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Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Cardinal Couple

You know what?  Its actually Friday, not Thursday like I originally had in the title.  I don't often express a TGIF sentiment, but this week I certainly will. -- JMcA

It's Here! It's Finally Here!


And so it begins.  That special time of year that all good boys and girls look forward to.  No, not Christmas.  It's March Madness.

Louisville doesn't play BYU until tomorrow, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy some other good basketball today.

A couple of games on tap for action today that I think might be particularly good:

  • Washington vs Miami - tips at noon
  • Northwestern vs Arkansas - also at noon
What games are you looking forward to today?  Let's hear about them in the comments.

Princeton Check


We've been checking in on the success of Princeton's Women's Basketball team throughout the year as they
have had an historic season, going through the regular season undefeated.

The Tigers will take on Green-Bay tomorrow at 11:05am.

I now present to you, an excerpt of the best ever player bio in college basketball - from the Princeton Tigers:

Leslie Robinson


Personal: Father and former Tiger, Craig Robinson, is one of only two men’s players in Princeton history to twice be named Ivy League Player of the Year … her aunt Michelle Robinson (Michelle Obama) graduated from Princeton in 1985 and is currently the First Lady of the United States and the wife of President Barack Obama.

Softball Completes the Tour of Ohio


After taking both games of the double-header against Ohio State that Paulie recapped yesterday, the Softball Cards took a slight detour on their way back down I-71 for a stop in Oxford Ohio for a make-up of a previously postponed game.

Shelby McCombs took the circle and went the full seven innings in the 8-1 win over the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks.

The Cards got on the board in the second frame when Whitney Arion and Kayla Soles, who got on base on an error and a double, respectively, got to finish their circuits on a Tiarra Sanabria double.  Nicole Pufahl's hit then brought Sanabria home.

Another circuit was completed in the 3rd inning by Kelsi Jones, who got it started with a single.  Speedster Jordan McNary and Kayla Soles combined to get Jones home.

Miami got on the board in the 4th, but would get no more as The Cards would continue to score consistently.

In the 5th, Maryssa Becker got on with a single, and was replaced on base by the considerably faster Morgan Meyer.  Whitney Arion, Kayla Soles, and Brittany Sims all pitched in to get Meyer around to touch
all four.

The 6th saw Sanabria get on base with a walk, and take advantage of a Pufahl sacrifice and an error on Jordan McNary's at-bat to get the score to 6-1.

Kayla Soles got a walk and back-to-back doubles by Allison Szydlowski and Ashley Nikolao pushed the score to the final of 8-1.

The Cards return home to Ulmer for a weekend series with North Carolina with two games on Saturday and a game on Sunday.

jmca

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These words from your bracket Commissioner Sonja:

All contest entries need to be in by noon Friday EDT. 

We have a strong field of contenders for this year's Bracket Challenge.

I would like to wish all of you the best of luck and if you have any questions, please e-mail me at cardinalcouple@twc.com

You can send your entries to the same e-mail address or leave your entries in the comments section. 

If you have entered, congratulations and if you haven't, why not?

sonja  

8 comments:

  1. UConn, Seton Hall, Texas, CAL, LSU Louisville, Dayton, KY, Maryland, Princeton, Miss.State, Duke, GW, Oregon State, Chattanoga, TN, ND, MN, OK, Stanford, WA, Iowa, NW, Baylor, SC, NE,Ohio State, NC, Tx. A&M. Az. State, OK State, FSU

    S16: Uconn, TX, Louisville, KY, Maryland, Miss. State, Oregon STate, Chattanooga, ND,OK,WA, Baylor, SC, Ohio State, AZ State, FSU

    E8: Uconn, Louisville, Maryland, Oregon State, ND, Baylor, SC, FSU

    F4: Uconn, Maryland, ND, FSU

    Championship: Uconn, ND

    Winner: Uconn, 79-72

    I would LOVE for Louisville to bust my bracket. Got a similar situation lining up like 2013, is it in the Cards? I never doubt the Mad Scientist always has a plan that can win, whether it can be executed or not is another matter.
    Jenny

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  2. Here's an interesting stat -- since the Women's tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1994, the aggregate record of the #1, #2 and #3 seeds in the first round is 251-1. Sixteen seed Harvard beat #1 Stanford in 1998. Other than that, a clean sweep. Over that same period in the Men's tourney, #2s have lost seven or eight times and #3s about 10 times (including twice yesterday).

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  3. OK, my picks:

    Uconn Rutgers WKU Cal USF Lou ISU UK NotreDame DePaul OK Stanford Miami Iowa Northwestern Baylor Maryland Princeton MissST Duke GW OregonSt Pitt Tenn SouthCar Syracuse OSU UNC TexasAM ArizonaSt OKSt FSU

    UConn Cal Lou UK NotreDame Stanford Iowa Baylor Maryland Duke OregonSt Tenn SouthCar UNC TexasAM FSU

    UConn Lou NotreDame Iowa Duke OregonSt SouthCar FSU

    Lou Duke NotreDame SouthCar

    Lou ND

    Lou 63-60

    OK, maybe some hopeful picking in there, but I think they're pretty reasonable.

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    1. Jeff, you feeling another 2013 run coming on? Beat the 2 seed (KY) only to face the prohibitive favorite to repeat as NC (Uconn) to make it all the way to the end. Oh, I don't know what would be more exciting the NC win (in your scenario) or the EsPY for the biggest upset in tournament history. WEll, yea, I do.
      Jenny

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    2. Like I said...a little bit of hopeful picking in there, but I do think this team is capable of beating either of those teams on the right day. Yes, conditions would have to be just about perfect, but its possible.

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  4. UConn, Rutgers, Texas, Cal, LSU, Louisville, Iowa St, Kentucky, Notre Dame, DePaul, Oklahoma, Stanford, Miami, Iowa, Northwestern, Baylor, Maryland, Princeton, Miss. St, Duke, George Wash, Oregon St, Pitt, Tenn, S Carolina, Syracuse, Ohio St., N. Carolina, Texas AM. Arizona St, FGCU, Florida St.

    Sweet 16---UConn, Cal, Louisville, KY, Notre Dame, Stanford, Miami, Baylor, Maryland, Duke, Ore St., Tenn, S. Carolina, Ohio St., Arizona St, Florida St.

    E8---UConn, Louisville, Notre Dame, Baylor, Maryland, Tenn, S. Carolina, Florida St.

    FF---UConn, Maryland, Notre Dame, S Carolina

    UConn LOSES to Notre Dame in a thriller 75-70. Notre Dame is tired of being the bridesmaid!

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  5. I was going to email you Jeff and tell you what day it was but you caught it in time. To all contestants in the contest good luck and lets watch some hoops.

    Sonja

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  6. I've always been a big mid major fan and never more so than in the upcoming Green Bay / Princeton matchup. Any time the proletariat gets a chance to hand it to an Ivy League school I'm tuning in big time. This will probably be the only time in their lives that these girls from Green Bay will be playing by the same rules as the Princeton kids.

    Good Luck Phoenix.

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