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I’m going to just give you guys a quick rundown of the stuff that I’ve been talking about recently. Hit me up on twitter or facebook if you want to discuss further.
IU had another huge Win at HOME! Too bad the NCAA Tournament isn’t played in Bloomington at Assembly Hall. I still feel IU is a year away, and the bad loses speak for IU, and if you don’t believe me ask Tom Crean whose playing PG next year…..here’s a hint… it is YOGI not Jordie!
The Irish have hit a slide after nine in a row they have lost two straight. The St. John’s loss was your perfect “look ahead game”, then they went to Georgetown and got beat. The Irish go as far as Jack Cooley goes and when he gets ZERO rebounds on Monday, ND has little chance of winning. Brey and the boys will get it fixed but they need to right it QUICK!
ISU will need a historic and epic run through Arch Madness to repeat as Missouri Valley Tourney Champs. The Sycamores had loads of chances Saturday against Creighton but turnovers, empty possessions, and a very questionable game winning shot attempt add up to a date in the dreaded Thursday game in St. Louis. The Trees will have to win tomorrow against Southern Illinois then turn around with a noon tip against regular season champ Wichita State. If the Trees can string those first two wins together, then they will have a 1 o’clock match-up Saturday with Illinois State or Northern Iowa. If ISU gets that done, a likely date with #2 seed Creighton and MVC player of the Year Doug McDermott. This is not a path that has ever been traveled in the Mo Val tournament, but if anyone is capable its the Trees. They also have a bit of history on their side; coach Greg Lansing was an assistant at Iowa when they went through the Big Ten tourney with 4 wins in 4 days. So ISU has the chance but I’m not betting on any miracles this year at Arch Madness.
Butler needs to win the Horizon League Tourney to make it to the Dance and have a shot at destroying brackets across the land! They’ve turned it around as of late but not enough good wins to get them in! I’m not going to say the Dawgs can’t do it but Valpo is better and that is who I’m sticking with!
Purdue is going to be a team in a lot of NCAA brackets that teams aren’t going to want to see. I know IU fans will say that Purdue is awful and this and that but if I’m Tom Crean I better get my kids over the win Tuesday so that Purdue doesn’t come into town Saturday and punch us in the mouth and steal a win. That being said, Purdue has looked a lot better without team Cancer Kelsey Barlow. He is a good player with a lot of basketball skills, but as a person I think he’s a bad guy and not somebody you want your kids to model themselves after on or off the court. Robbie Hummel is a bad dude and I will be shocked if he doesn’t carry Purdue into the Sweet 16. This is going to be a team that squeaks into an Elite 8 or Final 4, but Sweet 16…. I’m going out on a limb and booking the Boilers for one….Depending on the bracket they get put in of course but I think they have that special feel to them and could steal some money from us come NCAA tourney time!
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Now as is customary I’m going to leave you with two videos…..The first is Gary Harris’ walk off dagger from last night’s Sectional Game. The kid who took the video says it all after the shot falls! The second video is for Davey Jones the front man for my Pops favorite group ever the Monkees who passed away today! The Monkees concert my Dad took me to in sixth grade was my first concert…I’ll always remember that. RIP Davy!!!