Monday, March 12, 2018

"TeamHollyHoops": 'Zona will cut down the nets!

March Madness Baby!!!  Basketball’s best time of the year…..way more fun to watch college kids party than the NBA’s 7 game set-piece (although that has it’s own fun as well).

So who am I taking and why?  Let’s go through the brackets:


South Region
Who doesn’t love Virginia – high IQ in the classroom on the court….overall the tournament’s top-seed.  Kentucky’s Diaper Dandy’s finally started to jell towards the end of the year.  Davidson is everyone’s darling including super-alumni Steph Curry.  Cincinnati has the muscle and the meanness.  But c’mon, nothing would cause the NCAA more misery than the Wildcats from Arizona advancing to the Final Four.  They were undervalued in their seeding in my opinion.  Deandre Ayton could be the #1 pick right ahead of Marvin Bagley.

My Final Four Pick:          

West Region
Nothing struck my fancy here except North Carolina is a 2 seed with 10 losses.  Xavier is the #1 seed but Gonzaga and Michigan are the hottest teams form this region entering the tournament.  Great Final Four story last year, but not the same line-up for Mark Few’s Gonzaga squad.  Michigan has the better fight song, and their Big Ten tournament win over rival Sparty is more impressive.  Hail to the Victors!

Team Holly’s West Region Champ:  

East Region
Will I ever pick a one seed?  Villanova under Jay Wright has been arguably the best program in the country the last 4 years.  I like Purdue’s size, and I’m crushin’ on fellow Atlanta superstar Colin Sexton…..but this region doesn’t match up with ’Nova.  Philly’s best heads to San Antonio.

Holly’s Hot Take:              

Midwest Region
Did Jay Bilas say the South was the toughest region???  No way Jay!  Sparty, the Dookies, Kansas, and an assortment of 20+ winning teams from Power 5 conferences…….everyone loved Michigan State at the beginning of the year, and Izzo usually gets his guys to perform well in the tournament.  But Coach K has a free path to the Sweet 16, that will galvanize his young players to meet the moment (Coach Izzo does have better hair, sorry Coach K).  Cameron Indoor’s Finest will advance to the Final Four!

Holly’s “I love the men from Duke” pick:                

So, who cuts down the nets in San Antonio?

Arizona is too strong for Michigan, and Duke has too much talent for Villanova to hold off.  In the finals, it will be Arizona vs. Duke, with a match made in NBA front-office heaven.  Who wins the title?  ‘Zona, with too much Ayton, knocks off the Devils 72-66.  We get to watch the NCAA staff squirm as the trophy is handed to Sean Miller…..FBI agents will remain on the sideline for now.  😊


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