Posted 03/23/2007 at 03:24 AM
This first blog installment is simply going to be a dozen quick hitters from Room 38810 at The Hotel at Mandalay Bay following Thursday's riveting Sweet 16 action.
1-Easiest bet of the Tournament: Ohio St. -7.5 second half trailing Tennessee by two touchdowns and change at halftime.
2-Worst Decision of the Tournament: How on earth does Chris Lofton not get a touch with the Vols needing a bucket against the Bucks in the final seconds?!?!
3-Tubby to Minnesota? As I've said a dozen times or so in the last month, I knew Tubby was bolting Lexington on his own, but to Minnesota? I guess he's ready for less expectations. Well, he's got 'em.
4-The coaching carousel is in full motion now. Texas A&M's Billy Gillispie is my bet to land at UK. Billy D and Ricky P might get phone calls from Mitch Barnhart, but they'll say no. I think that'll lead to Gillispie, but if that's not the case, I'll guess the phone calls will go in this order:
A-Tom Crean (Marquette)
B-Rick Majerus (ESPN)
C-John Calipari (Memphis)
D-John Pelphrey (South Alabama)
E-Bruce Pearl (Tennessee)
5-How is Ohio St. still in this Tournament?
6-To Tennessee senior forward Dane Bradshaw: My cap is off to you. You had a helluva career. I hate that it had to end tonight in heartbreaking fashion.
7-I think Al Horford and Corey Brewer are gone to the NBA after this Tournament for sure. However, I won't be shocked if Joakim Noah returns. And Taurean Green -- if he knows what's best -- should definitely be back.
8-I still think UCLA is a fraud.
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10-Vandy has no shot unless Derrick Byars AND Shan Foster get off big-time against the Hoyas. And don't sleep on Dan Cage, that cat can knock down 3's galore if he gets open looks.
11-If UNLV and Florida win Friday, get ready to see a lot of shots of Kevin Kruger as a 10-year-old on the Gators' bench during their run to the Final Four in 1994. Hey, I think Kruger is a helluva player, but in terms of looking dorky at the age of 10, this kid took the cake -- literally. You'll see...
12-My prediction hasn't changed -- I still say Florida cuts the nets down -- again! -- with a win over Georgetown in the finals.
Good luck with your bets!