Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Midwest Region Preview
Georgetown and Villanova highlight the Midwest Region's Big East participants this year. There are a bunch of other teams in this bracket, from a variety of conferences including the Big XII and the West Coast Conference. But none of that really matters, does it? This region is about two things.
Two things this region is about
: Beasley & Mayo. Mayo & Beasley. Put them in any order you wish to, as long as you put Beasley first, because he's better. That's not to take anything away from Mayo, because he's an excellent player as well and stands as the only player in major college basketball who's name represents both Orange Juice and Mayonnaise. But, Beasley's better, and Kansas State should win despite their athletic department having never found a replacement for departed coach Bob Huggins.
The Big Ten is terrible: How else do you explain Wisconsin as a three seed? They're 29-4, have two losses away from home, and dominated the Big Ten. Normally that translates to a 1 seed. This year, that translates to purgatory in Omaha while nobody in the building knows that anybody besides Michael Beasley and O.J. Mayo are present.
Teams in the Midwest Region: Michael Beasley, O.J. Mayo, and Clemson
Teams that can win the Midwest Region: Michael Beasley, O.J. Mayo, and Clemson
Teams that are better than Clemson: Michael Beasley
Predicted Final Four Representative: Michael Beasley
Early Upset: We're going out on a limb here, against popular opinion, and picking Siena to beat Vanderbilt. Did you know that Siena beat Stanford earlier in the year?
Picture of Biff Tannen and Michael Beasley: