Better Know A Region – Midwest Preview

King Hippo

King Hippo

Reclusive, vulgar Broncos fan.Also a proud fookin’ Evertonian.Likely dropped on my head repeatedly as a small child.[Insert George Carlin quote followed by thoughtful nod.]
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Tony Bennett would like to take this oppotunity to talk about Jeebus for the next 45 seconds, before the standard litany of coaching cliches.

Overview

This bracket, I call it the Gruden Grinder. Lots of scrappy-assed, non-flashy teams. Besides Wahoowa, you have Tubby Smith’s Texas Tech, Butler (who kinda sucks), lumbering Purdue, fucking Gonzaga, Utah, Syracuse, Dayton, and of course…Sparty. The closest thing you have to a “glory boy” matchup is Iowa State vs. Iona in the first round, which could be a super fun game.

There’s a Lot of Opportunities…

Purdue. Iowa State is a good team, but Iona is a tricky 1st round matchup. The Boilermakers could easily see their road open up once, maybe twice if Tubby Smith works his magic. Plus, they could create matchup nightmares with their bigs for Virginia in the Round of 16, with a pro-B1G crowd cheering them on. You want bonus points in your office pool? Fucking Purdue, man.

What Have I, What Have I, What Have I Done To Deserve This?

Virginia. Jay Wright can take solace in the fact that he’s not Tony Fucking Bennett. Yeah, they got a 1 seed, despite losing the ACC final. But they get Sparty in their bracket again, after being bounced by Izzo two years in a row. And the location of that putative “third time’s a charm?” matchup…FUCKING CHICAGO. That’s just mean. Where’s your God now, Tony? Texas Tech could put up a fight in Round 2, and the Purdue/Iowa State winner would be pretty close to a coinflip matchup as well. Not an easy road in the slightest. You’d much rather be the 2 in this bracket, no matter how much you enjoy playing in your home whites.

Prediction/Confidence Level

Michigan State (Medium-High) I hate going along with the herd here…but FUCKING CHICAGO. Plus, I just don’t trust Utah, nor Iowa State without the Mayor coaching. Process of elimination, and coaching matters. Hey, fuck you. I still ain’t picked a 1.

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Reclusive, vulgar Broncos fan. Also a proud fookin' Evertonian. Likely dropped on my head repeatedly as a small child. [Insert George Carlin quote followed by thoughtful nod.]

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theeWeeBabySeamus

I just want to go on record as saying I don’t like the whole new system regarding the first/second round sites (Yes….i KNOW they call Dayton the first round currently….I don’t and never will so try to keep up).

I get the whole logic of the locations etc…..time, money, less time away from class (chuh chuh….looking at you U*NC….you only have to drive an hour to get to Raleigh, soooooo…..more time to hit the books)….but when the South Region’s first round games are in….(ahem)….Providence, Des Moines, Brooklyn and Spokane….(FUCKING SPOKANE!?!?!?!)….then that is NOT a South Regional in my opinion.

COME ON!!!!!

Inanimate Carbon Rod Marinelli

I always thought they should opt for non-geographic names for each region since location doesn’t matter much anyway.

blaxabbath

Like Sill’s insanity league, just let the biggest winner from each round rename a different division? That’d be awesome.

Sill Bimmons
Sill Bimmons

Is that what happened?

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
laserguru

Syracuse.
Fucking Syracuse.

And no San Diego State.

laserguru

Alright since I already gave you VCU over Oregon state I’ll give you one more, Fresno state is going to push the hell out of Utah.
Bet them to cover if not win outright.
PAC 12 basketball! Feel the mediocrity.

USC will probably lose their first game too.

blaxabbath

I could see that. Utah has been eerily inconsistent. Like, many of their losses have been BAD losses, including getting completely waxed in the Pac-12 tourney title game — a game that they should have really gotten up for considering their history the previous two years. Even their wins haven’t been especially dominating. They just seem like an above-average team who really comes back to earth against strong competition.

Oregon State has no business in the tourney. Some teams get put in because they do have a high ceiling but underachieve the entire season (see: 2015 UCLA) but OSU does not fit this bill.

ballsofsteelandfury

This is money in the bank, people. Pay attention to Yeah Right!

Granted, I’ve seen very little college basketball this season, but I did catch a glimpse of the Pac 12 championship game and Utah was absolutely destroyed by Oregon. Fresno State, I’ve heard, is tough, so wager away!

laserguru

I think I’m gonna drop a forty on the money line on that one.

blaxabbath

This looks like a very polite region.

Enrico Pallazzo

Jim Boeheim is a dicknose crybaby cocksucker.

monty this seems strange to me

TT-BUT (heh)

ballsofsteelandfury

Two days until the confluence of Saint Patrick’s Day and the first day of March Madness. I hope your livers are properly prepped.