It’s almost that time. Tonight we begin Elite Eight play and by Sunday night we’ll have the answer as to who the last four remaining teams will be. While we haven’t had any traditional Cinderella in this tournament, most games played out the way they probably should have and as a result we have four awesome matchups to feast on this weekend. Let’s start today with my predictions for Saturday’s games, because I’m important and you care what I think:
Kentucky vs. NOTRE DAME (+11)
I think Notre Dame will put up a good fight against Big Blue, and ultimately win against the spread. 11 points is pretty generous for a game at this level of the tourney, but in the end I just don’t think Zach Auguste will be any match for Karl-Anthony Towns, and Kentucky most likely pulls it out.
WISCONSIN (+1) vs. Arizona
I tend to not give the Badgers enough credit, and that’s more of a personal character flaw than anything else. Truth of the matter is, though, that they are very good and fairly deep. They are a great free throw shooting team, and that bodes extremely well for them should it be a close game down the stretch. Bronson Koenig, Sam Dekker, Traevon Jackson, Frank Kaminsky. Everywhere you look there’s someone that can score the rock, and I think it may give Arizona some trouble. Brandon Ashley in particular, should he match up with Kaminsky at all, may struggle. I like Wisconsin straight up in this game, but I’ll take a point if you’re giving it to me.
Wayne Blackshear, Sportsman of the Year
Wayne Blackshear was asked a question that he thought was stupid. He wasn’t shy about it.
Can someone check to see if that reporter is still alive?
NO TOM, NO. BAD TOM. NO.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING. EXCUSE ME FOR NOT THINKING WE HAD TO TELL YOU CLIFF JUMPING IS A BAD IDEA.
BREAKING: AARON HERNANDEZ SIGNS WITH BALTIMORE RAVENS FOR 3 YEARS, $1 BILLION.
No, not yet anyway. But if he gets off on the Murder 1 charges brought against him, and somehow gets off the DOUBLE murder that he’ll likely be tried for next year, it wouldn’t shock me. The Hernandez trial has been underway now for a few weeks, and yesterday was the day that the chips all could have fallen. Hernandez’s fiancee Shayanna Jenkins took the stand yesterday and testified, though hardly did much that could be of any use to the prosecution thus far. The real question is whether or not she will be able to “remember” what was in the box that she disposed of at Hernandez’s request, and if the contents of that box contained any piece of evidence directly tying Hernandez to the murder. Something tells me her memory might fail her that day, given the fact that she’s been openly in support of the former Patriot tight end since the beginning. Time will tell.