The month of March is treating me like it’s football season! Yes, I was a stellar and pitiful 0-4 in my Final Four NCAA basketball predictions. My left nostril has received better picking than that.
In the West Region I selected the Texas A&M team, then the Oklahoma Sooners smoked them like fish in a smoker. The boys of Oklahoma then whipped the No. 1-seeded Oregon Ducks. The Boomer Schooner is headed to Houston.
The South Region will be represented by the No. 2-seeded Villanova Wildcats who defeated the No. 1-seed Kansas Jayhwaks. I, of course, picked the Jayhawks.
The East Region was a true underdog in No. 10-seeded Syracuse. Yes, Syracuse, a team many experts thought didn’t deserve to be in the NCAA Tournament. They came back from a 16-point deficit in the second half to defeat Virginia. Is there any team who chokes more than the Virginia Cavaliers? I say, no! The Heimlich maneuver should be a college class all the basketball players need to take at Virginia for all the choking they do in March!
The Midwest Region was won by the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Tar Heels smoked the Indiana Hoosiers, who were my pick to win. There you have it now; all the evidence in black and white on how one goes 0-4 in Final Four selections.
Okay, so let’s pick the winners of the semifinals on Saturday and NCAA Championship Game on Monday night. Hint: Save yourselves and do the opposite of what I pick!
Here we go: The first game on Saturday night with a tip time at 6:09 p.m. will be Oklahoma and Villanova, both No. 2 seeds. The Oklahoma Sooners have the remarkable Buddy Hield who is shooting 47 percent from 3-ball and also averaging 29.2 points in the tourney. Oklahoma defeated the Villanova team by 23 points in Hawaii earlier in the season. I like the defense of the Villanova team and that is what they hang their sneakers on. They say defense wins championships, so I am taking Villanova to win this rematch on the court. The other game follows featuring North Carolina and Syracuse. North Carolina is the only No. 1 seed left in the tournament. They have won by an average of 16 points in all their games this tournament. Marcus Paige drives the ship for the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Syracuse Orange come in as a huge underdog in this Final Four. This is the “Cuse’s” second Final Four in four years. Jim Boeheim’s team is not strong offensively and you wonder where the offense will come from. It will be a huge upset if they beat the Tar Heels. I say Roy Williams and crew moves forward.
The Monday night championship winner will be North Carolina over the Villanova Wildcats.
Winged Wheels in jeopardy
When was the last time the Detroit Red Wings missed the NHL Playoffs? How about the 1989-90 season! The streak is in serious jeopardy to make it to year number 25. The men in red and white have just over a handful of games left in the season and they are behind the eight ball. Detroit is trying to catch the Boston Bruins or the Philadelphia Flyers in the standings. My gut hunch is they will miss the playoffs here in 2015-16, thus ending one of the greatest streaks. Man, what will we do without Detroit Red Wings playoff hockey? I sure hope we don’t have to find out.
Tigers making more moves
The Detroit Tigers have released pitcher Bobby Parnell and infielder Casey McGehee. Detroit also optioned Bruce Rondon to Triple-A Toledo. Rondon has a live arm but no control with his pitches. He will never be the closer here in Detroit.
What’s in a name?
It’s another beautiful day to be a Day. Did you see that Aussie Jason Day moved into the World No. 1 spot after winning the WGC Match play over the weekend? Boy, Jason sure seems to be firing on all cylinders here. With the Masters just on the horizon and Jordan Spieth struggling, dare I say we could be seeing Mr. Day sporting a green jacket here in April? Keep a close eye on the PGA Tour in the coming weeks. firstname.lastname@example.org