Well, I'm officially a moron, folks. The pick I championed for two days to win it all, Georgia Tech, tanked in the late game last night, a sportswriter's-nightmare, 114-112, double-overtime loss to Wake Forest. That completed a crazy day in which alll four lower seeds won.
My guess is that could mean a boring day today -- the supposedly worse teams will be playing the heavy hitters with tired legs. It could particularly play in Virgina's favor when the Cavs play N.C. State, a very talented team (which I did pick to beat Duke, salvaging some terrible predictions) that lacks any depth. It also creates an interesting scenario for Virginia Tech, which beat Wake in Blacksburg way back in December. Both teams are completely different now. Wake Forest started 1- 7 in the ACC, but it has quietly gone 5-4 since with back-to-back wins over Virginia and Georgia Tech. Hokies Sports Information Sheriff Bill Dyer reports that assistant coach Ryan Odom nearly fell asleep on press row scouting the game. Fortunately, our boss Rennie decided to take the wire story for that game, and I was getting busy in the hospitality room.
The atmosphere for the games today should be tremendous. A lot of the fans of teams playing for the first time today stayed home, leaving a surprising number of empty seats (but not, naturally, for the Duke game). The streets were buzzing on the walk over here, which was delightfully sunny.
OK, gang. Prisbell will try to give some updates throuhout the day. The Great Al Thornton plays in about five minutes, and I'm duty for that game, so I'll post again but until later. Keep that collegerpi.com browser minimized when the boss walks by in the meantime.
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