Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Introducing, Bracket Big!

We here at the big and the brown have many faces, many "talents," and many loves. Bloging has become a hobby to the both of us. We don't do it for money, or fame, but just to entertain, and talk sports and the like.

College basketball is like picking up a girl at a party. Its fun, its exciting, you never know what your going to get, yet you know it probably won't last very long. I have watched about 3 college basketball games so far this season. That's it, just 3. I'm no expert, I read the websits, follows who's hot, watch the highlights, but that's about it.



I do, like most sports fan's, love march madness however. I will glue myself in front of the TV for 4 straight days the first 2 rounds of the tourney. I will make claims like "i think that 12 seed has a chance," and "the nba is drooling over this guy right now."

As an attempt to get everybody ready for the big dance, I will periodical let you know about some good games, good teams, and players to watch on a given night, so you can too can look smarter than you are when talking brackets with your buddies at work. Enjoy.

Tonight, we have 3 teams, maybe 4 that will be big players come march. So watch ESPN tonight, or at least read the box score in the morning.

Game 1. 6:00. Ohio State at No. 12 Indiana ESPN.
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We have all heard about that dumb ass Kelvin Sampson, but if the N C double Ass Holes let the Hoosiers play in the dance, then they are a great 3-5 seed that could take it too the house. They are led by Freshmen guard Eric Gordon, who draft "experts" have going in the top 10 next year if he comes out. 21.5 points per game from the off guard in college is crazy. He's a bit small at 6-4, and tends to get swallowed up by bigger guys, but if he gets hot this team can roll anybody.

When Gordon isn't there, Senor forward D.J. White is. 17 points and over 10 rebounds a game from the 6-9 forward give Indiana a great inside outside game, that is vital for a long march run.

Ohio State on the other hand, is 17-10, 8-6 in the Big Ten and squarly on the bubble. Losing 4 out of there last 6 may have them on the outside looking in. Counting tonight they have 4 games left need to win at least 3 to have a chance before the conference tourney.

What to watch: Kosta Koufos F/C OSU vs. D.J. White F Ind. If the freshmen Koufos can keep White off the boards, OSU has a chance.

Game 2. 8:00 PM ESPN No. 1 Tennessee at No. 14 Vanderbilt
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This game will be a great one to find out how good Tennessee really is. They beat Memphis 3 days ago to take the number 1 spot, and now they have in state rival Vanderbilt on the road.

Vandy is looking at somewhere between a 3-5 slot in the tourney, with a shot at the 2 slot if they win out. Vandy only has 4 "l's" to go with their 23 wins, but all were in conference, 3 of them were blow outs, and all on the road, including getting beat by Tenn by 20 earlier in the year. Shan Foster, Sr, G/F is the primary scorer for the Commodores at 19 a clip. The team goes pretty much how he goes, in their 3 blowout losses he has 14, 7, and 14 points.

Tennessee is 25-2, with the 2 losses coming from Kentucky, and a blowout early season loss to Texas. This team can play any style of play, as proved last Saturday when they beat previously unbeaten Memphis 66-62. There were times in that game that Tennessee had to run with Memphis and time when they slowed it down to control the clock. They are led by the three headed monster of Guard Chris Lofton, Guard JaJuan Smith, and Forward Tyler Smith. They all average over 13 points a game, the two guards a Senors, and Tyler Smith is a soph.

Match up to watch. A.J. Ogilvy Freshman, Vandy vs. Wayne Chism Soph. Tenn.

Chism went for 18 points and 18 rebounds last time these guys met, out playing the bigger Australian true Center.

Watch these games, tell me what you think. So far I'm not sure that Tenn is capable of going all the way, even after the Memphis win, but let me know.

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