NCAA TOURNAMENT A ROUGH FLIGHT FOR CARDINALS
|Autograph signing at Selection Show|
As Jeff Walz said, at least it's warm there. And if you're going to get screwed by the NCAA, a pleasant atmosphere and sunny skies makes the experience at least a little bearable.
The Selection Show at Cardinal Arena was attended well and the fans didn't have to wait long to find out that Louisville was headed south to start the quest. Walz and Matt Andrews handled the commercial breaks with speculation on the seedings.
The Cards, a #3 seed in the Albany region, were done no favors at all...starting out against the Cougars...who won the WCC Conference Tournament over San Francisco and posted a 23-9 record.
If anyone could be more dismayed about the choice, it would probably be BYU head coach Jeff Judkins, who will be travelling 2300+ miles to probably be one and done. The Cougars were the #5 seed going into conference play. We'll dissect them a little more as the week goes on.
|Where diabolical plots and insane theories are hatched...the |
NCAA women's selection committee room. They must be stopped.
This isn't the KFC YUM! Center and Jose's gals were 26-7, 15-3 in the AAC and 12-2 at home. They played UConn to a 70-56 loss in the AAC Tournament.
|I asked "E" to smile like she had just grabbed a rebound|
We all know about the Cats.
Waiting in the wings to challenged Louisville's quest to return to Tampa is no other than the UConn Huskies. The NCAA must have thought the games were being played in New Albany, IN...since they also stuck WKU in the region.
Coach Walz was as upbeat as he could be with the media after the Selection Show. He deserves an Oscar for that performance...because the Cards were stuck in the most difficult region in the tournament and quite possibly the toughest opening four-team pod. He did not speculate on what was beyond Saturday, the prime objective this time of year is one-at-a-time, survive and advance.
We'll have his, Jude Schimmel, Al Greener and Coach Sam P.'s comments on Selection Monday on our Saturday radio show.
It takes six wins to take the title. Louisville did put two six or more win streaks to together during the regular season. The task of getting back to Tampa after starting in Tampa is odds-prohibitive for the Cards...but so was beating Baylor a couple of years ago. WE all know what happened in that one...
Trust in the mad scientist to have the girls ready. Get ready for some fun basketball. And forget that the NCAA hammered the Cards again in the post-season selection brackets. If the Cards are good enough, they'll win. There are no easy wins this time of year. Especially if your team has a bird as a mascot and wears red.
Thus begins our second March Contest...the NCAA Women's
Tournament selection here at CARDINAL COUPLE.
Easy stuff. Pick the winners of all 63 games, total the most wins and you win!.
A format many have found easy to submit to us is just listing the winners for each round. We actually have an entry that was sent at 9 p.m. last night from Blue Lou that we'll share with you as an example:
UCONN, RUTGERS, TEXAS, CALIFORNIA, LSU, LOUISVILLE, IOWA STATE, KENTUCKY, SOUTH CAROLINA, SYRACUSE, OHIO STATE, NORTH CAROLINA, ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK, ARIZONA ST,. OKLAHOMA ST., FLORIDA ST., NOTRE DAME, DEPAUL, OKLAHOMA, STANFORD, MIAMI, IOWA, ARKANSAS, NORTHWESTERN ST., MARYLAND, GREEN BAY, MISSISSIPPI ST., DUKE, GONZAGA, OREGON ST., PITTSBURGH, TENNESSEE
UCONN, CALIFORNIA, LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, SOUTH CAROLINA, NORTH CAROLINA, ARIZONA ST., FLORIDA ST., NOTRE DAME, STANFORD, MIAMI, NORTHWESTERN ST.,MARYLAND, DUKE, OREGON ST., TENNESSEE
UCONN, LOUISVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, FLORIDA ST., NOTRE DAME, MIAMI, DUKE, OREGON ST.
LOUISVILLE, FLORIDA ST., NOTRE DAME, OREGON ST.,
LOUISVILLE, NOTRE DAME
You can leave your picks in the comments sections or e-mail them to us at:
Make sure you picks are in by start of tournament play Friday. Good luck in winning the $25 gift card for first or an absolutely fabulous CARDINAL COUPLE T-Shirt for second.
Game(s) on !!!