking at you, Mark Gottfried!).
*Steve Fisher is on the money - The San Diego State coach may look like a dead lesbian, but he nailed the NCAA to the wall on Thursday night. They were told that if they had lost to that ELITE NMSU giant, they were to go to the airport immediately and GTFO. Even though they would not get out of the arena until 2-3 AM EST, they would NOT be granted a hotel room on the NCAA. Fuck that. Way to be unnecessarily greedy and kudos to Fisher for calling them out. If you want 10 pm tip times, don't be niggardly with your never-ending bankroll and take care of the kids.
*So much for that dark horse - I told you after Jeff "Patriot" Orr got vilified for being an ELITE fan that OK State was a first round loss waiting to happen. Then the genius analysts kept telling us that they could go to the Final Four for some reason. They got their asses kicked by a dog shit Gonzaga squad. Go home, Marcus Dumb.
*Michigan and Michigan State might be the two best teams left - They are both playing really well but, then again, Rick Barnes is a worse coach than me. Also, did any of you pick Villanova to go farther than the Sweet Sixteen? If you did, may I ask why? You can't possibly have any explanation for that.
*Putting Aaron Craft into proper perspective - Twenty years from now, when we think back on Aaron Craft's college basketball years, it's going to be a very similar opinion to how we talk about Crystal Pepsi today. A lot of "LULZ what the fuck WAS that"?
*Well, that was the game of the year - Wichita State/Kentucky was fantastic from tip to buzzer. That is a FACT. What a great atmosphere and both teams playing balls to the wall. Yeah, Calipari scummed his was to victory and Julius Randle went HAM on America, but this should not discount ANYTHING that the Shockers accomplished this season. They are a great basketball team that was rewarded with a tough as fuck draw against a team that has finally figured it out. That's all. Someone had to lose. We all wanted it to be Seal. But there is nothing wrong about Louisville and Kentucky playing this week. NOTHING.
*Shut up, no one cares - Your bracket means nothing to everyone and you aren't even close to winning your contest anyway. Stop talking about it "being busted". The only time that you can complain is when NC State misses every goddamn free throw and it costs you actual money. GODDAMN YOU, WOLFPACK!
*About Iowa State - So sorry, Cyclones. I profess my deep love for your team and then Georges Niang breaks his goddamn foot. That's typical of me. I am such a mush. I assume that Carolina held on. Anything that happened after this game is not going to get analyzed just know that I'm rooting against Steve Alford. UPDATE: YES! "WE" DID IT! WHAT A FINISH! ATTACK OF THE CLONES!!! I haven't been this happy since Ron Simmons retweeted me on Saturday night! DAMN!
I don't know about you guys, but I'm basketballed out right now. I've been overloaded. I need a few days off before getting back into it. Either way, this tournament has been really fun so for (Saint Louis excluded OBVZ because they are ASS). I expect it to continue.