Monday, March 12, 2018
Louisville Women's basketball -- Where will Louisville WBB go?...March Sadness -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
CARDS WILL HOST BUT WHERE THEN?
OH yes. It's the most wonderful time of the year, if you're a college basketball fan. Louisville women's basketball fans are assured of a couple of things. A #1 seed in their region and a chance to open at home.
ESPN's Charlie Creme has the Cards as the #1 seed in the Lexington bracket. College Sports Madness has UofL as a #1 seed but doesn't specify which bracket. The Cards are #3 in the nation in both the AP and USA Coaches Polls. We are, therefore 99.99999% certain that the Cards will open in the KFC YUM! Center on a day to be determine yet. I mean, there is a astronomically remote possibility that the YUM! could decide it would rather bring in Bonzo's Travelling Circus or a reunion of the Monkees...but we're expecting to be at the big facility by the 2nd Street bridge on Friday, hopefully.
We'll find out tonight. Unlike past years there will be no open party atmosphere for the fans to watch with the team. No Sports and Social Club gathering for the faithful down on the 4th Street Mall. In fact, one of the local radio stations is using the venue for men's tournament bracket free fill out and drop off purposes.
Louisville will gather at the Thorntons Academic Center for Excellence around 6 p.m. to view the 7 p.m. Selection Show on ESPN. Media and "select" fans are invited to join the Cards, so I'll mosey on down and see if I can gain admission. Maybe we even get our "shared" photo guy and writer Jared Anderson in there also.
Coach Walz and the players will be available to the media following the announcement of the Cardinals' seed and region.
Region. That's the question. I logically assume, as just about every fan I've talked to does, that the Cards will get the Lexington region. Unfortunately, the NCAA is very illogical. I joked on radio Saturday that they'll probably form a fifth region for schools they don't like and hold it in Kauai, Hawaii next to an active volcano or hot lava.
Who will the Cards face? It's pure speculation now. I wouldn't be surprised to see Oregon as the #2 seed and the committee may toss Tennessee and Ohio State in there as well to make the road tougher. Who knows. maybe Baylor drops and they end up in our region?
I can't think of no better song for today than the classic "Where Do We Go From Here? (Games People Play)" by the Alan Parsons Project. Hear it here:
Please, just keep us on the opposite side of the sheet from UConn. I'd just as soon not tangle with those dogs again until the final game of the year. It is purely my personal wish, I know a lot of you want a rematch with them. I'd rather they get upset and knocked off.
Tournament time, in our case here at Cardinal Couple, a joyous time of the year...filled with the anxious tracking of Walz and his Warriors .
So, we wait. On the other hand...
MBB HEADED TO N.I.T.
I'm not a fan of the "new" TBS way of announcing the NCAA men's brackets. Basically, we knew the Cards were out 10 minutes into the show. The "Gumball" even made a point of specifically saying so when it was revealed there were no "at large" teams starting with the letter "L" on the list. When Miami popped up, the Cards balloon burst.
Alabama got in. That's a surprise. The Cards weren't even on the "first four out" list.
So, hello N.I.T. for Padgett and his players. They'll bring in N.K.U.(that's Northern Kentucky University) for the first round of the 32-team format. Tuesday 7 p.m. on ESPN and at the KFC YUM! Center.
Will you go? Will you watch?
March Sadness, indeed, for the guys. Two years out of the last three now. This is a streak we don't want to see continued.
WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT PICK 'EM
We've sponsored a "pick 'em" for the Women's NCAA Tournament the past several years and gotten a fairly good response on it. We had a good response on our ACC Tournament "pick 'em".
I'll be in touch with the tracking director of the ACC brackets (Jared Anderson) and see if he's interested in tracking stuff for the "Big Dance" for the women. We'll let you know tomorrow, after the brackets are released.
We'll hit up "tightwad" Arch and see if we can get another Panera Card if we "do-do" a challenge.
UPDATE: BRACKET PICK "EM" IS ON AND PANERA KICKING IN A $25 GIFT CARD.