I shouldn't be such a blabbermouth. After boasting about going 5-0 in week 4 of the "What's Your College Knowledge?" basketball contest in my last post, said blabbermouth shot a solid brick, and came in with an underwhelming 2-3 post (16-9 for the season). And speaking of blabbermouth's, Alex Balcerski of RideThePine.com fame (pictured left) will be sharing picking detail with me today. Before we get to that foolishness, I do have a winner of a $50 Original Retro Gift card to announce, and that person is Kevin Crane of Dripping Springs, TX. "The Crane" was one of two entries to run the table last week (Bob Jaye of Gainesville Florida was the other), and was chosen the winner by virtue of a tie-breaker drawing. Based on his comment, it looks like we made his day -"Cool Beans - I'm having a suckish day at work and this is the first thing to go right!" Happy we could help & congrats Kevin!
As is our weekly ritual, it is now time to post the contest rules for those just joining us for the first time, and for those who have played before, but can't remember...
1) Every Monday or Tuesday, I will post my 5 top college basketball games of the week and give you my predicted winners and why.
2) You will enter your picks for the same games (no point spreads; straight up wins & losses) in the “leave a reply/Comment” section at the end of this post no later than tip-off time for the first scheduled game. ****ONE ENTRY PER PERSON ONLY!!****
3) Each following Monday or Tuesday I will announce which person picked the most winners, and that person will win a $50 Original Retro Brand Gift Card! In the event of a tie, all of the entries will be entered into a drawing to determine a winner. If I beat everybody, nobody wins – this HAS never happened!
Also note that regardless of Alex from RideThePine.com pickin' here, you still have to beat ME to be eligible for the Gift Card. Alex and I will be going head to head all the way through March Madness, and have some unseemly side stuff we're working on. I'll share the details with you on that next week. TO THE GAMES!
ALEX - GAME 1: 2/23 - # 5 DUKE (23-4) @ # 15 Florida State (19-7): I hate Duke. HATE! I'll never forgive them for ruining my childhood when they beat UNLV and stopped their back-to-back undefeated run. I'll never forgive them for ruining the Fab Five's hopes and dreams as Freshmen. But Duke is hot after that buzzer-beater win over UNC and looking for payback. As much as it pains me, Duke wins (I just threw up in my mouth).
ANDY: How's that taste sir? The Noles have the Dukey's (Dooky's ?) number - Beat 'em last year on their home court and will do it again. Pitchfork-smitchfork - Fear the Spear! SEMINOLES - 64, BLUE DEVILS - 61.
ALEX - GAME 2: 2/23 - # 17 Louisville (21-6) @ Cincinnati (19-8): Every game that Louisville plays, I hold out hope that Rick Pitino will rock that all-white suit again. The only thing that could top that is an all-red suit. Wait, what are we talking about again? Oh yeah, basketball. Louisville struggled against DePaul just a few days ago and the Bearcats are rolling, fighting for a spot in the dance. Cincy wins in a Nick Van Exel upset special.
ANDY: Your pick just isn't "suit-able" Get it? Pitino's suits? Ok, that's beside the point. You forget the Cardinals lost that DePaul game in OT, and had nearly beat # 2 Syracuse the game before losing by just one point. CARDINALS - 70, BEARCATS -65.
ALEX - GAME 3: 2/23 - Brigham Young (11-3) @ Gonzaga (11-3): Shawn Bradley is the highest draft pick to come out of either of these schools. Sad. Gonzaga has had a long history of great players, but the first thing that pops into my mind when I hear Gonzaga is Dan Dickau's wife. Google her. Top 10 hottest basketball wives ever. How do you cheer against that? Zags.
ANDY: Googled. I can't argue with your top 10 assessment which is indisputable, but I'm still picking the Cougs. Rookie WCC member makes statement that they're the new # 1 in town. COUGARS - 64, BULLDOGS - 58
ALEX - GAME 4: 2/25 - # 3 Missouri (25-2) @ # 4 Kansas (22-5): I didn't miss a second of Mizzou's win over Kansas earlier in the season. One of the best games of the year. This is a bitter rivalry that potentially could be coming to an end with Mizzou leaving to go to the SEC which has angered Kansas. Like never play again, ever, angry. I can't imagine Kansas losing this game at home. Too much pride. Kansas.
ANDY: Oh the pain. That is for Missouri when they play SEC football. AND for the beatdown they'll take at Allen Fieldhouse. AND for me agreeing with you on a pick. JAYHAWKS - 78, TIGERS - 65.
ALEX - GAME 5: 2/27 - # 20 Notre Dame (19-8) @ # 9 Georgetown (20-5): I wonder how many matching tie/highlighters that former Notre Dame head coach Digger Phelps owns? Anyway, this is going to be the game of the week. The Hoyas have a great defense and Notre Dame just overcame a twenty point deficit against Villanova. I wouldn't be surprised if this game goes into OT. Georgetown wins because I have an East coast bias.
ANDY: Forget your East Coast bias - what's with your suit and tie fetish? Stick with Original Retro Brand shirts buddy! The only Bulldogs I like come from Georgia and that's that. FIGHTING IRISH - 64, HOYAS - 60.
Ok, we're both done. Thanks to Alex for joining me this week (and the upcoming weeks) and I highly recommend you check his website and LIKE them on Facebook before submitting your picks. We have a new poll over on the right too. Please VOTE!
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