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Trial By Conference Tourney

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, we have almost reached the promise land of the college basketball season. We are just a few days away from what I call Judgement Day, and what mere mortals call Selection Sunday. But before we have teams find out their region, we have what I consider to be the most exciting week of the year, Conference Tournament week. Let’s start in the ACC, and as always, my picks come at the very end.

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ACC-  When you think of the ACC nowadays, 96% of the time you think of them as the deepest conference in college basketball. This year is no different, with plenty of teams in the running, there is only one favorite in my opinion. That’s the returning conference champs, the North Carolina Tar Heels.

The Heels are hot at the right time, and are the number 1 seed in the tournament. Justin Jackson is, in my opinion, the most reliable player in the conference. The Heels will look to him a lot when the time comes; I also think Joel Berry will be looked to when the time comes.

Also, don’t count out Duke. The Blue Devils with Luke Kennard and Grayson Allen are bound for a third match-up with Carolina. The THIRD team I think that could make waves is Virginia. The Cavaliers led by London Perrantes (yes he is still there) could surprise a lot of people. They have the first round bye then would take on Notre Dame in the third round. The match-up with the Irish is a favorable one for the Cavs.

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Big East- No one, I repeat no one is beating Villanova. The Wildcats will repeat as Big East champs and move onto being a 1 seed in the tourney. That was easy.

during the game at Allen Fieldhouse on February 1, 2017 in Lawrence, Kansas.

Big 12-The Big 12 tournament has been all Kansas as of late. The Jayhawks have won 7 of the Big 12 Tournaments since 2006, as well as 14 straight Big 12 regular season championships. I think that makes the Bill Self’s Jayhawks the favorite.

Frank Mason III and Josh Jackson are a tough duo to beat in the Big 12, and if Devonte’ Graham is on, then the Big 12 is in major trouble.

The only team I think that should at least scare Kansas is West Virginia. Bob Huggins looks to have a team that could stand toe to toe with the Jayhawks. The two are on a collision course for a third meeting; the teams split the two this season. The Mountaineers will need a big tourney out of Nathan Adrian and Jevon Carter; those two are on the warpath right now. I hope we get this third game, it could be a great finale to the Big 12 this season.

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Big 10- Yikes, well I don’t know folks, I have seen wide-open conferences and then I saw this year’s Big 10. I do not like the number 1 team in Purdue. The Boilermakers don’t impress me, I really don’t know why but I am not impressed by them. Also with this tourney, unpredictability comes so often it’s absolutely ridiculous.

I like Maryland this year, which does not come to a surprise to readers who have read my stuff on the Terps before. Led by Melo Trimble, this could be the Terps year to really make a run. Yes they lack Jake Layman and Rasheed Sulaimon, but along with Damonte Dodd, freshmen Justin Jackson and Anthony Cowan, Trimble and the Terps look good.

Another one of the favorites have to be Wisconsin. Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig (both journeymen) look poised to get the Badgers back to the elite. They would run into Purdue, but I like them matching up against Purdue in any tourney style game.

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Pac-12 The Pac-12 is back, and by back I mean the top 4 teams should dominate in this conference tournament. I like UCLA and Oregon based off their guard play. It is no question that Lonzo Ball (UCLA) and Dillon Brooks (Oregon) are two of the top guards in the nation and are on the road to a showdown in the Pac-12 title game.

UCLA has plenty of weapons though. Besides Ball, you have TJ Leaf and Bryce Alford who could be found taking some big shots down the stretch. The one other team that could be found deep in this tourney is the Arizona Wildcats.

The Wildcats, who has Allonzo Trier back halfway through the season, could be the team to beat either UCLA or Oregon. Trier and big man Lauri Markkanen could be what the Cats use to get to the final against the Ducks. One of these three will most likely win the conference, and what could be one of the best finals in the history of the conference.

during the first half at Rupp Arena on January 21, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky.

SEC– Kentucky is the clear cut favorite in my opinion. When the Cats get the top spot in the SEC tourney, they rarely, if ever, lose. Coach Cal and Malik Monk are looking like they are on a path to a deep NCAA tourney run. Monk will need De’Aaron Fox as his healthy tag partner in this tourney. When Fox if healthy, he takes a lot of the spotlight off of Monk. Derek Willis will need to be clutch from outside the arch as well.

Florida is the only other team I see taking this conference. But with their path to the final including a possible Arkansas or Missouri matchup, I think the Gators could be in trouble. They’re in contention but I don’t think they are a credible threat to Kentucky.

ACC- UNC over Virginia

Big East- Villanova over Providence

Big 12- Kansas over West Virginia

Big 10- Maryland over Wisconsin

Pac 12- UCLA over Oregon

SEC- Kentucky over Missouri

Those are my picks and I am sticking to them. Next time you here from me, we will be knee deep in the NCAA tourney. So I will probably have pulled my hair out because my bracket is busted.

So try to stay handsome everyone, and happy tourney season!

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Let’s Give Them Something To Talk About

Last week, I talked about the teams who could be in the 1 and 2 spots come March. This week, I will be taking a look at just 3 teams out of the field. Three teams that have been overlooked over the past few months. I truly think these three teams, if given a chance, could some how run the table as a 4 or 5 seed. Some teams may have you scratching you’re head. So here we go.

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The Maryland Terrapins right now stand at 20-2. Maryland is led by a tremendous point guard named Melo Trimble. Trimble averages 17 a night over about 31 minutes, he truly is a top guard in the country. The Terps need him and a kid by the name Justin Jackson to be their dynamic duo come tourney time. Their two losses have come to Pitt and Nebraska, and their schedule hasn’t panned out to be as good as once thought. But at 20-2, the Terps look like the best option to run the table as a mid level seed.

Although they stand atop the Big 10 as well, I don’t know if they can win the conference. Don’t tuck in the Terps.

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Let’s stay inside the Big 10 right now, but head down to Illinois and take a look at the Wildcats of Northwestern. Yes, I am saying Northwestern is a sleeper right now, especially with a 18-4 record and 7-2 in the Big 10. Wildcats point guard Bryant McIntosh said the other day that he thinks his team could be better. If they can be better, and finish off some games down the stretch, the Wildcats could easily be a team to take down one of the favorites. McIntosh and Junior guard Scottie Lindsay may have to be two of the bigger names for this team down the stretch. Bracketology has them as a 7 seed right now and I think they can go higher. That tread line could start with a win in Madison against Wisconsin.

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I will throw an American East flavoring as we look at Cincinnati. The Bearcats sit atop the American East with an 8-0 record and are 19-2 on the campaign. A quality win over rival Xavier can only help their cause.

I think if they finish the regular season undefeated in their conference, they clinch a seed in the 3-4 range. What hurts them and why they are being slept on is the conference strength. Which has me clamoring “BRING BACK THE OLD BIG EAST”. Jacob Evans is a name to watch, and he could be a 4 year Bearcat. Only time will tell how far this kid will take the Cats, but I like what I see in him. Evans and the Bearcats could be considered a giant killer in the field come March.

So until next week, leave a comment or shoot me a tweet @jcorsi11 on the tweeter machine.

And as always, stay handsome.

 

Sweet, Sweet November

The final month of the college football season has come once again, and it’s looking like it’s going to be a thrilling one. Alabama is sitting pretty atop the polls (per usual) and looks like the perennial “Could Alabama beat the Browns” question is back again. Behind Alabama, you have the Michigan Wolverines who control their own destiny. Clemson and Washington sit right behind them and also are in the grips of a playoff spot. Those 4 teams are all unbeaten, with 1 loss Louisville, Ohio State and Texas A&M breathing down their necks. One slip up and it could be their downfall.

Last week I went 2-3. Lost on some tough late game heroics, but hey, it happens to everyone, and let’s rebound this week.

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My LOCK of the week is Michigan at home. The Wolverines don’t lose at home, plain and simple. No way they drop this week to Maryland. If Melo Trimble was playing and this was basketball, then I would pick the Terps. But as 31 point underdogs, the Terps really do not stand a chance in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines should roll to a big victory and to 9-0.

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Now a game I find interesting early on Saturday has the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets taking on the 18th ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. North Carolina needs to continue to win and needs some help from the teams in the division to take down Virginia Tech. Georgia Tech is on the rise as well, but I think they are a year away from being where they want to be. I like the Heels at home on Saturday and we could see them play Clemson in the big game later this season.

One of two exciting prime time games takes place in Columbus, Ohio as Ohio State plays host to Nebraska. Both teams have 1 loss right now and cannot afford another one. The Huskers nearly escaped Wisconsin still unbeaten last week but just couldn’t hold onto the football. JT Barrett needs to be huge for the Buckeyes because he’s the one controlling this team right now. This game should be a knockdown-drag out fight until the end. I think we could see some overtime in Columbus.

at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

LSU and Alabama, a rivalry worth a primetime SEC game. Coach O vs. Nick Saban. Truthfully, I think Alabama may put up 40-46 points on LSU and blow them out in the Bayou. Leonard Fournette needs about 250 yards for the Tigers to stand a chance. But these games have been annually 6-3 or 10-8 games, so we could really see anything in this one. Jalen Hurts will be tested but I think he will be able to withstand the pressure and lead the Tide to victory.

PICKING TIME!

LOCK: (2) Michigan 48-Maryland 14

(18) UNC 31-Georgia Tech 17

(9)Nebraska 24- (6) Ohio State 21

(1) Alabama 41- (15) LSU 20

(5) Louisville 62-BC 10

That last one I did not dare to talk about, Lamar Jackson might have 5 TD’s before the end of the first quarter.

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Heisman race is run by Jackson, and his biggest competition is himself. All he has to do is keep putting up numbers and he’s got the crown. But behind him are Deshaun Watson and Jake Browning. Browning could be the next number one pick, but as a Sophomore, he might be back with the Huskies next season.

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Until next week college football fans, Jack “The Emperor of Handsome” Corsi is out!

 

Heels Make History

History was made in the college lacrosse world on Memorial Day. Never before had a team with 6 losses won a National Championship. Well no one told the North Carolina Tar Heels that. They shocked the world, and me as well.

Carolina came in as big underdogs against the Maryland Terrapins, who were ranked 1st overall. The Tar Heels didn’t care what their rank was as they came, and conquered the Terps.

A thriller in the city of Brotherly Love, a 14-13 OT victory was what the Heels would need to do it all. Chris Cloutier is a name that sports fan need to recognize. During the championship weekend, Cloutier scored 14 goals, yes you’re reading that right, 14 goals. Joe Breschi has to be the coolest coach on the Earth too. Guy screams awesomeness, I’ve got a lot of respect for that guy.

For the Terps, nothing you can do. A bad penalty late killed them. Their goalie on the other hand may have made the greatest save in sports history. Kyle Bernlohr made an acrobatic save to keep the hope alive, but just couldn’t find the howitzer from Cloutier in the extra time.

I’ve never been a huge lacrosse guy. I played a few years of youth lax, and have been on and off with it. But now after this game, I got to say, I’m becoming a bigger fan. That game showed sports excitement and intensity all in one. Got to say the announcers gave the game some of its best moments. Hats off to the gentlemen, they are champions of their craft.

So next Memorial Day, I will have my eyes glued to the screen. After this exhibition of the sport, I will most definitely be watching the tournament. Don’t blink, you might miss the entire game. I sure know I won’t be.