The single elimination tournament has sent 60 (actually 61) teams packing and now we’re down to the Final Four when the NCAA tournament shifts to Ford’s Field in Detroit Saturday for the semifinals.

 

The single elimination tournament has sent 60 (actually 61) teams packing and now we’re down to the Final Four when the NCAA tournament shifts to Ford’s Field in Detroit Saturday for the semifinals.
There was only one real surprise – if you consider Villanova anything less than a quality                                                                                                                         member of the last quartet.
Villanova brought Pittsburgh’s otherwise sensational season to a screeching halt, 78-76, with a zinger with a half second to play Saturday to win the East Regional crown.
Connecticut took care of business, eliminating fast-closing Missouri, 82-75, Saturday, for the West Regional title.
Michigan State upended the high-scoring Louisville Cardinals. 64-52, for the Midwest Regional championship.
North Carolina played true to form and appears to be the favorite coming into the Final Four setup after dispatching Oklahoma, 72-60 for the South Regional title.
The Tar?Heels are favored mainly because of their senior leadership. Carolina was the favorite in 2008 before the potent Tar Heel   offense sputtered and died allowing Kansas to take the semifinal matchup.
Memphis became the favorite when the Tigers faced the Jayhawks, but they too stubbled in the home stretch allowing Rock Chalk to win.
I’m going with the Tar Heels which is worth about the same vote as any one of you basketball fans.
              
                Ready for baseball

I’m ready for baseball to start.
The Major Leagues lift off next week just as college basketball is finally closing down.
It would be nice for the Chicago Cubs to finally get to the World Series.
It’s been 64 years since their last trip to the Fall Classic. They lost, of course, to the Detroit Tigers.
Now that a century has passed since the Cubbies last won (in 1908) maybe they will keep their offense from sputtering as it did in the first round of the National League playoffs last October.
It’s anybody’s guess. The following looks appropriate.
American League: Boston, East; Minnesota, Central; Los Angeles, West. LA?Angels to win this time.
National League: New York Mets (won’t choke this time), East; Central, Chicago; San Francisco, West. Heck, let’s go with the Cubs.
World Series:?Angels in seven. Sorry, Cubs, take it one step (a century?) at a time.