UD is in the Sweet 16 and I’m not sure anything else matters. Money seems completey secondary at this point. DAYTON IS IN THE SWEET 16.
Bankroll: ↓456.59 🙁
You think I give a fuck? UD is in the Sweet 16!!
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Stanford vs. Kansas (-6)
The Jayhawks will once again be without the services of Joel Embiid. I don’t care, chalk ’em up.
Kentucky (+4) vs. Wichita State
I, for some reason, expected this one to be a pick ’em. Four points for the Wildcats? Merry Christmas. I just flat out refuse to believe in Wichita State. No apologies. The Shockers owe America an apology.
North Carolina (+1) vs. Iowa State
Iowa State lost George Niang for the remainder of the tournament with a foot injury. Although the Cyclones have depth, Niang is the key cog in their offense, their Halil Kanacevic if you will. When the field was announced, I felt that UNC was capable of making some noise in the East Region. Nothing has changed my opinion. Heels win this one outright.
Mercer (+8) vs. Tennessee
Mercer can shoot it, the Vols can board it. This line started at nine and has dipped down a bit since then. Tennessee’s offense is too inconsistent to expect a blowout and the Bears are going to do what they do.
Stephen F. Austin (+9) vs. UCLA
Kyle Anderson actually looks like a pro this season. Not sure if that an indictment of the current state of college basketball or not, but the kid seems much more certain of himself. SF Austin has more size than I anticipate and will stay loose. Give me Stephen F. Awesome and the points.
Baylor (+3) vs. Creighton
I had Baylor winning this one on my bracket, so it’s a no-brainer to take the Bears here. Too much athleticism for the Jays to handle. BU will make McDermott earn his points and Creighton is going to need points from somebody, anybody, else.
Memphis (+6) vs. Virginia
Coming into the tournament, UVA was looked at as one of the weakest #1 seeds in the history of the tournament. Although the Cavs won both the ACC regular season title and tournament championship, their performance against Coastal Carolina indicates the league may not have been the meat-grinder that Coach K assured us it was. I think UVA ekes this one out, but Memphis won’t be a pushover.
Gonzaga (+6.5) vs. Arizona
Of course, the ONE time I turn my back on the Zags they stab me in the back. I’m starting to think Mark Few’s teams only perform well when there is absolutely nothing expected of them. They might actually win this sonofabitch.
Tom Blackburn is a proud U. o' D. alum. He loses faith in humanity one day at a time, but not in you, you seem like you are all kinds of alright. Charter member of the T-Man fanclub.