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Old 03-15-2009, 09:10 AM   #1
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Default Congratulations to my Zips!

MAC Champions! First NCAA Tiurney bid since Bob Huggins took them there in '86.

I expect they'll be a 14 seed, and get smoked by a team like Memphis or something...but, hey, better to go then not!
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Old 03-15-2009, 09:14 AM   #2
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Congrats! Like you said, even if they get knocked out early (and they may wind up being the Cinderella of the tourney - there's at least one pretty much every year), it still beats having to settle for the NIT.
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I'm praying for a 12. The committee owes the program for slighting them in '07. They were 26-7, won the MAC regular season, lost the MAC Championship game on a flukey banking desperation 3, and didn't even make the NIT.

12/5's result in TONS of upsets. But, alas, it'll be a 14 almost for sure...
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:17 PM   #5
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Thanks all!

We drew a #13 and play the #4 Zags Thursday. If Akron shoots 50% or better from 3 point land, they have the defense to win, but I don't see them pulling off this upset. Gonzaga has rattled off 9 straight wins and they are as good as any Zag team in recent memory...
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Wow. Zips gave them a scare. The Zags are susceptable to a physical team, and MAC basketball is pretty physical.

Akron was winning in the first half, all the way until the 9:30 mark of the second half, but Gonzaga pulled away to win 77-64.

Key stat: Zips shot 47% in the first half and were winning at the break by 3. They only shot 26% in the second half, and had a 12 minute dry spell.

Gonzaga will not beat Illinois if the Illini get past Western Kentucky.

Still, what a great season! We were picked to finish 4th in the East conference, and instead we win our first outright conference championship. This was a total rebuilding year, and we only lose one player to graduation, while picking up top recruit 7 foot center Zeke Marshall next season.

My Zips will be back!
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That's good stuff! One of my coworkers is a huge MAC fan (for all sports) and is a big fan (in particular) of the Zips. It's been non-stop emails from him to a small group of us sports nuts. Personally, I'm more of a BGSU fan...but that's because I had a bunch of friends go there while I was on Active Duty.
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Nate Miller (BGSU) is a legit player. Big guy who can do it all...he can even drain 3's.
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Maybe he'll get drafted by the Cavaliers as a long term replacement for an aging Z!

Alright, foolish dream is done. I can't even name a player on my beloved Buckeye's team...let alone on any other college team right now.

I'm much more a fan of football (on all levels) than any level of basketball...though I am getting more interested in the college sports (outside of football.) I'm just nowhere near knowledgeable enough to talk teams or fill out a bracket with anything more than lucky guesses on potential upsets.
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Buckeye's are my last and only hope. They play Sienna at 9:30 tonight...

Evan Turner is their superstar. As he goes, so go the Buckeyes.
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