D.C. Bracketology: March Madness Has Begun

Syracuse and Villanova are two teams on the very edge of the bubble. The rankings are one of many tools used by the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee to select teams for the NCAA tournament. They run well and play hard on a consistent basis.
St. Mary’s College has lived in the shadows for a while now. For years, St. Mary’s College has been best known as the West Coast Conference’s best team other than Gonzaga. While the Zags have piled up NCAA tournament bids and upsets for 10 years, the Gaels have toiled in the background while making NCAA tournaments of their own. However, they had not won any March games until two days ago against Richmond. Yet St. Mary’s College is no longer the other WCC power, after they won their second NCAA tournament game against Villanova.

The first pod of the March Madness schedule 2010 today also includes Notre Dame vs. Old Dominion, and Villanova vs. Robert Morris. The Irish went on a big roll to get here, but the Monarchs are a popular upset pick. The Wildcats, on the other hand, are heavy favorites who need to start putting their recent 2-5 slide behind them.

Zac: Penn State-A&M, because, well, it has my Lions playing in it. Honestly, with me going home for the holiday week, Bowl Week means the least to me that it has in years. I look forward to watching Penn State lay an egg on national TV. One more game, Anthony. One more game.

On what people should expect from this year’s team: “It’s just a new team. We’re not going to be settling for just staying close with everyone. I’m thinking win every game and I’m hoping everybody else feels that way.

But that’s not all the hurdles the Utah women are leaping this season. In this morning’s game, your ESPN2 commentators in three-piece suits and blouses leaned up against a microphone and decided it was their turn to hammer on Utah.

On C.J. Herbert: “Technically sound, he’s the best technician of the three [Tracy, Herbert and Lissemore]. Plays hard, he’s Mr. Consistency. He can rush the passer and he’s going to benefit a lot this fall from Adrain’s exposure and teams worrying about him. C.J. may step up and surprise some teams this fall. I would expect him to do that.

Speaking of having a nice feel, if you need new running shoes (and you get to the race early), stop by Bryn Mawr Running Company’s Media store at 13. E. State Street and have their expert crew hook you up. For a post-race thirst-quencher, Coach Webs recommends hoisting a pint of fresh beer at the Iron Hill Brewery at 30 E. State Street in Media.

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