Editor's Note--Well, first there's this.....
And unless you've been passed out all night, you might guess why I am dropping that old famous commercial. PERFECTION is right! Big D smushed the competition and is now a few seconds away from 6-0 these 1st 2 days. 5-1 will "just" have to do. When last seen Big D was NOT throwing a party with bandoleers and showgirls, he was burning the midnight oil. Studying. Again. Still. And he has 3 selections for us for this Saturday! Well, la-dee-frikkin-dah!! I'm ready! Are you?!?--R.B
Yes, Richie, we are all proud of 3-0, but we got further work to do. The low hanging fruit of those YUGE pointspreads from Thursday and Friday are pretty much gone. Now there's even more quality teams left. With very thin advantages in some cases. But that's why we are always here. To point those thin advantages out. And pounce. Here we go for another 3-0 day.....
West Virginnie actually MADE most of their free throws on Thursday, but they still only won by 6 over BUCKNELL for Big D's first winner of the tournament. Now they lay the ever elusive "2.5" to NOTRE DAME. The IRISH had their own host of trouble with Princeton, and if that shot went down at the buzzer, we'd be talking about Princeton in this game. However, it did not go down, and ND escaped with a 2 point win. Funny enough, ND is the BEST free throw shooting team in the country, and they only went 14 for 21 in their game. That'll all change today friends. The "inside factor" today? These teams played against each other a LOT when they were both in the Big East a few years back. Guess what? ND handled wva and their pressing ways VERY well then, and routinely beat the mountaineers. Guess what else? BOTH teams' coaches are still there. STILL employing their same systems. ND has real good guard play, and really take care of the ball. We don't worry about the press of wva. ND is from the more rugged ACC. The points work pal. Take em.
The "Experts" say MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE "shocked" Minnesota on Thursday. That's nice. You know what the line was at tip-off handsomes? MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE was favored by 1. That's right. They were favored and dusted Minnesota by 9. Just like they dusted Michigan State last year as a 15 seed. Today they get 4 from butler. Now Butler is still kinda fresh in everyone's minds as the Cinderella who went to back-to-back championship games a few years back (We're still amazed at that accomplishment). But you know what MTSU does really well? Plays DEFENSE. And if you watch, you can tell they LOVE playing defense. Like it's more important to them to get a stop, than it is to hit a 3. Put in their 11 game win streak, 16-5 spread record away from home, and 10-1 spread record versus teams OVER a .600 winning percentage (that means they like to beat the VERY GOOD teams, ladies and germs), and we get a magical 4 points? BLUE RAIDERS baby! Gooooooooo
Finally, we were hoping that our old friends Nevada-Reno (that's what we still call them. Others call them just "Nevada", now) made it out of the 1st round to face this somewhat overrated "Big 10 regular season champ" Purdue team. But IOWA STATE kinda dismantled Nevada. So we really took a look at them. They have terrific guards (notice a trend here friends), who lead the team. Like MONTE MORRIS. He's played in 139 games at IOWA STATE. 139 games!! You think he's gonna be nervous?!? The CYCLONES also like to use a 4 guard set a lot of times. Purdue is about the opposite. All big, big fellows, trying to pound the ball inside and outrebound you. The real "hot" factor? IOWA STATE 8-1-1 in their last 10 vs the spread. Yes, we only get 1 point, but give us the good guards over the good big guys in this tournament, ANYDAY. And 3 times on Saturday. Like today.
Soooooo,the Saturday Round of 32 happy recap: NOTRE DAME+2.5 vs wva, MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE +4 vs Butler, and IOWA STATE+1 vs Purdue.
Let's see if we can keep the hotness rollin. Keep the beat goin on, if you will. Speaking of, and yes Richie, since the luck has been great when you wear the fancy outfits of our singers of the day? You gotta dust off the red jacket and cream colored pants and shoes for today's games. Good luck. God bless. Tune in tomorrow!!