March Madness Three-Pointer ~ BitterSweetLife

Sunday, March 16, 2008

March Madness Three-Pointer

I've been binge-posting NCAA basketball, and I feel kind of bad about it, but why stop now?

So the Big 12 has six teams in the NCAA Tournament, as was requested on this blog. Finally, someone listens to me. And Kansas has a #1 seed, despite Dick Vitale's best efforts to pump UNC and Duke. Nice. I have to admit I'm surprised, even assuming the committee took the Jayhawks' spectacular victory this afternoon over a very, very good Texas team into account (that game was an instant classic). KU will be viewed as the least impressive #1 at the national level, though, so the 'Hawks had better come out with a chip on their shoulder. If Brandon Rush continues to play like a pro, it will help.

Item # 1: If you haven't yet, go join the blog's bracket contest. We're even accepting ACC fans.

# 2. Did you watch the selection show? Getting geared up for the first round games? Dime picks the NCAA's best first round matches, including one that jumped up and smacked me in the face when I saw it too:

6) USC vs. (11) Kansas State
Speaking of obscenely-talented freshmen, this one is gonna be crazy. Michael Beasley (26.5 ppg, 12.4 rpg) has been destroying everything in his path all year long, while O.J. Mayo (20.8 ppg) didn’t start off so hot but has finished the season real strong. Can you imagine the hype this game would have received back in November, when there was a bit more mystery behind each guy? It’s still well worth watching now, though.

# 3. Finally, The Search wants to help you notice the glory hidden in March Madness:
You know the moment in a basketball game when your team is down by a dozen or so points, but makes a run and brings it to within two? And then the crowd rises to its feet, loudly cheering, and the team gets a new bounce in its step, hitting a long three to take the lead? That moment, with the deafening noise and dispirited opponents losing control—is a moment when you can touch the glory, where you glimpse—dare I say it—the divine. You get goosebumps, you slap a stranger’s hand, and you raise your voice to the rafters for the glory to continue.
This is a really good time of year.
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