NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament
The Big Dance
March Madness 2013 begins on
Tuesday, March 19
and ends on
Monday, April 8
Everyone is rooting for the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles in this year’s March Madness NCAA Basketball Tournament. They defeated Georgetown in their first-ever NCAA tournament game and then went on to destry San Diego State. They are the first-ever No. 15 seed to win two games in the tournament and advance to the Sweet 16 Round.
So far, the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
are certainly this year’s Cinderella Story
To me the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles are best described by this quote:
“The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy.” ~ Jerry Tarkanian
It also helps to have a few players like Sherwood Brown and Brett Comer playing like super stars!
Can the FGCE continue their magic Cinderella Run?
Next Game for the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles will be on Friday against Florida Gators ~ should be a great game!
|Fri, Mar 29||@||Florida||9:57 PM (ET)|
The best part for me about the Florida Eagles is that they are feeling no pressure. That means they are having a really, really good time.
Love their celebratory chicken dances on the sidelines?
See the Florida Guld Coast Eagles perform the chicken dance at:
My Top Five Picks To Win It All were!!!!!
(Free March Madness Predictions):
Duke, Georgetown, Gonzaga, Syracuse, Indiana
My Wild Card March Madness Prediction is:
North Carolina State
2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Rankings – Week 18 (Mar. 4)
|AP Top 25|
|USA Today Coaches Poll|
- Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 46, North Carolina 30, Butler 24, Colorado State 13, Belmont 9, Middle Tennessee 5, Missouri 4, San Diego State 2, Stephen F. Austin 1, UNLV 1, Wichita State 1, Kentucky 1, California 1
2013 March Madness Predictions Free
Here are some loose and general as well as specific 2013 March Madness picks.
- Huskies - There is a good chance the Huskies are going to fight to be able to be in the basketball tournament, but many are predicting they are not going to be successful with their appeals, meaning they will NOT take part in 2013 March Madness.
- UCLA - There are quick a few predictions that UCLA will make it back to the 2013 NCAA tournament after not making it for the 2011-2012 season. This remains to be seen, of course, but if you know the team you know it is possible.
- Missouri - They had a great 2011-2012 season, so there are many that are predicting they make it all the way to March Madness in 2013. This may or may not be the case, but they have managed to put together quite a good team.
- Wisconsin - Many are predicting that Wisconsin will remain strong in 2012-2013 and will make it all the way to March Madness 2013 – if not win it completely or at least making it into the Final Four match-up.
- Texas - The Longhorns have a good fighting chance of making the Big 12 or maybe even the Final Four. If all goes to plan, this young but talented team may take it all the way and win March Madness 2013.
- Texas A&M - Additionally, Texas A&M has a very good chance of making it into the 2013 NCAA tournament. While they perhaps disappointed many people in the 2011-2012 season, they are definitely a team to watch in 2013.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, you may want to choose
The Fighting Irish.
But don’t count on winning the pot of gold with this pick!
Whatever you do, don’t let Harold Camping help you
with your predictions for March Madness.
He has enough of his own madness to deal with.
March Madness Basketball Jokes and One Liners
Easter and March Madness Predictions
Three friends, who were fanatical basketball fans, died together in a car wreck.
They found themselves standing in front of the pearly gates with St. Peter.
He told them that before they could enter heaven, they had to tell him what Easter was about.
The first fan said, “Easter is a big holiday where we give thanks, have a big feast and eat turkey.”
“Nooooo,” said St. Peter. “You don’t get in.”
The second fan said, “Easter is the holiday that we celebrate Jesus’ being born of the virgin and give gifts to each other.”
“Nooooo,” said St. Peter. “You don’t get in, either.”
The third fan said, “Well, I know what Easter is all about. Easter is a Christian holiday which coincides with the Jewish Passover. After Jesus celebrated Passover with His disciples, He was betrayed by Judas and turned over to the Romans. They crucified Him on a cross. After He died, they buried him in a tomb and put a huge boulder in front of it.”
“Very good!” said St. Peter.
The fan continued. “Now, every year, the Kentucky fans roll the stone away and Jesus comes out. If He sees his shadow, we have 6 more weeks of basketball.
Famous Basketball Quotes For March Madness
And it blew my mind when I started to get wind of the fact that they actually liked me being around. That was humbling, because Kentucky basketball is a big deal, and I am not the biggest fan – I am just the most notorious one. ~ Ashley Judd
”We can’t win at home and we can’t win on the road. My problem as general manager is I can’t think of another place to play.” ~ Pat Williams
“I love watching college basketball. March Madness is one of the unique things in sports where good teams that nobody’s heard of Cinderella stories come out of nowhere to win a few games. It’s something the nation really embraces.” ~ Bobby Carpenter
“It is most difficult, in my mind, to separate any success, whether it be in your profession, your family, or as in my case, in basketball, from religion.” ~ John Woodel
“The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy.” ~ Jerry Tarkanian
Q: What do basketball players and babies have in common?
A: They both dribble!
Q: What does it mean when you see 10 elephants are wearing pink shirts?
A: They are on the same team!
Q: What’s harder to catch the faster you run?
A: Your breath!
Q: Why do basketball players love cookies?
A: Because they can dunk them!
Q: Why do basketball players love donuts?
A: Because they dunk them!
Q: Why should you not play sports in the jungle?
A: There are too many cheetahs!
Q: What’s the difference between a dog and a basketball player?
A: One drools and the other dribbles.
Q: Why was Cinderella such a bad player?
A: Her coach was a pumpkin.
March madness 2013 Printable Bracket at:
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Shaka Smart may be the Number One choice for the Coaching position at The University of Illinois.
Illinois fired Bruce Weber on Friday.
Shaka has done an incredible job during the last two seasons. He deserves a shot in the Big Time in the Big Ten!
NCAA Basketball Upset
VCU earns a birth in the March Madness ~ NCAA Tournament
VCU Upsets Drexel ~ winners of 19 straight Games
Drexel had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer but VCU held on, 59-56, to win the CAA Championship.
Can VCU And Shaka Smart repeat the incredible March Madness Run of 2011?
Re-Cap of March Madness 2011
VCU’s Incredible Performance
VCU loses to Butler
“If you want to talk about quality of shots, we had, I would say, six or eight layups that we missed,” Smart said. “So I would say that wasn’t the difference. Butler has an experienced team. They know how to win. They’re not going to beat themselves. We knew that coming into the game. We just made a few too many mistakes.”
Good run, though!
Shaka Smart and the Giant Killers
VCU ~ “ No sacrificial Rams.”
Great Story in the NCAA March Madness
Lots of Fun to watch!
Shaka’s Got ‘Em Believing (VCU Final Four Song)
ESPN’s Dick Vitale said before the tournament “Look at Colorado’s résumé, look at UAB and look at VCU, it’d be an M&Mer — a mismatch, man. It would be like a beauty contest — Roseanne Barr walking in versus Scarlett Johansson. No shot, none whatsoever.”
Virginia Commonwealth University
VCU is situated in the heart of Richmond, the capital of Virginia since 1779
Shaka Smart, the 33-year old who’s got Virginia Commonwealth in the Final Four, is suddenly the hottest coaching commodity in NCAA men’s basketball as the Rams prepare to take on Butler in Houston.
Shaka Smart Quotes
(Shaka Smart developed a love for quotations at Kenyon College. Smart began writing down quotes into a digital document that is now over 110 pages long.)
Smart, who quoted Major League after beating Kansas, said quotes are his biggest hobby.
He said his favorite quote is from his wife:
“Appreciation is the currency of success.”
“We have a point-nine-percent chance. It’s kind of like that movie Dumb and Dumber: ‘So, you’re saying we’ve got a chance?’ ”
We’ve played our best basketball when it matters most … That’s why I’m sitting up here with a net around my neck.
His wife also said (about Shaka wearing the basketball net after the game), “It’s like the lamp shade of basketball.”
Smart talked about some of the advantages he has being only 33. ”I have a lot of energy,” Smart said. “I have the ability to relate to our guys. It wasn’t too long ago I was in college.”
On style of play~ Smart described his “havoc” defensive philosophy during his introductory press conference as, “We are going to wreak havoc on our opponent’s psyche and their plan of attack.”
About his Name: “It’s about the best thing my dad ever did for me,” Smart said. “Because I was raised primarily by my mom. Shaka is an African name, named after a king in southern Africa who united hundreds of thousands of people. He was a warrior, he was a tough dude, and my dad chose to name me after him. You may have seen the movie ‘Shaka Zulu.’ That’s who I’m named after.”
Speaking a day after No. 11 seed VCU upset top-seeded Kansas in the Elite Eight, school athletics director Norwood Teague said he has every intention of keeping Smart in Richmond.
“We’re gonna’ keep him,” Teague said. “We just have to be proactive about it.”
Who is Shaka Smart
Smart earns a $325,000 base salary and he could earn in excess of $500,000 this season.
Smart may be a candidate for several vacancies at power conference schools, where some coaches earn in excess of $2 million.
“In a competition famous for its upsets, the Rams having made it to Houston may be the most unlikely occurrence in the history of the tournament,” says Nate Silver at The New York Times, who listed the Rams as an 820-1 underdog to make the Final Four going into tournament play.
The Rams beat five teams from five different “power” conferences — the Pac 10, Big East, Big 10, ACC, and Big 12 — a feat no underdog has managed in the history of the tournament.
“One of my sisters showed me something where it said Kansas now has a 44 percent chance of winning the national championship,” Smart, 33, announced Saturday, a day before Kansas had zero percent chance of winning a national championship. “We have a point-nine-percent chance. It’s kind of like that movie Dumb and Dumber: ‘So, you’re saying we’ve got a chance?’ ”