Championship Week--What 2 Watch 4--Saturday Edition...

>> Saturday, March 13, 2010

Friday provided us with a great day of basketball and saw many teams improve their bubble status, and possibly punch a ticket to the dance. Steve Fisher and San Diego State defeated the Lobo's of New Mexico and improved their tournament status to a near lock position. Tubby Smith and the Golden Gophers upset over Minnesota has possibly moved them ahead of Illinois on the better side of the bubble and UNLV's late night victory over BYU has almost guaranteed the MWC will have four teams in the NCAA tournament.

What in the hell is going on in ACC country? A country that is routinely touted as the best in the land has fallen into the depths of mediocrity. Duke has been handed a cake walk through the ACC tournament and has to run the gauntlet of Duke, Miami and the winner of N.C. State & Georgia Tech for an ACC Crown. WOW.

Enough of the Friday news....Let's talk about today.

-Kentucky and Tennessee will meet for the third time this season in the SEC Semifinals. Tennessee has handed UK one of its two losses this season and Bruce Pearl seems to have the perfect game-plan to beating Calipari. Pearl has been successful against Cal when playing Memphis and now the Cats. It should be interesting in Nashville this afternoon, as the Big Blue Mist has taken over Music City and many are now referring to the city as Nashville, KY.

-Kansas, being lead by that chubby, punk-ass Sherron Collins, is taking on Kansas State for the Big 12 championship today. The Jayhawks have dismissed the Wildcats twice this season, but the Wildcats are still playing for the hopes of a #1 seed in the big dance. Expect a great crowd in Kansas City and an even better game. I think the Wildcats finally pull off the upset and get a victory today versus the Jayhawks. Bobby Knight will weep for the rest of the week.

-Georgetown is on a roll and West Virginia has struggled to put the biscuit in the basket over the second half of the season. Greg Monroe and company appear poised to make a strong run in the tournament and the Mountaineers will have trouble slowing them down today. Georgetown by 10.

-Tom Penders and the Houston Cougars are attempting to make a cinderella run through the Conference USA tournament, but they're running into a red hot buzz-saw from UTEP today in the championship game. The Miners are now 26-5 on the season and have won 16 in a row. Tony Barbee has things clicking in El-Paso, and it'll be tough for the Cougars to slow them down. Randy Culpepper and company continue to improve their seeding with a big victory today.

There are several other tickets on the line today, but I'm running short on time and will give a recap of all the days festivities tonight. Enjoy the games!