Bracketology with Laz Jackson

18 Mar
lazYou’re so lucky. There are experts upon experts and everyone from Samuel L. Jackson to Barack Obama has a bracket. But me? I’m just smart enough to know I don’t have all the answers. Which makes me right more often than I’m wrong. So, with no further ado:
The Laz Jackson NCAA Bracketology Rules:

Rule #1:
Teams that are ranked #1 are ranked #1 for a reason. Don’t forget that.
Corollary to Rule #1: Don’t not pick #1 seeds to go in the Final Four because it’s “boring”. If they’re the best team, they should win.

Why Pick Against Him?

Why Pick Against Him?

Rule #2:
A single upset should not break your bracket in two. Pick with your head, not your heart, ESPECIALLY if you’re trying to win a pool.

Rule #3:
Legendary coaches are legendary for a reason. And that reason is their ability to extract reason from frantic 19-year-olds. Stick with that.

Rule #4:
The more talented, relatively influential seniors, the better. (Which is why Marquette was going to break some hearts until James went down.)

Rule #5:
Level-headed floor general point guards, not athletic freaks of nature, are what win championships.

Rule #6:
Guys coming off injuries? Don’t trust them. Everyone’s willing to gamble their health for that “One Shining Moment”.

My headaches will give you headaches.

My headaches will give you headaches.

(Yes, Mr. Lawson, I am staring DIRECTLY at you.)

Rule #7:
Don’t underestimate “homecourt”. A team like UCLA that’s playing in Pennsylvania has one, maybe two games in them before playing six-on-five goes against them.

Rule #8:
If you have a favorite celebrity, and they fill out a bracket, don’t look at it. You’ll only second-guess yourself. (Unless your favorite celebrity is Barack Obama. Then, maybe you should.)

Rule #9:
Don’t underestimate guys from the West Coast because you’ve never seen them play. Find some tape. Watch a highlight or two. It’s called research.

Rule #10:
Everyone is wrong. Everyone is right. Listening to everyone will only result in fights. Make a decision based on what you think.
And I’m not God, I can’t give you more than 10 Commandments.

 

 

 

With that said, my picks:

Sweet 16

Midwest:
Louisville
Wake Forrest
West Virginia
Michigan State

West:
UConn
Washington
Missouri
Memphis

East:
Pittsburgh
Florida State
Villanova
Texas

South:
UNC
Illinois
Syracuse
Oklahoma

Elite Eight:
Louisville
Michigan State
UConn
Memphis
Pittsburgh
Texas
UNC
Syracuse

Final Four:
Louisville
UConn
Texas (Blair gets in foul trouble against that scary deep Texas frontline, and the game’s over)
UNC

Talented Two:
Louisville
UNC

Champ:
Louisville. Best team in the nation, in the end, means you are the best team in the nation.

I reserve the right to be completely wrong about everything I say here.

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One Response to “Bracketology with Laz Jackson”

  1. Gangstarr Girl March 27, 2009 at 4:54 pm #

    I don’t really know much about b’ball beyond having a general idea of having to play lol, but I just wanted to thank you for hooking me up with Mae Day’s peeps.

    Starr

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