Posts Tagged ‘March Madness’

March Madness bracket challenge

March 14, 2011

It’s that time of year again, fellow sports fans.

The excitement, the drama, the tears and upsets–all leading up to the big dance. Will you be the one to pick the right teams to shoot their way to the Final Four?

Or are you still feeling the burn from last years mess of a bracket, the bracket barely anyone was able to get through without shock at the outcomes?

Here is your time for redemption.

Once again, Miss Sportaholic is offering the same challenge as last year. Beat the Sportaholic and her friends and you will get a free prize.

What is the prize? Same deal as last year. I have ideas in mind, but leave comments on what type of prize you would like if you win, and if others vote on the best idea, I will consider that and if your idea is the one that gets the most votes you might also win a prize!

Simply click on this link and fill out your bracket.

Yes, it is that easy. And leave a comment after saying what type of prize you would like to win and let the games begin!

Good luck and may the luckiest person win—which we all know in March Madness, luck and blind picks may be your best option.

 

**Don’t forget to check back here for updates on the tournament and the top winners each round.

Butler and Duke to battle for the March Madness championship on Monday

April 3, 2010

The Final Four games were played tonight, April 3, with Butler and Duke advancing to the championship to compete against each other on Monday to take home the trophy.

In a classic cinderella team tale, Butler is on the radar and has been since their first game against UTEP.

I know I went back and changed my original bracket and had Butler losing to UTEP that first round. You can bet I am kicking myself now.

But ever since Kansas got knocked out of the big dance by Northern Iowa, I have been pulling for Butler and they have not failed.

Under coach Brad Stevens, Butler has impressed many, including themselves.

Butler head coach Brad Stevens

They have had home city advantage (the last occurance was in 1972 with UCLA who ended up winning the whole championship) and have been compared to the Indiana Hoosiers, made famous by Hollywood in the movie about the team.

Coach Stevens is an impressive 33-year-old smart leader for the Bulldogs. Stevens came into the scene during the 2000-2001 season as a volunteer and was later promoted to full assistant coach the year later.

In the 2007-2008 basketball season, he was named the head coach and after winning 30-games that first season, became the third youngest coach in NCAA history with a 30 game winning season.

The 33-year-old will go head-to-head as he leads his team for the first time to the championship game against one of the biggest and most well-known coaches to basketball players across the country.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski

Coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke University BlueDevils has been coaching for 30-years.

He is experienced and knows how to win a basketball game, especially this big game.  It is somewhat interesting that the first year Coach K started coaching, Coach Stevens was only a 3-year old.

Coach K also has led his team to winning three NCAA championships and appearing in 11 Final Fours in those 30-years.

Who to look out for Monday night: (more…)

Breaking down the Final Four teams in the NCAA tournament

March 29, 2010

Out of about 4.8 million people who filled out brackets online at espn.com, only 200 people correctly guessed the Final Four.

Only 200 people.

That is 0.0046% of people were right. Crazy.

And not one person has a perfect bracket.

The last four teams are #1 #5 Michigan State, #5 Butler and #2 West Virginia.

Duke is the only #1 seed left in the tournament. This is the first time they have made it to the Final Four since 2004: it is also the 15th time they made it this far and the 11th appearance under Coach K (only UCLA and UNC have had more trips).

But it was not an easy ride, especially after Sunday’s game against Baylor.

Baylor kept the blue devils on their toes as they went on a 10-3 run in the first half. Baylor, who had 28 wins all season, played a great game. They tied it up against Duke a few times, but couldn’t hold onto the lead as Duke turned 23 rebounds into points and made 15 out of 18 of the games last points.

But give Baylor credit; they held Jon Scheyer pointless all game: not an easy accomplishment from this normally high scoring Blue Devil.

West Virginia, who beat out the young Kentucky team is playing Duke next. The Mountaineers aren’t a team that is willing to let go of a game easily. They fight hard. Tough. Angry. Aggressive.

This is also the first appearance in the Final Four in 51 years for Dub V. Coach Bob Huggins coaches smart basketball. They don’t rush and don’t seem to get phased when their opponents take the lead. The mostly junior and senior cast on this team understand how to end the game in their favor.

The two teams that knocked out many people’s brackets are the other two teams to make it this far. The two #5 teams, Michigan State and Butler have been interesting to watch.

Michigan State somehow manages to sneak into the tournament it seems. They impressively have had six appearances in 12 seasons; how many people expected them to make it this far again?

Mich St. also has made it far without their point guard Kalin Lucas, who tour his Achilles’ tendon in the second-round against Maryland, but the team has pushed through and torn up the court against Maryland, N. Iowa who took out #1 Kansas and beat out Ohio State.

Butler ready to continue the magic to beat Mich State Saturday.

And Butler is the Cinderella story team of the year, and considering this team plays in the same arena as the team in the movie “Hoosiers”, a lot of attention has been put on the team that is six miles away from the arena they are about to play Mich. State.

As I mentioned in my last post, this team has shown a lot to fear and this team will be playing in their home city.

Again, the last team that had that happen was UCLA in 1972–when UCLA also won the whole tournament.

What are some of your predictions for these last few teams? If you could start a new bet with just these four teams, who would you pick?

I might add another contest if people seem interested since this years brackets were so whacked out.

What you need to know in the rest of the mess of March Madness

March 27, 2010

Many of you have already thrown away your brackets.

A few of you have been so embarrassed by how you did, you don’t even want to watch the rest of the games.

“I did something I promised myself I wouldn’t—I looked at my bracket which I haven’t done since the end of the second round. I’m out,” said a loyal follower of the sportaholic, Mark Huber.

Do you feel this same sentiment? Well, don’t feel alone. This tournament brought an immense amount of upsets that there is not one perfect bracket left in America.

Even that autistic kid in Chicago is out after his winning team, Purdue,  lost to Duke last night during the last game of the sweet 16.

But there is no denying the excitement, the energy and craziness this years tournaments have ensued.

I don’t care if you are a basketball fan or not–it is games like these that make even the most anti-sports fan pause and actually get caught up in the yelling from the people standing in front of the TVs.

I think the biggest game so far that had me going nuts was the Kansas State vs. Xavier game. This was the first double over time game played in a sweet 16 in over ten years and the combined points (101-96 = 197) is the second highest amount of combined points in a sweet 16.

This game was intense. There were 17 lead changes. There were 13 ties.

And there was eventually a winner decided about one in the morning on Thursday night.

If you missed this game, I am truly sorry; games like this are why I got so into sports in the first place.

The drama. The energy. The excitement and movement.

The fast acting changing of who might win which changes just as much as the passing of the basketball itself. It is more climatic than any movie you might see in theaters.

If you didn’t at least stop and see why this game was so insane, then you might as well stop reading now.

Because a game like that is the best way anyone can ever get involved in sports.

The rest of the elite 8 games are set, and some have already been played. Here are some key points to remember while watching the last half of the NCAA tournament. (more…)

Upsets in the first round of the NCAA tourney; top brackets in the sportaholic pool

March 20, 2010

The first round of the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament ended last night with some expected–and some stunning–victories.

Most shocking so far was the Ohio and Georgetown game. Did anyone else see that coming? I think every other upset could have been predicted, so unless you are from Ohio; let me know if you chose this #14 seed over the favored #3 Beast from the East team.

Other upsets was  #13 Murray State over #4 Vanderbilt,  though this game wasn’t as big of a surprise as Murray State is a strong and athletic team and proved it with  Donero Thomas’ buzzer beating shot.

Some other upsets that weren’t as shocking were:

# 10 St. Mary’s over #7 Richmond 80-71;
#11 ODU over #6 Notre Dame; 51-50;
#11 Washington over #6 Marquette 80-78;
#12  Cornell over #5 Temple 78-65;
#10 Missouri over #7 Clemson 86-78.

In my bracket pool so far, here are the top 10 brackets:

Rank Name Number of points
1 Charm city sportaholic, G. Wittstadt 250
1 Where’s UMBC?, M. Huber 250
3 Pohlmann is God, J. Pohlmnann 240
4 Boozers 101,B. Arvin 230
4 Major PhD, P.Dorsey 230
4 Neverseenit, R.Hattrup 230
4 Krobey286 1, K.R. 230
8 LindsayP803, L.P. 220
8 Soliddisco,C. Fong 220
10 Pete’s Picks, P.DiLutis 210

Let the Madness begin–upsets in the tournament

March 18, 2010

For those of you who are either stuck at work or too hungover from St. Patrick’s Day festivities and missed the first games of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, you have missed some pretty exciting games.

First big game and upset was #11 Old Dominion University over #6 Notre Dame in the final seconds. Final score was ODU 51-50. The luck of the Irish must have run out as the buzzer sounded, ending the Fighting Irish’s season.

In double overtime, #7 Brigham Young University overcame the #10 Florida Gators 99-96. BYU advances to the next round as the Gators head back to Florida.

In another overtime game, #2 Villanova barely escaped a scare by #15 Robert Morris by finally ending the game 73-70.

In the biggest upset so far this tournament, #13 Murray State took #4 Vanderbilt’s chances of going further in the tournament as Murray State hit a buzzer beater winning shot, leaving the score 66-65.

Number 3 Baylor went back and forth in another close game against #14 Sam Houston State; Baylor ended the game 68-59 over SHS.

Currently, #10 St. Mary’s is trying to break their curse of losing in the first round as they have for the past four years in the NCAA tournament. With less than three minutes left, St. Mary’s keeps #7 Richmond Spiders at bay 70-59. Can they pull it out?

Keep checking the site for more updates–and for those who joined my bracket challenge, at the end of this first round I will put up highest scores for each bracket.

Enjoy the games.

Can you beat the Sportaholic–NCAA brackets

March 17, 2010

Do you have the right picks this March Madness to beat the sportaholic and all her friends?

Well, it’s time to get in on the excitement with the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament with my challenge to you.

It’s simple. Complete a bracket by the first tip of the tournament on Thursday, March 18th by going to:

http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen/en/frontpage
Join my group— Charm City Sportaholic. Fill out your bracket and check this blog for updates on the top scores every round.

Is there a catch? You tell me: It is  FREE to enter.  If you beat me and are the overall winner, you get a prize from me.

Many of you have already tried guessing the prize—beer, alcohol, a kiss, a Friendly’s sundae, a date with my sister or some other sexual things (you boys have a one-track mind).

But it is a surprise, everyone. You want to know what I give the winner? Pick the best bracket and find out.

Good luck everyone!

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