Bracket Breakdown: Midwest Regional

By: David Kay

Synopsis
The Midwest Regional is BRUTAL.  Not as brutal as suffering through Dick Vitale’s played out schtick for two hours, but nonetheless brutal.  Kansas earned the #1 overall seed but pairing the Jayhawks with Big Ten Regular Season and Tournament champion Ohio State as a two seed seems rough.  Add onto that the three seed being a Georgetown team who seems to be clicking heading into tourney and Michigan State and Tennessee who are more talented than their respective five and six seeds suggest and this is by far, the toughest of the four regionals.
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College Hoops 101

By: David K.

Welcome to a weekly article at thesportsbank.net where I will give you the 101 on what has happened in the week of college basketball and what is to come in the days ahead.

Rewind

-Georgetown is falling apart.  The Hoyas were waxed by West Virginia who straight up out-worked G-Town and then got upset at Seton Hall in a game in which four of their starters combined to shoot 7-35 from the floor.  JT3’s team has now lost three in a row and is fading fast in the rugged Big East.

-Wake Forest became the last D-1 to suffer a loss when they were stunned at home by Virginia Tech.  The ACC needs to be in consideration with the Big East and Big Ten as the toughest conference in the nation.

-Wisconsin has now lost four conference games in a row for the first time under Bo Ryan.  Bo usually gets the most out of his Badgers, but that is certainly not the case this season.  Their lack of a go-to scorer has really hurt them as they appear to be NIT-bound.

-Time to start taking Butler seriously.  They beat the second and third place teams in the Horizon league fairly easily this week and are now 18-1 with their only loss coming by three points at Ohio State.  Brad Stevens has to be one of the best young coaches in the country and will probably be a hot name for a lot of big conference jobs this off-season.

-Oregon State, who didn’t win a single Pac-10 game last season and is coached by Barack Obama’s brother-in-law Craig Robinson, won back-to-back games at Cal and Stanford in the same week as Obama’s

inauguration.  Coincidence?  Probably not.

-D-Bag of the week goes to Houston’s Aubrey Coleman:



My AP Top Ten (if I actually voted in the poll)

1. Duke (18-1)
2. Pitt (18-1)
3. UConn (18-1)
4. Oklahoma (18-1)
5. Wake Forest (16-1)
6. North Carolina (17-2)
7. Louisville (15-3)
8. Marquette (17-2)
9. Arizona State (16-3)
10. Michigan State (16-3)

Nipping on their heels:
Xavier (16-2)
Clemson (16-2)
Butler (18-1)

Fast Forward

-Marquette at Notre Dame (Monday, 6:00, ESPN) and Georgetown at Marquette (Saturday, 1:00)

Marquette is 6-0 in Big East play beating up on the teams that they should win against… although that has been a problem in years past.  We will find out this week just how good the Golden Eagles are.

-Duke at Wake Forest (Wednesday, 6:00, ESPN)

Duke is coming off a 41-point thumping of Maryland.  They are undoubtedly the number one team in the country right now and will have a huge road test when they visit Wake.  Expect a lot of offense in this one.

-St. Mary’s at Gonzaga (Thursday, 11:00 ESPN2)

Both teams are unbeaten in the West Coast Conference.  St. Mary’s Patty Mills is one of the top point guards in the country.  The Zags have won six straight after dropping four of five in late December.

-LSU at Tennessee (Wednesday) and Florida at Tennessee (Saturday, 8:00, ESPN)

All three of these teams have just one loss in the very weak SEC.  The Vols have struggled, losing five games outside of conference play, and need these wins come seeding time for the NCAA Tourney.

The Drive to 225

To update my goal of watching 225 college basketball games this season…

Games watched through 1/25:  141

Games watched this past week: 15

Arizona at USC
Syracuse at Pitt
Texas A&M at Kansas
Ohio State at Illinois
Arizona State at Arizona
Villanova at UConn
Wisconsin at Iowa
West Virginia at Georgetown
DePaul at Marquette
Wisconsin at Illinois
Memphis at Tennessee
UConn at Notre Dame
Xavier at LSU
Houston at Arizona
Louisville at Syracuse

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