March Madness: Breaking down the bracket + my picks to win

Seriously…could the selection committee have done a WORSE job putting together this bracket? Leaving out USC was bad enough (I know they didn’t have many Quadrant 1 wins but they certainly passed the eye test to me) but seeding Arizona 4th in the SOUTH bracket with Virginia AND Kentucky!? Stupid.

Don’t tell me there wasn’t a bias against the schools investigated by the FBI earlier in the season. Oklahoma State and USC were left out. Arizona and arguably Auburn were underseeded. It was a colossal dumpster fire on Sunday…and these clowns in charge of putting it together should be ashamed of themselves.

Nonetheless everyone I know (that likes college basketball) fills one of these brackets out…so here are a few tips from me:

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Predicting the Future of the University of Arizona’s Basketball Program

Was Saturday’s final 2017-18 home game against California the end of an era at McKale Center? Unfortunately the answer is yes and here’s what I think happens next:

1. Regardless of what happens in the NCAA Tournament, I’d be surprised if Sean Miller returned as Arizona’s head coach.

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Cohen’s Corner Bracketology – 2/28/18

Giving this another shot and yes, both Arizona and ASU dropped from last week’s projections. I’d like to elaborate further on the Sean Miller – Arizona situation but as of the time this was posted, there is no news. If I were a betting man, I’d guess that Miller doesn’t coach the Wildcats again but hopefully I’m wrong.

In the meantime, take a look at my second-to-last projection for Selection Sunday:

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Friday, 2/23 Quick Hitters – On Allonzo Trier’s suspension, Sean Miller’s future, and more

Late-Thursday afternoon Arizona star guard Allonzo Trier was ruled ineligible by the NCAA as a miniscule amount of the banned substance Ostarine once again appeared in a test. His attorney believes that since the substance hadn’t appeared since early-2017, it was the result of Trier taking the test when not properly hydrated. Either way, let’s break the implications of this down for Wildcats fans:

-First of all, this is complete BS. But welcome to the world of the NCAA and its rampant corruption / unfairness.

-Arizona has lodged an appeal and is challenging the ruling. Based on the usual slowness of the NCAA’s actions, it’s not looking good for Trier to return anytime soon. In fact it’s quite possible that last Thursday night’s win in Tempe might have been Allonzo’s final game in a Wildcats’ uniform. (But if this all gets sorted out on Friday as Sean Miller suggested on Thursday night, ignore the next few bullet points).

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Cohen’s Corner Bracketology – 2/21/18

Seeing guys like Joe Lunardi from ESPN constantly spout off during games about this and that which can effect a college basketball team’s NCAA Tournament seed always annoyed me. I figured…how hard could it really be to analyze some stats, make a few projections, and forecast the future?

And after taking nearly four hours to put together the following of how I PROJECT the field to look when announced on Sunday, March 12th, let me say that Bracketology is REALLY HARD.

Take a look below and I’ll share some additional thoughts towards the end:

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Friday, 2/16 Quick Hitters: On UofA-ASU, Ayton’s dominance, Fitz returns, and picking the Daytona 500!

I’ve never been more happy to be wrong. I predicted a 10 point ASU victory over Arizona in Thursday’s college basketball matchup from Tempe. UofA’s 77-70 win was just the opposite and hallelujah!

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-First of all, Thursday night’s crowd at Wells Fargo Arena was arguably the loudest in the stadium’s history. Props to ASU fans for filling the joint. And bringing notable announcer Michael Buffer to announce ASU’s starting lineup before his signature “LET’S GET READY TO RUMMMMBLLLLEEEE” line was pretty darn cool.

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