College Basketball Champs

Congrats to Notre Dame Ladies and Villanova Mens college basketball teams for completing their 2017-2018 journey and finishing on top. What? NAll in all,a fun to watch season. Until the mens tournament, there really weren’t any dominant mens teams. Everyone was beatable. But Villanova made it look easy. Three pointers shot from Mexico went in at a ridiculous rate. My bracket had a Michigan-Michigan State final. So, I was only half right. Poor Virginia. God hates them. Years ago they were upset by Chaminade and this year destroyed by a 16-seed, the first 16-seed to beat a number one ever. Thank you UMBC. Now any team can believe they can do it. On the womens side, Notre Dame appearts to have UConns number. At least in the tournament. I believe they have a 4-3 record against them. The parity in womens competition is no where near that in mens. If you bet on womens B-ball, take the higher ranked team and you generally win. I believe some people went bankrupt betting onmens games this year. I will probably be dead before a number 16 beats a number one in womens college basketball. So now , I look forward to my third favorite season-major league baseball. But wait!! There’s more!! The Masters and the NFL draft coming up in the next few weeks. I’ll be in heaven once more!

Baby Badgers Making Progess Growing Up

After years of college basketball success in the Big Ten and the NCAA tournament, the Wisconsin Badgers are experiencing growing pains. Gone are four of the five starters from a team that could have won it all. They have finished in the top four of the Big Ten for something like 14 years straight-formerly unheard of in the league. This year, Ethan Happ leads a bevy of freshmen into the war zone. Their play has been mostly consistent by being competitive against four ranked teams in the early going. Then Ohio State and in state rival Marquette blew them out. But they won on the road against a good Penn State team. One and one in the Big Ten so far. Beginning tonight, they have a string of non-conference games. This will be their growing up period before getting into the meat of the conference season. They need to learn how to hang onto the ball more and at least hit the first of two free throws in the one and one situation. Growing up is hard. If they don’t do it now, the string of top four finishes and NCAA appearances will end. If they don’t, the’ll begin another string next year with a battle tested group of sophomores.