Has there been a void in your life? Has existence seemed empty and pointless since Sunday? Have you wanted something to fill that dark, gaping hole deep within your soul?
Well, good news! The NCAA Tournament is back to satiate your desire to live after several days. Thursday night will bring us the first four games in this year's Regional Semifinals, or "Sweet Sixteen," as those in the know call it. The schedule looks a little something like this:
No. 7 Wichita State vs. No. 3 Notre Dame
|Midwest||7:15 P.M. EST||CBS||Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, OH)|
|No. 4 North Carolina vs. No. 1 Wisconsin||West||7:47 P.M. EST||TBS||Staples Center (Los Angeles, CA)|
|No. 5 West Virginia vs. No. 1 Kentucky||Midwest||9:45 P.M. EST||CBS||Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, OH)|
|No. 6 Xavier vs. No. 2 Arizona||West||10:17 P.M. EST||TBS||Staples Center (Los Angeles, CA)|
Between you and me, this is the far superior day of Sweet Sixteen hoops. All four games should be somewhere between "pretty solid" and "absolutely spectacular." My picks:
- Wichita State is the most underrated team in this tournament. I love Notre Dame, but give me WSU, as long as Gregg Marshall isn't sidetracked by his impending job offer from Alabama.
- UNC has some sneaky upset potential, but without Kennedy Meeks at 100 percent, I can't see them stopping Frank Kaminsky and Wisconsin. Hell, even if he is at 100 percent he's probably not stopping Kaminsky. Give me the Badgers.
- I have Kentucky winning it all. Kentucky's winning. I hope.
- MATT STAINBROOK. If you don't know him, get to knowing him, because he's going to run your local rec league in 15 years (provided you live in the same town as him). However, Arizona is going to win. That defense is flaaaaaames.
If you can't watch the games on the television for whatever reason, you can check out the official NCAA March Madness Live app on your mobile device or your computer.
This here post will act as your open thread for tonight's action. Check back in a little closer to tip and let's talk hoops.