March Madness (sort of)…
For a lot of people, baseball fans included, today’s start of the NCAA basketball tournament pushes spring training to the back seat temporarily as final scores begin rolling in.
I am taking a little different approach to the tournament this year and by that I mean I am using the currently listed active and 40 man rosters, not including the non-roster invitees from coloradorockies.com to give my thoughts on whose college will end up where in the tourney. First off, these players will find thmeselves cheering for schools other than their own in the “big dance” as their alma-maters are not in the tournament.
Stephen Register- Auburn, Jason Hirsh- Cal Lutheran, Ryan Spilborghs- Cal Santa Barbara, Seth Smith- Mississippi, Matt Murton- Georgia Tech, Jason Grilli- Seton Hall, Greg Reynolds- Stanford, Clint Barmes- Indiana State, Joe Koshansky- Virginia, and Troy Tulowitzki- Long Beach State.
Now to those whose schools are in the tournament. Brad Hawpe and Greg Smith’s alma mater, LSU Tigers take on Butler in an 8 versus 9 matchup. Omar Quintanilla and Huston Street’s alma mater, the Texas Longhorns face Minnesota in a 7 versus 10. Garrett Atkins’ UCLA Bruins will face a feisty Virginia Commonwealth University in the first round, in which an upset is very possible, think VCU and Duke 2 years ago. Jeff Baker’s Clemson Tigers go against Michigan in another 7 versus 10 matchup. Todd Helton’s Tennessee Volunteers take on the Oklahoma St. Sooners (#8 vs #9).
Who has the best chance of winning the tourney you ask? That would be Chris Iannetta who went to North Carolina. His Tarheels will not have to worry about Ryan Speier’s Radford University Highlanders this afternoon in the first round, even with Ty Lawson not playing.
So as much as I hate to even think it being I’m a Duke fan, Chris Iannetta’s North Carolina Tarheels look to have the best shot of winning the NCAA’s at least within the Rockies roster of players and their respective schools.