Alright everyone, it’s that time of year again.
The time when heroes become legends, and mid-majors become household names for a lifetime.
It’s the NCAA tournament, affectionately known as “March Madness.”
Now while I am a sports fantatic, I am in no way shape, form, or fashion the expert when it comes to picking brackets.
I mean of course I picked VCU to make the final four last year, and I called George Mason to make the magical run it did, including beating UConn to make the final four.
Yeah, let’s be honest, I didn’t come anywhere close to picking either of those.
Don’t get me started either on Butler making the finals twice, that was non-existent on my bracket, as I digress.
Anyways, with this year’s tournament upon us, and more parody in existence than ever before, it’s anyone’s guess who is going to be dancing in Georgia come the end of the tournament.
Here’s just a little bit of knowledge I can divulge when it comes to picking in 2013.
1. Don’t pick a No. 16 seed.
For those of us who have been doing this longer than we can remember, this is common sense.
But, for those beginners who are afraid of not getting any games right in their respective pools, I can assure you that picking the No. 1 seed in its first game will at least give you four games right.
No 16-seed has ever defeated at top-seed in the opening round, with 16-seeds sporting an overall record of 0-112 in the NCAA tournament.
The closest occurrence the underdog had to winning was in 1996 when Western Carolina lost to Purdue 73-71.
Now, in the Women’s NCAA tournament a 16-seed has topped a 1-seed, with Harvard taking down Stanford in 1998.
2. Don’t pick straight chalk.
I know it’s easy and simple to pick the favorites, especially all the way to the final four.
But, if you want to win your pool, you need to pick against the favorites sometimes.
There’s plenty of talk about how this season could see no No. 1 seeds even make the final four, but again the choice is yours.
Now here is how I’m picking in my brackets so far, yes I said brackets.
I’m avoiding Michigan in the first round and going with South Dakota State.
As much as I like Gonzaga, they will probably not make the Final Four, but they at least get over the hump and make the Elite 8.
Another upset special of mine is Belmont over Arizona, I just have this gut feeling about Belmont, much like I do with the Golden Gophers from Minnesota.
This last one might be a little far-fetched, but I like Valparaiso to knock off Michigan State.
With Bryce Drew at the helm of Valpo, I see his team re-creating the magic they did several years ago in the NCAA tournament.
Take this advice for what it is worth, but use your own judgement wisely in selecting your brackets.
Alright everyone, it’s that time of year again.
Bronchos deliver big victory
No. 12 Central High kicked off its season in dominant fashion, winning 12-3 versus Elmore City-Pernell Friday.
The game was originally supposed to at Elmore City, but their fields were still damaged from the rainfall earlier this week. So the Bronchos hosted the matchup, but Central High coach Jeff Jones still allowed his opponents to be the home team.
Comanche opens with rivalry game
First-year head coach Brent Crow started out the first Comanche baseball practice of the year Saturday asking his players if it would be possible for them to come a half-hour early on Sunday.
The Indians have just two practices before they open up against No. 3 rival Marlow at home Monday, and Crow needs as much time with the players as possible. The players agreed to come at 1:30 p.m. instead of 2, but Crow knows getting ready for the Outlaws in two days will still be a tough task.
Demon track athletes tested right away
The Duncan boys track team placed seventh out of 20 teams at a meet in Norman Friday.
Those teams included last year’s Class 6A state champion Broken Arrow and runner-up Edmond Memorial, the top five teams at last year’s Class 5A state meet and defending 4A state champion Plainview.
Boys tennis ties for third at Ada
The Duncan boys tennis team tied for third at a tournament in Ada Friday.
The Demons and McAlester each scored 42 points, with Carl Albert and Deer Creek tying for second with 43 each. Heritage Hall won the tourney with 61.
Demons keep it close against Southmoore
The Duncan boys soccer team challenged a tough Class 6A Southmoore squad on the road, losing 3-0.
Duncan kept it scoreless for much of the first half, but gave up two late goals. Demon coach Marcus Williams said the team had a couple of mental breakdowns but played well overall.
10 players named Oilfield all stars
There will be 10 players representing Stephens County schools Bray-Doyle and Velma-Alma in the boys and girls Oilfield Conference All-Star games Monday night at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Velma-Alma coach Kenny Bare will coach the girls game, which will include his own players Samantha Moore, Kaylie Keenan, Teddi Southerland, Ariah Johnson and Bita Humphreys. The players were selected by the eight conference coaches.
Comets can’t pull out upset
When Velma-Alma senior Conner Sullivan hit a halfcourt shot at the halftime buzzer to trim Glencoe’s lead, the Panthers, who had gone 57-1 in the last 58 games had to be thinking “oh no, here we go again.”
Comanche can’t close out Alva
It wasn’t the way No. 8 Comanche basketball wanted its season to end, but with a 64-62 loss to No. 10 Alva Thursday, the Indians headed home after the first round of the Class 3A area tournament.
Youth bowlers are state runners-up
Duncan’s high school bowlers took second at the state tournament.
Girls golfers second at Guthrie
The Duncan girls didn’t play under ideal conditions at the Guthrie tournament Thursday, but claimed second as a team.
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