The Double Bonus: First Four Picks

#16 UNC-Asheville v. #16 Arkansas-Little Rock

TIM: I’ve never been to Little Rock, but Asheville’s a heck of a town. I’ve never been there either, but I knew someone from there, and they were pretty cool. Also, UALR was a .500 team in a down year for the Sun Belt.

JOHN: How dare you insult the Sun Belt?! I’m going to pick UALR for three reasons: 1) To be different. 2) I don’t like picking any UNC, no matter where it’s located. 3) Bill Clinton.

#12 UAB v. #12 Clemson

TIM: How about it, John? Not only did I nail that Clemson would make the field unexpectedly before the season, but I also had them in a play-in game! There has been much gnashing of teeth over the selection of UAB, and with good reason. The Tigers are peaking, and strangely enough, I like Brad Brownell — 0-3 in Tourney games — as a coach a lot more than Mike Davis — one-time national runner-up.

JOHN: Man, remember that national title game? Such a boring one… Anyway, I like UAB because it always seems like the teams everyone frets over making the field end up winning a game or two more than they should. This doesn’t justify including the Blazers or anything, but it’s enough for the Tigers’ Tournament winless streak to continue.

#16 UT-San Antonio v. #16 Alabama State

TIM: I haven’t seen them play, but I’m willing to go out on a limb and call Alabama State a terrible team. The Hornets couldn’t win the SWAC — a truly terrible conference that was dominated this season by Texas Southern — and they’ve lost in the play-in game before. UTSA isn’t much better, but their nickname is the Roadrunners, so they’re more fun.

JOHN: Really, their nickname is the Roadrunners? It’s too bad Alabama State’s isn’t “the Coyotes”—that would be fitting. Anyway, I’m picking San Antonio because of the professional play of Tim Duncan and the scoring ability of Manu Ginobili—oh wait…

#11 USC v. #11 VCU

TIM: Is this game in LA or Richmond? Wait, it isn’t the first round of the NIT? VCU’s better than people think (even if its resume isn’t), and they’ll make Trojans 0-2 in the First Four.

JOHN: For understandable reasons, I don’t like the idea of picking VCU, so I’ll take the Trojans.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tim on March 15, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Your pro-Clinton, pro-Trojan agenda has been clear for some time now. (See what I did there?)

    Also, your rationale for picking UAB is almost verbatim what it was to pick Florida last year. I didn’t even have to look it up, because I remember wrong-mindedness–if that’s a word. Can you provide any evidence of your “teams that sneak in do well” reasoning? I’ll spot you George Mason and 1999 Oklahoma.


    • Posted by John S on March 15, 2011 at 5:20 PM

      Arizona in 2009, Villanova the year before that. Most people thought Bradley deserved a spot in 2006, so Idk if it’s fair to say that they “snuck in,” but I believe they were the lowest seeded at-large. All three of those teams were Sweet 16 teams as double-digit seeds, and I’m pretty sure the first two were both last teams in.

      I mean, I’ll admit that it’s not the most logical reasoning–it’s just a pattern I rely on when I don’t know much about either team. I mean, isn’t part of the fun of brackets using stupid logic (since correct logic NEVER plays out) when you don’t really know much about the games in question?


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