NCAA Sleepers And Miami’s Quest For 33 Straight
We are back to our normal blog format from here on out.Hope the tournament schedules the past few days helped you guys out.We are all fired up for the Tournament to start.Last year my fiance put out a missing persons report for me when she didn’t see me for nearly 3 weeks.Since we last left you there was plenty of stuff going on in the NFL as well.The Panthers signed..yeah never mind.We are all looking forward to the Drayton Florence era to begin though.
NCAA Sleepers: Keep in mind while reading this that in the last 4 office pools here at CBS Radio I finished 29th, 31st, 30th, and 25th.This is my year though! Here is one possible upset for each region to keep an eye on.
Midwest: Middle Tennessee State/St Marys winner over Memphis. I touted Memphis a few weeks back but their loss to Xavier scared me away. Plus I’m not sure how battled tested they are after playing in CUSA.I think the winner of the opening round game has a great chance to beat Memphis.
West: Belmont over Arizona. I know, I know. Belmont seems to be a trendy pick each year.I think the Bruins have a match up they can win this year.I have not been high on Arizona this year.Solomon Hill will be the best player on the court but I think Belmont upsets them and gets to the 3rd round
South: Florida Gulf Coast over Georgetown.This one is a long shot but we did see two 15 seeds fall in a 4 hour span last year. IF it were to happen this season this is probably the choice. FGCU knocked off Miami earlier in the season and Georgetown has been knocked out by double digit seeds four times in the JT3 era.Tough to pull the trigger on a 15 over a 2 but this game will be a lot closer than expected
East: Bucknell over Butler.I love Brad Stevens and I think its remarkable that he got to back to back title games in 2010 and 2011.Its a little tougher though when your the hunted and I haven’t been sold all year that Butler was poised to make a long run this year.Bucknell has done it before and I think they will oust Butler in the 2nd round.
Miami’s Steak Continues: Despite Jeff Green of the Celtics dropping 43 last night the Heat rallied from 17 down in the first half to win 105-103.Its the 23rd win in a row for Miami and it is now the second longest winning streak of all time behind the 71-72 Lakers.LeBron had 37 points and 12 assists.There were reports on twitter last night that the Heat had a loud celebration in the locker room after the win.What does that tell you? The Heat want this record and they know they can reach it. A quick look at the schedule and I truly believe they can get to 33 and beyond.The 3 games that could be problematic are at Chicago, at San Antonio, and the Knicks at home.NY beat the Heat by 20 twice earlier in the year but are starting to fade.It appears to me that “game 30″ at San Antonio could be the only thing that stops them.I know its the NBA and sometimes teams just lose out of nowhere.However,the Heat are going all in every game right now while other teams are resting guys or are just way out of the playoff chase.Take a look for yourself at who they have to beat to get there.
Game 24 at Cleveland
Game 25 vs Detroit
Game 26 vs Charlotte
Game 27 at Orlando
Game 28 at Chicago
Game 29 at New Orleans
Game 30 at San Antonio
Game 31 vs New York
Game 32 at Charlotte
Game 33 vs Philly
Game 34 vs Milwaukee
Mac Attack Guests: Duke assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski at 815, State asstiant Bobby Lutz at 9, and Temple Head Coach Fran Dunphy at 930