I told you Wichita State was going to win. I told you!
(I also told you two other teams were going to win, and, well, you’ll see in a minute how that went.)
WSU went up 20 points on Ohio State last night, then nearly proceeded to foul and turn the ball over enough to bring the Buckeyes back within a bucket before a late three gave the Shockers some breathing room.
I think I now believe, moving forward, that a team should never, ever call off the proverbial dogs. I don’t care if you’re up by 10, 20, or 40, keep playing. It may sound unsportsmanlike, but when you cross the sideline/foul line/touch line and walk onto the field of play, you’re signing up for whatever happens.
This is not to say that you should leave your starters in a 30-point game in the last five minutes. I just mean that if you play a style that means you shoot in the first 10 seconds of the shot clock, and you play tight defense and run the floor, don’t slow it down to burn clock and not be jerks when you’re up 25. Too many strange things can happen.
So coaches: don’t take your foot off the gas. You certainly can, and should, change drivers, but don’t take your foot off the gas.
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CIT: I have dominated this event all month, to the tune of a .750 winning percentage. So of course I go 0-2 on Semifinal Saturday. Of course. The championship game is set for Tuesday. Hint: I’m picking Weber State over East Carolina.
NCAA: I already mentioned that my pick came through. I’m proud of myself.
Seeing as I’m within two games of .500, I’m going to pick both of today’s games. If I miss both, then the dream is dead. If I hit one, I’ll need to go 3-for-3 in Atlanta to have a winning record, 2-for-2 to get to .500. Needless to say, if I win them both, I can play it safe and have a good shot at being at least even-steven.
The picks: Florida -3 (lead pipe lock) and Louisville -4. Not super confident in either one of them, but they’re the best options.
Irrelevant Postseason Total: 46-26
Lead Pipe Locks: 8-3
NCAA Spread Picks: 9-11-1