The 2015 NCAA Tournament … it’s the Tournament, as Usual

Have we gotten to the point where upsets in the NCAA Tournament aren’t really upsets anymore? The seeding is basically built to set up matchups appealing to local and TV viewers, not that the teams are any better.

We’ve seen Villanova lose to N.C. State

When it comes to sports, BSP rarely uses the word “choke” because “choking” assumes players aren’t playing to their ability. BSP contends players have ups and downs to their abilities. A player may be tired, may be thinking about something else, may lack focus or concentration. People want to treat them like robots, but BSP realizes a player isn’t a machine.

Except at tournament time, where choking is full fledged. We see guys missing free throws (and by the way, since when is a foul an instrument to getting back into a game — and what is the benefit of this “1 and 1” nonsense). We see guys unable to play. We see officials … oh, those college basketball officials … getting caught up in the games, especially when the underdog is challenging the better team.

Here’s some “upsets” for you today:

(2) Virginia to fall to (7) Michigan State

(2) Kansas to lose to (7) Wichita State

(5) West Virginia to take down (4) Maryland

Let’s face it, some of these seeds shouldn’t be where they are.

I think it’s interesting the tournament has all these games, and while Cinderella is fun considering, it’s not realistic. The better teams almost always win the tournament, and almost always make the Sweet 16. Kentucky is going to win the title, because they have nine guys who can play at the NBA level.

Here are our picks for the Final Four:

Midwest: Kentucky

West: Arizona

South: Duke

East: Michigan State

About bittersportspills

I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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1 Response to The 2015 NCAA Tournament … it’s the Tournament, as Usual

  1. 3-0 in those “upset” picks, not bad.

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