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Championship Week Kicks Off March Madness

Posted by sportsmaven on March 6, 2007

This is one of my favorite sports times of the year. ESPN kicks off it’s Championship Week and the second tier conferences are wrapping up their Conference tournaments this week. To my dismay, my local school where I grew up, George Mason University, lost to Virginia Commenwealth University tonight in the CAA Championship. George Mason had a tough season this year, entering the game 18-14. Mason had the lead for most of the night and had a 5 point lead with 1:43 to go in the game. It looked like Mason was answering every shot tht VCU was taking, but VCU wiped out that 5 point lead in 11 seconds and a shell shocked Mason never recovered. There will be a new Cinderella this year as last year’s Cinderella isn’t dancing anymore.

George Mason Cinderella No More
(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

So this is what I’m going to be doing all weekend next weekend. The Fighting Illini start their road to what we hope to be a NCAA Tourney bid by taking the long road with a Thursday game against Penn St. This is the first time that the Illini have played on a Thursday in the Big Ten Conference Tournament since 1998. Illinois will have to win this game and maybe one other game to get themselves off the bubble for the NCAA Tourney. The Penn St. game should be a victory. They will most likely play Ohio St. in the second round if they beat the Nittany Lions. Good luck with that Ohio St. game.

De Paul Making NCAA Run
(AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
My sleeper pick to make the field of 64 for the NCAA’s is DePaul University. DePaul has been on a little bit of a roll of late and are playing quite well. They are the 9th seed in the Big East Conference tournament and are poised to make some noise. With 2-3 solid wins in the conference tournament, they could make the NCAA’s. With Sammy Mejia and Wilson Chandler, anything can happen.

My overall sleeper for the National Championship this season: Georgetown. I like their big front line. I like their heritage, and they just moved into the Top 10 rankings today at #9. Nobody else stands out to me, as this could be a wide open tournament. If Georgetown wins the whole thing, just remember, you heard it here first.

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