NCAA Sweet 16 Preview: 3/28/13

images#3 Marquette vs. #2 Miami 7:15pm CBS
The Hurricanes play great defense and have a chip on their shoulder from getting snubbed for a #1 seed. They will be tested against a very tough Marquette team and this could be the game of the Sweet 16. I love the Canes, but I am going with Marquette in a close one.

#6 Arizona vs. #2 Ohio State 7:47pm TBS
The Wildcats were my pick for the West before the tourney and I’m not changing it now. They will be pressed by the Buckeyes, but the Wildcats got the horses to win. They are a complete team and will move past the Buckeyes and into the Elite 8
untitled#4 Syracuse vs. #1 Indiana 9:45pm CBS
Syracuse’s zone will give the Hoosiers some problems and I think this will be the toughest game for the Hoosiers in the tourney. That being said, the Hoosiers are the most complete team in the game today and they will get by the Orangemen.

#13 LaSalle vs. #9 Wichita State 10:17pm CBS
LaSalle lives and dies by their guard play and the Shockers use their bigs to muscle around. People are down on this game because it lacks big name flair, but it should be fun to watch. I think the LaSalle guards will be able to score points and keep the Wichita bigs away from the basket.

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The Morning Dump: 3/26/13

imagesThe Heat’s streak is at 27 games and I can’t wait for Sunday night’s matchup @ the Spurs.  Can Duncan and the boys stop the streak?

Tiger Woods ins at Bay Hill and becomes the #1 ranked golfer in the world again.  Woods isn’t striking the ball very well by his standards, but he is putting lights out.  When Tiger is dropping putts, he can’t lose.

Denny Hamlin suffered a spinal fracture in the wreck on Sunday and there is no word yet on how much time he will miss.  Do you think a Safer Barrier is getting put up at Fontana as we speak?

Tubby Smith is out in Minnesota and Shaka Smart is on the buzz list.

tsWoes for Stewart-Haas Racing.

I think the Carson Palmer era of the Oakland Raiders is over and the Geno Smith era is about to begin.

Team USA is going into Mexico tonight and hopes to steal a huge win.

 

 

 

The Morning Dump: 3/25/13

imagesKyle Busch wins in Fontana as Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin wreck fighting for the win.  Denny is still in the hospital (back) and this Logano/Hamlin feud is not going away.

Tony Stewart went after Logano after the race for doing exactly what Stewart would have done.  I like the new “I’m standing up for myself” Logano.

FGCU is this first #15 seed to ever make the Sweet 16 and “Dunk City” is becoming the nation’s favorite team.

hicksNew Minnesota Twins center fielder, Aaron Hicks is going to be a MVP very soon.  Mark it down.

The Ravens have finally made a move that helps their team and signed Elvis Dumervil.  Some Ravens players are even using the dreaded “Dream Team” line.

The WBC has stepped up and will pay the salaries of the players injured in the WBC Classic while they are out.  Surprising move to say the least.

Only 6 days away from Sunday night’s MLB opener of the Rangers vs. Astros.

Tiger Woods has to wait to today to get a win at Bay Hill due to weather scratching Sunday’s round.

 

NCAA 2nd Round Preview and Picks 3/24/13

images#10 Iowa St. vs. #2 Ohio St. 12:15pm CBS

Iowa State is going to try to spread the floor, put up a ton of threes and they are the kind of team that can pull off an upset, but I don’t see the Buckeyes losing today.  Their smaller lineup will not let the Cyclones dictate the pace.

#9 Temple vs. #1 Indiana 2:45pm CBS

Temple has some upset potential, but the Hoosiers are bigger, stronger, faster and can score in bunches.  The Hoosiers are on the fast track to a Final 4 and the Owls aren’t going to slow them down.

#8 UNC vs. #1 Kansas 5:15pm CBS

The Tarheels are not a good matchup for the Jayhawks.  They have the horses to spread the floor and their bigs can play on the perimeter.  That will force Withey away from the basket.  The problem with the Heels is predicting which team shows up.  Heels win.

#11 Minnesota vs. #3 Florida 6:10pm TNT Continue reading

NCAA 2nd Round Preview and Picks 3/23/13

images#5 VCU vs. #4 Michigan 12:15pm CBS

VCU pressure vs. Michigan tempo.  The Rams are going to try to force the Wolverines into turnovers, but the Wolverines are the nations best at not turning it over.  This will be the game of the day and Michigan’s guard play will prevail.

#6 Memphis vs. #3 MSU 2:45pm CBS

I’m a fan of Joe Jackson and Memphis, but they are in trouble vs. the Spartans.  I have never bet against MSU when a Sweet 16 spot is on the horizon and I won’t start today.  Izzo and the Spartans move on.

#8 Colorado St. vs. #1 Louisville 5:15pm CBS

A #1 seed will fall today, but it won’t be the Cardinals.  Senior heavy teams can pull tourney upsets and the Rams can rebound with anyone, but the talent level isn’t there.  Cards win.

Azizona#14 Harvard vs. #6 Arizona 6:10pm TNT

I saw the Harvard upset coming, but the run ends here. (Tip for next season: Harvard will make an Elite 8 run)  The Wildcats are my Final 4 pick in the West and their athletes will be able to control Harvard’s small lineup.

#12 Oregon vs. #4 St. Louis 7:10pm TBS Continue reading

TSD 2013 NFL MOCK DRAFT 3/23/13

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It’s time for another NFL Mock Draft from The Sports Dump.  Free agency is shaking out and team’s draft boards are changing with every signing.  The combine is over and the pro days are in full effect, so we are getting a good look at all these guys.

2013 NFL MOCK DRAFT (FREE AGENCY EDITION)

1

KC

LUKE JOECKEL, OT TEX A&M The Chiefs are looking to move their LT (Albert) and are looking to replace him with Joeckel or Fisher.

2

JAX

DION JORDAN, DE ORE Jax needs a pass rusher and Jordan will be a versatile QB pounder in the NFL.

3

OAK

SHARRIF FLOYD, DT UF Floyd is the biggest beneficiary of Lotulelei health scare.

4

PHI

ERIC FISHER, OT CMU Vick will not be their opening day QB and they will need to protect whoever that guy is.

5

DET

DEE MILLINER, CB BAMA Future Shutdown Corner.  Could go Mingo here also.  In fact Milliner and Mingo will go 5 and 6, but the order isn’t set.

6

CLE

BARKEVIOUIS MINGO, DE LSU

7

ARI

MATT BARKLEY, QB USC The Cards have to get a QB and they will be happy with Barkley.  He can move with the ball and is a plus pocket passer. Continue reading