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Total Tar Heel Dominance

The National Title belongs to the North Carolina Tar Heels, thus finishing the road to redemption. The Heels, led by Coach Roy Williams, fell victim to a buzzer beater finish at the hands of Villanova last season. This time around, the Heels said they would get the job done. That they did, and with an unbelievable defensive attack in the second half against Gonzaga, the Tar Heels redeemed themselves.

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Joel Berry III was named the most outstanding player of the tournament. The kid played with grit and determination. He dropped 22 points and had 6 assists in the effort. Berry, who is just a junior, could return to Carolina next season, as well as ACC Player of the Year Justin Jackson and Theo Pinson.

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I’d be surprised if Justin Jackson were to return to Carolina. After the season this young man had, he could be NBA bound. But I would love to see him back next year, he could repeat as a champ and an MVP. He is a special player who can really play amazingly in the spotlight, it would be awesome to see him play one more year in Carolina Blue.

The unsung hero for the Heels has to be Luke Maye. Maye stepped up big time in the big game. Remember that shot he hit against Kentucky? Ask Malik Monk, he will tell you all about it. Maye was a solid contributor to the victory, and could be in for a colossal season next year.

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Kennedy Meeks wins in what will be his final game in Carolina Blue. Meeks was a role player in every season that I can remember. His presence will be missed in the middle for Carolina. Although he scored just 7 points, he snagged 10 rebounds in the title win. Those 10 rebounds were pivotal to the winning effort.

Let me say this too. Gonzaga proved me wrong and I apologize to them for counting them out so often. The Bulldogs were a formidable team and Coach Mark Few did what I thought he couldn’t do. They’re effort was admirable and I have to say, they worked their tails off. They now have a lot more credibility in my eyes, I’d just like to see them play a couple tougher games in the coming years. They’ll have a bunch of guys back next year so don’t be surprised to see Gonzaga creep up to a deep tourney run.

We in the college world now take focus on baseball and lacrosse. Two sports that have had a recent jump in viewers so should be a great spring.

Carolina found out that the ceiling is the roof, and boy did they do it impressively.

Stay handsome, everyone!

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Just Four Remain

Four are left standing in this ultimate elimination cage match that is the NCAA tournament. North Carolina, South Carolina, Gonzaga and Oregon all head to Phoenix for the chance to reign as supreme ruler of the NCAA basketball realm.

Alas the final four is set, and we are in for a doozy of games. But let’s first look at a couple things from the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games.

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We saw LaVar Ball’s oldest son, Lonzo, basically no show the biggest game of his career for UCLA, and we saw essentially what will get De’Aaron Fox a seat at the draft. Fox outplayed Ball and helped Kentucky punch their ticket to a rematch with UNC.

What I thought was the game of the year had the finish of the year as well. Malik Monk hits a highly contested three which led to former walk-on Luke Maye hitting the 2 point jumper to punch the Heel’s ticket to the Final 4.

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Oregon in the Midwest had Kansas Jayhawk on the menu in the Elite 8. They had their Jayhawks smoked, and Tyler Dorsey had himself 27 points on the night. Ducks star Dillon Brooks had his hefty helping with 17 points as well.

This duo could just be getting started, as Brooks is just a junior and Dorsey is a sophomore. Dorsey is looking like the tourney MVP for the Ducks, having 4 straight games with 20 points, 2 of those games were 27 point nights. The Ducks might want to lean on Dorsey then go to Brooks in the waning moments.

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I have been a Gonzaga hater this entire season and probably always will be. But I will give it up for the Zags, they have proved their worth to me. The absolutely destroyed Xavier, but still got away with highway robbery against Northwestern. Their Sweet 16 game with WVU was a great one, Jordan Mathews had ice in his veins when he drained that 3 ball. Happy for Mark Few, he finally got to the big one.

Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 11.34.03 AMAnd then there is the Cinderella story, the South Carolina Gamecocks. They have beaten a 2, 3 and a 4 seed this tournament. Duke, Baylor and Florida have all been pecked to death by Carolina. One thing is for sure, Sindarius Thornwell can sure play. He has been nothing short of spectacular. South Carolina is now faced with Gonzaga, and can complete the sweep of a top 4 seed grouping.

So let’s start there, Carolina comes in the 7 seed and are playing unbelievably. The contrasting styles, the depth, and the guard play are three things that are going pivotal in this tilt. Thornwell is going to have to be the best player on the court. Nigel Williams-Goss is going to oppose him, and that’s got to be an exciting matchup. I am biting the bullet and sticking with the Cinderella, give me South Carolina in a great one.

Now to the other side of the bracket with Oregon and North Carolina, I am going to be short and sweet with this one. I like Carolina and I like Carolina big. The redemption they are looking for is going to be found here. They are too deep for Oregon, and have too many weapons. After what Luke Maye and Theo Pinson were able to do in the last game, they are just the next guys up. Before them they have Joel Berry and Justin Jackson. Brooks and Dorsey put up a fight, but it’s not enough.

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So the final will be a battle of the Carolinas. The redemption bid against the Cinderella story out of nowhere. Justin Jackson has his career defining game as the Heels win and get their redemption. Thornwell will have himself a night, but will not be able to get the job done. “The Ceiling is the roof”, or whatever MJ said will come to fruition. The Heels will not be denied this time around, Justin Jackson wins MOP.

“Wow, what a finish.” will be said by all.

Sweet and Elite

Wow. What a slew of games that we saw last week as a 1 and a couple of 2 seeds fell in this NCAA tournament. Villanova, Duke and Louisville all packed their bags early, heading back to their schools disappointed and ashamed.

Wisconsin, South Carolina and Michigan all have crashed the party and they did it in both dramatic and convincing fashion. We also have a clash of the titans in the south region, as seeds 1 through 4 all made it to the Sweet 16.

So let’s break down these sweet 16 games, and I will also give you my new picks for the final 4, since I had Duke in my final, my bracket is a bit busted. Here we go, let’s start up in the East.

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(8) Wisconsin vs (4) Florida

This is a great game that we would see in the Capital One Bowl during the college football season. Wisconsin led by Seniors Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes have brought Wisconsin back to the big time with their play in the first two games.  The Badgers have beaten Virginia Tech in a close one, and upset Villanova by 3 in a thriller.

Florida beat ETSU by 15 then smoked Virginia by 26. The Gators have been led by Junior forward Devin Robinson. Robinson has been a big time player for the Gators in this tournament. It’s an awesome matchup, and a tough one to pick. But I like Wisconsin in this one, that Senior leadership of Nigel Hayes is what will do it.

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I had neither of these teams in the Sweet 16, my matchup was USC-Duke. Boy I was wrong. Let me say this, I am not a Baylor Bear believer, but Jonathan Motley has been a force this year for the Bears. He is making me contemplate changing my mind about them. Baylor walked by NMSU by a bunch and squeaked by USC by 4.

South Carolina smoked Marquette by 20, and then took out Duke by 7. The Gamecocks led by Senior guard Sindarius Thornwell, had plenty of scoring in their game with Duke. The Gamecocks had 5 fellas in double figures, 4 with fifteen points or more. I like South Carolina, they’re coming off the impressive win against Duke, and I think if Thornwell gets hot early, then it will be a long night for the Bears.

So the Elite 8 game would pit (7) South Carolina vs (8) Wisconsin, let’s stick with the Badgers to the Final 4. Hayes and Koenig led them back to the kingdom and they’re back as one of the prime teams in the Big 10.

EAST WINNER: (8) WISCONSIN

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(4) West Virginia vs (1) Gonzaga

Gonzaga is in this game because the NCAA didn’t want them bowing out early again. That game against Northwestern was officiated horribly . I think Bob Huggins will coach West Virginia and put Gonzaga coach Mark Few’s mind into a pretzel. The duo of Jevon Carter and Nathan Adrien are what will put the Mountaineers over the top in this one. The Zags aren’t as good as people think they are. If I am wrong, I will admit that. But give me WVU and convincingly.

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I give Xavier all the credit in the world. They have beaten elite teams night in and night out. The Musketeers first took out Melo Trimble and Maryland then Dwayne Bacon and Florida State, now they get Arizona led by Allonzo Trier. Arizona has blown out North Dakota and slipped by St Mary’s. But this game could be a big one, if Xavier plays to their true potential, then I think they put up a fight. But then again, led by Trier and Lauri Markkanen, the Wildcats could blow this game into the stratosphere and it’ll be over at halftime. I like Arizona by at least 10.

My winner of the Elite 8 game of WVU and Arizona is going to be Arizona. I think Nathan Adrien will get into foul trouble early, and that could crush the hopes of WVU. They’ll close the deficit but Trier and company will be just too much.

WEST WINNER: (2) ARIZONA

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(5) Purdue vs (1) Kansas

Kansas may be the most complete team in this region with Frank Mason and Joshua Jackson. Jackson has had big tournament with big play after big play. Kansas should get their first true test with the Boilermakers on Thursday night.

Caleb Swanigan and Vince Edwards are the duo who I think could give the Jayhawks their toughest match-up in the tourney thus far. Swanigan has at least a double-double a game and Edwards has dropped 20. This could mean Landon Lucas and Devonte Graham will need to be huge for the Jayhawks.

Who’s my pick? I like Kansas by 7 or 8, much closer game than the 2 previous match-ups for Kansas, but I do reserve the right to say if Josh Jackson heats up early, this one could be a double-digit blowout.

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This game is the biggest one in the career of Dillon Brooks. This game is the legacy game I think for the guard. Brooks and company will face a Michigan team that will have overcome basically every obstacle in their way.

But do the Ducks have someone that can stop Moritz Wagner? I don’t think so, it will be one of those big man on one side and a guard on the other side games. Brooks got help from the other guard Tyler Dorsey against Rhode Island, and he will need all the help he can get in this one. Michigan on the other hand has won a majority of their games in the second half, if they wait that long, they will be blown away. I just flipped a coin and I like the Ducks by 2.

I think Kansas walks out of the Midwest. They boast way too much firepower. Jackson and Mason will eat the Oregon duo alive.

MIDWEST WINNER: (1) KANSAS

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(4) Butler vs (1) UNC

I won’t lie, I think this game comes down to the possible match-up of Kelan Martin for Butler and Justin Jackson for UNC. I think Jackson is most likely the most underrated player in the entire country and Kelan Martin is the most unnamed good player in the country.

Butler needs Martin to take over this game from buzzer to buzzer.  Then again, the starting five that UNC trots out is arguably the best in the nation. After a scare from Arkansas, I don’t think the Heels fool around with Butler, and escape with a 5 or 6 point win.

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The rematch we did not think we would get to see. Bruins vs. Wildcats was a thriller earlier this season, with the Bruins leaving Rupp Arena with a win. The Monk-Fox tag-team will have to be at its utmost best from start to finish. This could be the game of the tournament, a true matchup of stars that could give us another rematch. My big pick was Kentucky and I’m sticking with it. The Cats win by 8 as Lonzo Ball has an off game, and TJ Leaf gets into early foul trouble.

I am sticking with Kentucky, no other way to put it.

MIDWEST WINNER: (2) KENTUCKY

 

 

College Football Scores and Predictions

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have once again picked a group of duds and not diamond studs. I went a pitiful 1-4 record last week and I am ashamed of myself. But we have a new week, and a new Jack (figuratively speaking).

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My lone correct pick was Tennessee, thank you Josh Dobbs and that beautiful Hail Mary pass. That must have been the most beautiful ball I have ever seen thrown. That thing was spiraling beautifully into the receivers arms and I have to say, I shed somewhat of a tear. But no one else beside the Vols gave me help in the win column, so special shout-out to them.

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Houston sits right now at number 6 in the polls as they head to Annapolis and take on the Midshipmen of Navy. This my friends is my lock of the week. I LOVE the Cougars this week and QB Greg Ward. Ward is due for a 5-6 touchdown game, and I think it comes this week. Navy is 3-1 on the year, but they’re running into a freight train in Houston. Look for Houston and the over in this game. Houston is averaging 44 points, a game and they’re favored by 17.5 right now. Take them and the 17.5 like I am, its a LOCK.

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The QB dual of the week goes to Tennessee and Texas A&M. I am in agreement with the analyst (and everyone in the country) when I say these two teams are Alabama’s biggest threat in the SEC. So Jack, what is the match-up? We get Josh Dobbs vs Trevor Knight, and let me say that this is a heavyweight fight between two premier guys. I was down on Dobbs but man has he proved himself. While Knight is in a career resurgence since joining A&M. A&M are five point favorites in this one, that should shrink down to like 2-3 by Saturday, and I really am stuck when I have to make a pick on this one. It may come down to Tennessee defender Derek Barnett, he’s the X-factor in this one. I think this kid is a future first rounder but he needs to be a factor for the Vols to win this game.

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UNC was the team who decided to take my lock of the week and smash it relentlessly to pieces against Florida State last week. FSU storms back, takes the lead and it looks like rainbows and sunshine for my lock. Then BOOM, UNC daggers a FG late and the Heels were heading back to Chapel Hill with a victory. This week the Heels are ranked and await a matchup with Virginia Tech. Chapel Hill will be rocking when the 25th ranked Hokies come to town. This is the Mitch Trubisky coming out party. The Heel’s QB is on a roll this year with 13 TD’s and ZERO interceptions. The Hokies are unbeaten since getting smoked by Tennessee in Bristol, TN. They need a big game out of QB Jerod Evans, who has thrown 13 TD’s as well and just 1 INT. This game is a huge one in the ACC, and could cause a massive swing in the ACC standings.

Pick time, the first number before the team refers to ranking, then their record then the last number are the points scored.

6th ranked (5-0) Houston 52– (3-1) Navy 23

8th ranked (5-0) TAMU 42– 9th ranked (5-0) Tennessee 28

17th ranked  (4-1) UNC 45– 25th ranked (3-1) Va Tech 17

1st ranked (5-0) Alabama 35– 16th ranked (4-1) Arkansas 17

10th ranked (5-0) Miami 23– 23rd ranked (3-2) FSU 16

20th ranked (2-2) Oklahoma 48– (2-2) Texas 10

 

 

The Round Up and Look Into Week 2

WOW! ESPN was not wrong when they said this would be the best opening weekend of games. A bunch of teams impressed me and a few shocked me. I have to say, usually with a bunch of nationally televised games, you usually get a dud or two in there. This time around, there wasn’t a dud among the diamonds. My official record for picks for the weekend was 2-3. Not the best, but I will most certainly take it. This week however there are not many pickable games, so that sort of stinks. But let’s recap what we saw in Week 1.

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I told you Alabama would roll, and the Tide rolled to a blowout victory over USC. It will be interesting to see how USC responds after this embarrassing loss. ‘Bama did not look good in the first half, but turned it on in the second half. Thats the tale of Nick Saban’s career, always having a team that could do a lot more in the first half. Then comes out in the second half and blows the victim out of the water.

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Greg Ward Jr. and Nick Chubb will both be names to watch in the Heisman race. Both guys were big parts for their teams getting the job done in their neutral site wars. Chubb, may have overtaken Leonard Fournette as the best RB in the SEC with his performance against UNC. For Ward Jr., he led Houston over OU, and I got to say came to play. Get that team in the Big 12, they deserve it.

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LSU and Wisconsin was a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be. Corey Clement and Bart Houston are names to watch folks, that’s the RB and QB combo for the Badgers. How in the world I overlooked this one, especially with it being from Lambeau is mind-blowing. Leonard Fournette was stuffed like a turkey, and could not get anything other than a 30 yard burst in the second half.

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FSU and Texas both overcame insurmountable odds too. I picked FSU and was pumped to see that comeback. But whenever ND loses, I get a lot happier. Texas is back folks. Good for head coach Charlie Strong. If QB Shane Buechele continues to sling the rock around with Tyrone Swoopes in the wildcat, the Longhorns are a scary bunch to watch.

599438004So let’s get to the 2 games I really like in Week 2.

First game will be live from Bristol Motor Speedway as the 17th ranked Tennessee Volunteers faces the visiting Virginia Tech Hokies. Both teams were very underwhelming in their openers because they had step-stool games. But now this is where you lay down the lumber. Especially for the Hokies and QB Jerod Evans, if you win in Knoxville you can be considered a massive threat. This game is a coin flip for me, it’s also a big game for Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs. Dobbs needs to be the X-factor for the Vols, I just don’t know if he has it in him.

The other game comes from Ann Arbor, Michigan. The 5th ranked Michigan Wolverines get the UCF Knights. Both teams are coming off blowout victories and will look to capitalize on that momentum. I really like Michigan based off home field advantage, UCF might really get overwhelmed by the Big House. UCF QB Justin Holman had 2 TD’s last week, but threw 14-28, those are Sam Bradford numbers. He is going to have to be a lot better this week if the Knights want a chance. I like Harbaugh and the Wolverines by at least 10.

My Picks

VA Tech over Tennessee: 24-14

Michigan over UCF: 38-10

I would give a quick little Heisman breakdown, but it’s only week 2. I will have one by week 4 at the earliest. That’s usually when the contenders come out to play.

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-Jack Corsi (@corsi_light)