Oh how sweet it is. Thursday features the beginning of the NCAA regional semifinals… more affectionately called the Sweet 16. Can anyone beat Kentucky? Which grumpy old coach will advance between Roy Williams & Bo Ryan? Will the teacher (Sean Miller) or the pupil (Chris Mack) advance to the Elite Eight? Will Wichita State get to avenge last season’s perfection-ending loss to Kentucky? We will find out tonight.
People have been trying to find the blue print to beating coach Calipari’s undefeated Kentucky team all season. The general consensus seems to be that they are too big, too deep, and too well coached; however, the beauty of the NCAA tournament is that the right matchup on the right day can be the end to any team’s run. There seems to be a lot of excitement about Bob Huggins’ press-happy West Virginia as a Sweet 16 upset for the Wildcats, when Huggy Bear was asked if his press would work he said “I don’t know, I hope so. It’s going to be a long day for us if we can’t.” A pretty reasonable response when taking on a team unlike any other in the country. Mountaineers freshman guard Daxter Miles Jr. had a lot more confidence, “Salute them to getting to 36-0. But tomorrow they’re gonna be 36-1.” I have no issue with being sure of yourself & your team, but why would you poke the bear? West Virginia better fight like this news team.
Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes has been a great player all season, but he has been an even more entertaining spokesperson for the Badgers. Every time he gets up to the mic he lists bizarre words, like cattywampus, to try and trip up the NCAA stenographers. However, Wednesday the tables were turned.
On the other side of the matchup, it’s always nice to have His Airness as an alumnus. The Tar Heels will be rocking these kicks.
Shrek & Donkey
First, there were the wonderful animated characters Shrek and Donkey, then Big Baby Davis and Nate Robinson became Shrek and Donkey on the Celtics, but now featuring the new and improved big-little pairing. Lionel Messi was at the Wizards game Wednesday as they took on the Pacers. Plenty of tall people to choose from at a basketball game… but before the game Messi got to meet Gheorghe Muresan, the tallest player in NBA history at 7’7″. Muresan is a former Bullet and is still close with many of the players on the current Wizards roster. Just for reference, Messi is 5’7″.
Cutch Me If You Can
Andrew McCutchen is not only a former MVP, but also had perhaps the most signature hair in the MLB. Surprise, new ‘do!