Quote of the day
"The Big East is most overrated conference in the world." -- Charles Barkley – before the start of the NCAA tournament
A week ago, I mused whether the Big East basket would be a good short or long. While it could still work out as a good long, that now depends on Marquette advancing to the Final Four. Not likely. If Marquette loses its next game and UConn goes on to win the tournament, the best possible net return for that basket is +$G4. Not a good way to invest $G95.
We had 7 upsets in the opening round, which is pretty normal. There were 5 upsets in round two – again, fairly normal - although four double-digit seeds advanced to the Sweet 16, about twice as many as in a typical year. And at least one of those teams will advance to the Elite 8, since #10 Florida State faces #11 VCU.
Speaking of VCU, my daughter – who goes to Hofstra – pointed out this weekend that the Colonial Conference had three teams in the tournament (VCU, ODU, & Geo. Mason). Had I recognized that at the outset, I would have set up a conference basket for them. And if I had done that, I suspect it would have been a popular short. So, with VCU advancing to the Sweet 16, many of you can thank me for being oblivious that conference. That basket would probably have cost $G10, and would already have returned $33, for a net gain of $G23, with VCU still alive and kicking. Make that alive and kicking butt!
It was hard to pay attention to GuruGolf over the weekend with the big dance taking center stage. One GuruGolf foursome romped through the weekend, as LAMBES FAIRWAYS posted a -50, a full seven strokes better than the runner-up (which was also one of his teams). Worst ball honors went to Donkey Hunter with +41.