One of Michael’s favorite times of year was awaiting after he returned from camp…the start of the college football season. He loved the hype, the predictions, College GameDay and watching all the action.
He was getting ready to start something new on his blog and that would have included some video-blogging. In preparation for that, he spent some time earlier this summer working on a few of his predictions for the season. He completed predictions for eight teams in total, including his two favorites, Michigan and Oregon. We watched Michael work on these eight teams and saw him meticulously balance the wins and losses as he started this process, paying close attention to detail which would have carried through to those teams that he had yet to do.
We will be eagerly watching Michael’s predictions as this season gets underway!
We love you Michael and will be rooting for your teams❤️ Something tells us he would have snuck in a “Go Blue” here
After an epic night during the Final Four, we get spoiled with a great Championship game. The Duke Blue Devils are young and talented and Wisconsin has a lot of experienced veterans. It is a good thing Duke has Quinn Cook and Coach K. I believe the key to the game for both squads is Jahilil Okafor. Duke has a huge advantage on the offensive side of the ball because he is so strong and Frank the Tank can sometimes be a weak defender. Early in the Kentucky game was a good example. Karl-Anthony Towns was dominating him early, but Kentucky went away from that and, it came back to bite them. Coach K will not make that mistake. Duke is known for going man to man defense. Since Kaminsky can stretch the floor because of his three point shooting it would take Okafor out of the paint and he would no longer be a threat as a shot blocker. This game will be a battle of the two best players in the nation. It will be some spectacle to see.
Prediction: Duke 65 Wisconsin 64
I believe this will be a battle of the ages, but having Coach K on the sidelines will push the Devils to the victory. Duke will win at the buzzer by a shot from their senior leader Quinn Cook and it will be a play that will be remembered.
The Elite 8 is here and today two teams will punch their ticket to Indianapolis for the Final Four. There are two great games today that will not disappoint. The match up of the day is a rematch of last year’s Elite 8 game, Arizona vs Wisconsin. Last year Wisconsin defeated the Wildcats in an all time classic.
Keys for Wisconsin:
The Badgers are one game away from a potential rematch with Kentucky in the Final Four, but they have to get through a hungry Arizona team with a huge chip on their shoulder. They key for Wisconsin is controlling the tempo. If the Badgers are able to establish their tempo I really believe that they will control this game. If they are not able to, it could be a very long day for cheese heads. As we have seen in Wisconsin’s last two games they were not able to run with the speed and athleticism of Oregon and North Carolina. Arizona is 100 times more athletic than UNC and the Fighting Ducks combined. Wisconsin is a great and disciplined team, but they lack speed and athleticism. Arizona may be too much for Frank the Tank and his Badgers.
Keys for Arizona:
When I created my bracket, I picked Arizona to win it all and so far it is looking great. The Wildcats are just so big and athletic. I watched them dismantle Oregon in the Pac 12 championship game. That was the same Oregon team that Wisconsin squeaked by in the round of 32. The key for the Wildcats is freshman phnom, Stanley Johnson. Johnson undoubtedly will be a top 5 pick in next year’s NBA draft and he will be matched up with Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes. Hayes is a great player, but I believe this is a big mismatch because Johnson will easily take him off the dribble. Stanley Johnson must have an enormous game if Arizona wants to strike revenge and make the Final Four.
Prediction: Arizona 67 Wisconsin 63
I am staying true to my bracket, Arizona will over power Wisconsin and taste how sweet revenge really is.
Todays match up of the day is the number one seeded Florida Gators v the number eleven seeded Dayton Flyers. It’s the Powerhouse vs the Cinderella, Florida vs Dayton.
1 Florida’s Keys:
The Florida Gators are the best team in the country and they have been dominating every team they have played in the tournament. The key to a Gators Victory is their transition defense. The Bruins exposed the Gators weak transition D in their last game vs UCLA. The Flyers really know how to run a fast break so Florida’s guards have to play well on defense to contain the Flyer’s dynamic duo Jordan Sibert on Dyshawn Pierre. Patric Young has to take advantage of his size and be a bully in the paint. The Gators are heavily favored and if they lose they will always be known as the team who didn’t get to the Final Four.
The Dayton Flyers have tried on the glass slipper and found out that it fits. The Flyers are the biggest story in this tournament and they have been playing sensational basketball. They need to control the tempo and speed the game up into full court run and gun basketball. PG Jordan Sibert has to have a huge impact for the Flyers and he has to contain All-American guard Scottie Wilbekin if they want a chance to advance to the Final Four.
I believe that the Gators Elite Eight loosing streak will continue and the Dayton Flyers will hop on that magical carriage for a trip to the final four. Dayton 64 Florida 62
Other prediction for today: Arizona 76 Wisconsin 69
Like last year, I will be doing a Match Up of the Day blog everyday for the rest of March Madness. Today’s match up of the day is the 2 seeded Wisconsin Badgers vs the 7 seeded Oregon Ducks.
7 Oregon keys:
The Oregon Ducks are the most prolific offensive team in America. They run a up tempo fast offense which is very similar to the play of their football team. The X-factor for the Ducks is big man Elgin Cook. Cook just came off of playing the game of his life. Cook was so ecstatic about playing in his home town of Milwaukee and I am waiting for an encore for him today in Milwaukee. Cook also has a huge challenge in containing the pride and joy of Benet Academy, Frank Kaminsky the all BIG Ten 1st team center. It will be a struggle to contain him for Cook because of Kaminsky’s range from the 3 pt. Jason Calliste also has to play well if the Ducks want to pull of the upset. He is probably the best 6th man in the country and he has a beautiful stroke from beyond the arch. He had a monster game in the regular season to help the Ducks take down Arizona and I am looking for him to have the same impact. By the way, he’s my favorite Oregon player.
2 Wisconsin keys:
The Wisconsin Badgers are one of the top defensive teams in all of college basketball but their weak link is their own offense. The Badgers struggle to score and they have the slowest offensive production. Frank the Tank is going to have to carry the load for this heavily favored Wisconsin team. Wisconsin’s defense has to step up against this high powered offense. For Wisconsin to win the game they have to slow down the tempo and not let the Ducks get any fast break opportunities.
Prediction: I believe the Oregon Ducks offense is going to be too much to handle for the Badgers. Oregon 74 Wisconsin 65