After pulling yet another impromptu all night meeting/brainstorming session, the editorial board of Drive and Dish has emerged with its NCAA Tournament brackets filled out in their entirety.
Hours were spent in heated debate. Scouting reports were pondered, poured over and internalized. Individual player and team matchups were examined, discussed and dissected.
Arguments may have occurred. Feelings may have been hurt. Punches may have been thrown. Computer screens may have been smashed. Authorities may have been called. Officers may have intervened. Drive and Dish editorial board members may have been taken away, shirtless, in the back of a Crown Victoria patrol cruiser. Misdemeanor assault and battery charges may have been filed. Certain Drive and Dish editorial board members may have spent the night in jail. The same editorial board members may or may not have dropped the soap in the jail shower and been forced to get in touch with their "feminine sides." Trashtalk Superstar may have helped certain Drive and Dish editorial board members out, but disappointed police, by neglecting to press charges (hey, a little fighting is no big deal to me -- it's water under the bridge). Certain Drive and Dish editorial board members may or may not be featured on a future episode of Cops (again, shirtless, of course).
Anyway, after a couple of long nights, we've got our brackets all filled out.
And thus, we present Drive and Dish's official 2008 NCAA Tournament brackets (click on brackets to enlarge):
* Asterisks denote games about which the respective Drive and Dish contributor feels less than certain about his predicted winner (and might be inclined to change his pick, were it not prohibited by the editorial board of this blog).
*Trashtalk Superstar adds:
1.) I picked Kentucky over Marquette in the first round, but believe that Marquette should (and probably will) win that game. However, I think that Kentucky will give Marquette a tough time and I don't think that Marquette will have a long Tournament shelf life.
2.) I picked Villanova over Clemson, but believe Clemson to be the better team. However, Clemson's point guard shoots under 50% from the free throw line. And should Clemson find itself locked in a close game, the fact that Clemson's primary ball handler can't be relied on to make his free throws presents a major weakness that opponents can exploit (especially in the final minutes of the game).
3). West Virginia is capable of beating Duke. I wouldn't be surprised to see Bob Huggins' Mountaineers upset the Blue Devils if the two teams meet in the second round (although I picked Duke to win that hypothetical game in my bracket).