A native of the tiny town of Kennett, Missouri, Nail’s well-documented love of sports is a very close second to music in his heart, always rooting for teams that hail from his home state.
If Ohio State gets by the defensive juggernaut of Michigan State in Indianapolis, the Buckeyes absolutely deserve to head to the final BCS Championship Game of the BCS era regardless of what happens at the SEC Championship in Atlanta.
Last Saturday’s showdown on the Plains between Auburn and Georgia gave us a Hail Mary that will forever be replayed in the years ahead. While that game was finished up on South Carolina’s video board in Columbia, the Gamecocks had a tussle with the Florida Gators.
Outside of the last second stop by Mississippi State and Connor Shaw’s heroics, Week 9 in SEC featured a list of blowouts. Texas A&M beat Vanderbilt in a game of runs, and Alabama crushed a Tennessee team at home that was coming off a win over -then-#12 South Carolina.
Week 8 in the SEC was one full of joy and despair, depending on what colors you don on Saturday afternoons in the fall. You saw the Vanderbilt Commodores beat the #15 Georgia Bulldogs in Nashville, something Vanderbilt head James Franklin needed to back up his words this off-season when he said he felt this was the year Vandy could take down one of the SEC East’s “Big 3″.
Week 7 in the SEC had a little bit of everything, blowouts like South Carolina’s 52-7 drubbing of Arkansas and Alabama’s 48-7 destruction of Kentucky but it also featured some close calls in Texas A&M’s 41-38 escape from Oxford and Mississippi State outlasting Bowling Green 21-20 but the biggest news Week 7 delivered was the upset Missouri captured in Athens against a hobbled Georgia team that busted the SEC East wide open.
Oklahoma State had a terrific season, but got by far the toughest draw out of any five-seed in the bracket. Keep an eye on Oregon.
Louisville’s pressure. Jim Boeheim’s postgame press conferences. HAVOC. Coach K’s drive for five. Get pumped, people — it’s tourney time!
The Buffaloes have NCAA Tournament experience and really defend. Colorado is good enough to win two games in the field of 68.
The 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is based on name recognition. On Sunday when the selection committee announced the field of 68, I was surprised by some of the seedings.