Sweet 16 Picks

Hey Haven its Matt Basile again, after a crazy first weekend in the NCAA tournament. If anyone is keeping pace with the ESPN Tournament Challenge, every bracket has at least two incorrect games. As of right now I’m currently in the 78th percentile, mostly because I did some last minute changes.

Now for my picks for the round of 16.
3 UCONN beats 2 SDSU because no team in the tournament is as hot as the huskies,
1 Duke beats 5 Arizona for two reasons: 1. Kyrie Irving is the best player in college basketball and 2. Derek Williams is out of miracles.
4 Wisconsin beats 8 Butler because Butler is the second worst team in the tournament at 3-point defense while Wisconsin is the third best in 3-point offense in the tournament.
3 BYU beats 2 Florida for the fact that Jimmer has not been stopped.
2 UNC beats 11 Marquette because UNC has who I think is the most underated player in the tournament In Kendall Marshall. He can distribute the basketball like no other guard in the country and plays very tough defense.
1 Kansas and 12 Richmond is a toss-up. I had Richmond in my Elite 8 from the beginning because they are of the two most underated teams in the tournament along with VCU. If Kansas can get a big lead early, I
don’t see the spiders having a shot, but if Richmond hgs in there early they will slip away and come up with
another upset.
11 VCU’s run stops when they fall to 10 FSU. FSU has the best field goal defense in the tournament by far.
1 Ohio State beats 4 Kentucky no question about it.

I have a good feeling about these games, it’s going to be another great weekend of basketball.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the madness.

Hokie Guard Rasing Eyebrows

Unless you’ve been stuck under a rock for the last oh 2-3 months than you should know that NCAA men’ s basketball is EVERYWHERE in the sports world. The usual Kentucky, Kansas and Syracuse’s of the world are like always at the top of the Mountain that is the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. But there are some surprises like Connecticut, North Carolina and Louisville struggling in conference play and some sleepers such as New Mexico, Brigham Young and even my Virginia Tech Hokies who are really turning some heads in the college hoops universe. The major reason that the Hokies are in the position they are in (21-4 and 2nd in ACC ) is thanks to their star high voltage point guard Malcolm Delaney .Malcolm is from Baltimore,Maryland and was a top notch recruit with power forward  Jeff Allen of D.C. and guard Dorenzo Hudson from Charlotte,NC in 2007 the Hokies landed what is considered to be their greatest class ever. Delaney who is currently having his best year so far leads Tech in the points and assists per game categories. What Delaney does well that really not that many guards do in this day and age is dish the rock. With an aresenal of weapons like Jeff Allen and Dorenzo Hudson around him he has many options of getting the ball in the basket. The numbers speak for themselves at this point averaging 20 pts a game and 4 assists its no wonder why Delaney is in the ACC player of the year talks with Duke’s Jon Scheyer and Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez who are also doing all the right things for their teams to be competing for the ACC title. Now to the Hokies B-Ball Squad in general. Their 21-4 Record is a tad bit inflated due to the 4th worst non-conference schedule which included the Campbell Camels and Longwood Lancers who are both terrible opponents. So far Tech’s biggest win came in the friendly yet hostile confines of Cassell Coliseum where they knocked off the 25th ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons. in the game Delaney did not disappoint racking up 31 points and 8 assists. The Hokies do however have a tough stretch ahead of them which includes a trip to crazy Cameron Indoor where John Scheyer and the Blue Devils will look to claim the #1 seed in the ACC Tourney. Next they face Boston College in Beantown than travel back down Route 81 to host Maryland and NC State. Tech then travels to Georgia Tech to close out their season against the Yellow Jackets and gain momentum heading into the ACC Tournament. This Season has been great but I expect the Hokies to be killer next year with Delaney, Allen , Hudson and key bench contributor JT Thompson entering their last years in the Maroon and Orange. From my PC to Yours Peace 🙂

Malcolm Delaney