We begin today with Mr. Ed hitting an inside-the-park home run off Sandy Koufax:
Now, back to the brackets. Here are a few stats Nappy passed along to me yesterday afternoon (original source is Mark Lawrence in Las Vegas): North Carolina is 10-0 in its past 10 first round games. Other first round studs: Kansas (6-0), Pittsburgh (6-0), Wisconsin (6-0), UCLA (5-0), Gonzaga (5-0), Kansas State (5-0), NC State (5-0), Syracuse (4-0), Duke (14-1) and Cincinnati (10-1).
Worst first round performers: New Mexico State (0-5), Minnesota (0-4), UNLV (0-3), San Diego State (1-4) and Temple (1-4).
So I’m starting to think I shouldn’t have picked Minnesota over UCLA and Montana over Syracuse in the paper yesterday. Still time to mull that over.
Other notes I found interesting while perusing the lines:
-Colorado State is the only No. 8 seed not favored over its No. 9 foe. Missouri is a 3-point favorite in that matchup. UNC is a 4-point choice over Villanova.
-The biggest line on the board is Gonzaga by 21.5 over Southern. That could be eclipsed once the play-in games are contested. Speaking of which, two will be contested tonight: Liberty-North Carolina A&T (6:40 p.m., truTV) and Middle Tennesse-Saint Mary’s (9:10 p.m., truTV)
-No. 3 seed Marquette is only a 3.5-point favorite over No. 14 seed Davidson. Good upset possibility if you’re looking for one.
-As mentioned in the comments section yesterday, No. 11 seed Minnesota is a 3-point favorite over No. 6 UCLA.
-If you guys find sites that you think are particularly useful for bracket handicapping, by all means, post ‘em. Unless you want to keep all the good stuff to yourself to win the pool.
SPRING IN THE AIR: UVa has opened spring football practice in its new indoor facility. Doug has more on that here.
NIT BEGINS: UVa faces Norfolk State at 9 p.m. today (ESPNU) in the first round of the NIT.
STILL ROLLING: The Heat beats the Celtics to extend its winning streak to 23 games. Miami is still 10 shy of the record set by the Lakers in 1971-72.
NOT YET, ANYWAY: Roger Goodell says there won’t be any playoff expansion next year.
CARIBBEAN FLAVOR: The Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico square off in the World Baseball Classic final at 8 tonight on MLB Network.
ADJUST YOUR FANTASY DRAFT ACCORDINGLY: Chase Headley, coming off a career year with the Padres, will be out about a month with a fractured thumb.
NAME THAT TUNE
Let’s ride the wind
Down this old road tonight
Let’s pack our dreams
And leave the rest behind
They say love this hot
Can be a dangerous thing
Come on daaaaaarlin’…