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EDITOR’S NOTE: Boyd Bergquist was the sports director at KETS-TV in East Tree Stump, Nebraska for almost 40 years. Known across the “Husker State” as the voice of the Boy’s High School Basketball Tournament, Bergquist was a four-time winner of the Marv J. Butz “Golden Cob” Award For Excellence In Nebraska Broadcast Journalism. That background, along with his quick if not cliché-riddled wit and love of single-malt scotch makes Bergquist a perfect fit to be our “Question and Answer” guy,
Hey sports fans…your favorite 70s TV sports anchor here. MARCH MADNESS IS HERE!!! That means it’s time to fill out brackets, and more importantly, it’s time for me to hand out some handy tips for you…the bracket-filling public. Like I said, I’ve been offering tips for a good part of this season, now it’s time to put them in action.
I’m just trying to help you people…
Let’s Talk About Our Sleepers Up To This Point:
Let’s Keep Talking About Snubs:
I’ve been saying all along the B1G Ten deserved to get 9 teams in. Well, they did…even if Indiana and Rutgers are in those “First Four” games nobody watches. Despite that, the “TV Blowdries” wasted no time complaining about who didn’t get in.
Let’s be honest. When you have a 68-team field, the argument as to who should and shouldn’t be in isn’t exactly earth-shattering stuff. But Notre Dame getting in from a crap ACC when their only tournament resume point was a win over Kentucky before the Wildcats figured themselves out is questionable.
I know we’re talking about the bottom end of the pool here, but in a tournament which is being touted as “the return to normal” and knowing the NCAA wants crowds, it’s probably not an accident that both Indiana and Notre Dame are in those “First Four” games…considering both Bloomington and South Bend are easy 2-3ish-hour drives from Dayton, Ohio.
Sorry, Texas A&M…if only one set of those “First Four” games were in Waco or San Antonio…
Gonzaga: I’ve fallen for the “Lucy Pulling The Football” thing on Gonzaga too many times. Every year, they are the “best team in college basketball.” Every year, they don’t deliver.
The Pac-12: Quick…when’s the last time a Pac-12 team won the tournament? I’ll make it even easier…when’s the last time a Pac-12 team even played in the title game? Let the web-searching begin…
The point is that trend isn’t ending this year. Fill out your bracket accordingly.
Duke As A #2 Seed: So…here’s what I originally said
The Blue Devils will be massively overrated for two undeniable reasons. First, Duke is the only team in the ACC worth a crap. They will roll into the tournament with an inflated record because they don’t have to play anybody. Second, since this is Mike Krzyzewski’s “farewell” tour, you can expect the media’s ass-kissing to be in top gear.
So, Duke is on the #2 line in front of SEC Champion Tennessee? Sure, Duke beat Gonzaga (another team I’m not buying) and Kentucky (like Notre Dame did…before they figured themselves out), But Tennessee waited until the Wildcats were good to beat them twice. Oh, by the way, Tennessee rolled through their conference tournament while Duke rolled over to a middle-of-the-pack Virginia Tech team.
I rest my case.
Don’t be a chicken. Fill out a bracket. J-Dub explains why “I don’t know anything about college basketball” is a weak excuse. That’s why you can join the best bracket challenge on the web right here. It’s free…and you can win stuff!
My Final Four: Rutgers, Kentucky, Tennessee, Kansas
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