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Elite Eight – Sunday

Filed under: General — JD @ 9:02 pm

[guest post by JD]

My results have been a mixed bag so far. In my pool, which I am winning :-) I got 25/32 in the 1st round. On here I got 15/16 in the Round of 32, 4/8 in the Sweet 16, and whiffed on the first 2 Elite 8 games.

Duke vs Louisville. This could just as easily be a National Championship game, and speaks to the depth of the field. They played earlier in the year, at Duke I think, but Louisville was without their center Dieng. Ever since that 44-10 run to close out Syracuse in the Big East championship, The Ville has been hot. Duke is good, damn good, but I prefer teams that put defensive pressure on their opponent, and the Cardinals do this as good as anyone. Only way Duke can win this is if they turn this into a half court game, and that doesn’t necessarily fit their style. I have to pick someone, so Louisville in a great game. I am going to this one.

Michigan vs Florida. Trey Burke woke up, and how. His 2nd half and OT was as impressive of a performance as you will see, and the shot that sent it into OT was sick. Florida is immensely talented, but I haven’t seen anything that makes me think they will hold off a surging Michigan team, who has played as well as anyone in the tournament so far. It has the potential to be an exciting game, due to styles of play, but I see Michigan going to the Final 4.


28 Responses to “Elite Eight – Sunday”

  1. I love March

    JD (b63a52)

  2. I tell you though, this could have been an expensive proposition, with anyone with money on the line.

    narciso (3fec35)

  3. March is awesome….don’t think we will get the same quality of games next weekend….but…

    Florida will defend Michigan better than most….UF wins…

    Duke slows Louisville down, and pulls the win out of their dookie behinds….

    reff (4dcda2)

  4. Zzzzzzzzzzzz. Tell it to ESPN.

    Kevin Stafford (1d1b9e)

  5. JD- Good Luck today.
    Are you in a Masters Pool?

    mg (31009b)

  6. In my original bracket, I picked a championship game that would feature Duke VS Florida.
    It is still possible.

    Therefore, I’ll be rooting for each of them, today.

    Elephant Stone (8ab82b)

  7. mg – I have Tiger. And I am unapologetically rooting for him.

    JD (3cbfc7)

  8. If FL cannot get up the court with McGary, this will be a long long game.

    JD (b63a52)

  9. Looks like Michigan will be in the Final Four. Dominating performance, up wire to wire, 21 with 8:00 to go.

    JD (b63a52)

  10. I did not see these teams going to the Final Four, except for Duke. That shows how little I know.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  11. And Louisville.

    By “these teams,” I mean Syracuse, Wichita State, Michigan and Duke/Louisville.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  12. That was impressive.

    JD (b63a52)

  13. And now you know why “I” don’t gamble…

    reff (4dcda2)

  14. Louisville and Duke are visibly better than anyone else I have seen in the tournament.

    JD (b63a52)

  15. That is the single most disgusting horrible injury I have ever seen.

    JD (b63a52)

  16. Lord that was horrible.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  17. I didn’t see it but it sounds like what happened to Theisman.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  18. Made Theisman’s look like a paper cut.

    JD (b63a52)

  19. Oh. Awful.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  20. I’m really glad I didn’t see it.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  21. Please don’t watch it if you can avoid it, I almost puked.

    sybilll (9347e3)

  22. The injury has really affected the game in an unexpected way, I think.

    elissa (9e3aa8)

  23. Pitino’s win one for the gipper speech must have been a masterpiece. The L. players could so easily have been discombobulated and over adrenalined after that. Wow. Who knew Duke would lose their poise, instead.

    elissa (9e3aa8)

  24. Wow, that really sucked.
    Hope he heals 110%

    mg (31009b)

  25. JD – No need to apologize, he looks like the master of his craft.

    mg (31009b)

  26. Louisville made it to the Elite Eight in men’s and women’s basketball.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  27. Surgery was successful on Louisville’s Kevin Ware. His leg was broken in 2 places. There’s even a photo of him on Twitter (via ABC).

    DRJ (a83b8b)

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