No cinderella... no problem. What we saw this past weekend was competitive basketball amongst arguably the best teams in the country. I read a stat that if you added up the seedings of the Elite 8 teams it was 3 less than the record (four 1s, three 2s, and a 3).
I'm normally not one to believe in conspiracy theories, but I really thought throughout the tournament both Florida and Ohio State got some serious benefits by the officiating... especially Ohio State. In their 2nd round game against Xavier, that ogre Oden clearly knocked the snot out of the Xavier player with seconds to play. I know it's tough to call an intentional foul with little time remaining, but IMO that was one of the few cases it should've been called. If Xavier would've done their job at the FT line I wouldn't have to endure Oden's ugly mug this weekend. Yes... I've grown to despise Ohio State and also believe Oden is so beyond overrated it's not even funny. If you ask me, at this point he's a less offensively skilled Dikembe Mutombo if I was to compare their college careers. I think Ohio State's run ends Saturday as Hibbert, Green, and Wallace take the Hoyas to the championship game.
Florida/UCLA... a rematch of last year's title game. What's changed? Nothing really as UCLA lost Farmar, but Collison has stepped in nicely. We all know Florida brought back everyone. Using that logic the Gators should advance... right? I'm going with UCLA... last year they fell behind early and couldn't get into their game. I'm thinking the game is close throughout with Afflalo scoring late to take the Bill Walton's back to the championship game.
Strong rumor is Gillespe to Arkansas. I'm sure this isn't much of a shock to anyone. The real shock if this goes through will be to the SEC West as he'll have the Hogs dominating the West (and challenging Donovan for SEC supremacy) in a couple of years.
Non basketball stuff...
You want to lose 11 pounds in 2 days? I've got a diet for you... it's called the get a stomach flu bug. You won't want to ingest anything solid for 2 days. I lived off Flavorice, water, and coca-cola. The downside is you feel like crap for the better part of 2 days (heck I should say 3 as I'm still not totally with it). Good times.