Here's your Bloggernacle bracket update through the round of 32 and preview of tonight's games.T-1st - E. Nielson (470).
Riding high after the best 1st round and second best second round scores, the bracket is Nielson's to lose. Or, more accurately, Minneapolis' to win. Picking the Buckeyes to take that quarter, he's in the unenviable position of getting shanked since nearly everyone else has one of the remaining four in the Final Four. He's guaranteed to lose two of this round's games, but doesn't have any glaring weakness except Ohio State.T-1st - Pris (470).
Pris had the best second round, but question marks surround nearly ever pick remaining. Even though Pris and Nielson have the lead by a whopping 40 points, Pris is already out two final four teams. Additionally, he picks the upset in every one of tonight's games. The key pick is LSU over Duke. A huge stretch, but an excellent value pick--if LSU tops, expect Pris to stay in contention until the finals. If not, then his place will fall faster than the President's approval ratings.T-3rd - Matt Evans (430).
Evans has the highest possible score remaining with 7 of his final 8 still in the hunt. (The other being UNC, which everyone lost on.) The key to his winning will be Minneapolis, as he successfully picked G'Town to prevail against Ohio State. If they can upset Florida tomorrow, watch out.T-3rd - E. Russell (430).
Ditto nearly everything in last paragraph. He's also in excellent position, with Minneapolis being key. If Florida wins and Boston College can upset Nova, don't be surprised if Russell is the new leader.
And the Bottom Three: K. Wenger (350), John C. (350), JNS/RT (300). Just goes to show you academics don't translate into real world endeavors. Or at least Bracket Prediction. After being a front runner in the previous rounds, John C. got utterly decimated, having only four teams in the
Not-So-Sweet Sixteen (including none in Oakland and Washington). He'll move way up, though, if Florida can somehow win the championship. Kaimi's bracket looks better, but has less future, because the remaining picks are conventional. And JNS/RT...well, let's just be happy that no money is on this.Tonight's Match-Ups
7:10e -- Duke vs. LSU. Is JJ going to collapse in the tournament like the last three years? Can SEC player of the year "Big Baby" Davis be as Michael and slay the Big Blue Demon? Will Billy Packer and the other commentators breakdown on air if Duke loses? I don't know about you, but I really want to find out.
7:27e -- Memphis vs. Bradley. Memphis was widely considered the weakest #1 but has looked brilliant the last two games. Bradley is the strongest Cinderella left after easily dispatching Kansas and Pitt. Can they pull the upset tonight? Unlikely, but I'm rooting for it.
9:40e -- Texas vs. West Virginia. Why you should root for WV: Pittsnogle is the greatest name, ever
. You know he's married, right? See--family values. His wife has been known to wear a t-shirt that says, "I Got Pittsnogled" with a downward arrow. That's kinda cool. Just sayin'.
9:57e -- UCLA vs. Gonzaga. Can we take a vote here: is the return of the pornstache to the mainstream a good or a bad thing? Morrison doesn't pull it off, but Jake Plummer does, so it seems a wash.