Selection Sunday…Zero Hour is nigh.  Little time to look around with only a handful of games on tap.  Sadly, the ACC Championship is not one of them.  Since the early 80’s this was a Sunday afternoon staple–and now it’s a Saturday night special.  I always thought the Big East made a major mistake in the 90’s when they moved their title tilt from one of a few games being played Sunday afternoon to one of the many games played in an overcrowded Saturday.  I mean, when wrapping up the conference tournament season wouldn’t you rather see the ACC than the AAC?  Although the American Athletic Conference of America has the defending champ in their midst. 

The Insiders:

Virginia– ESPN has the Cavaliers as a #2 seed in the East…playing Belmont in Charlotte.  CBS sends UVa to Charlotte as the South’s #1 seed–facing North Florida or Manhattan.  A lot could hinge on if Wisconsin wins the Big Ten Championship. 

Maryland–#3 seed in the East, headed to Pittsburgh and a matchup with Northeastern.  No real change over the last week…

Georgetown–CBS has the Hoyas a #5 seed in the West playing Wofford in Jacksonville, while ESPN has Gtown a #6 seed in the East facing Mississippi or Temple in Pittsburgh.  Meaning they’d face Maryland in the round of 32.  Not the same as Anaheim, but we’ll take it.

VCU– the Rams are a #8 seed in both models: CBS sends Shaka Smart’s team to Pittsburgh where they’ll play Ohio State…while ESPN has VCU facing St. John’s in Charlotte.  Could the Rams get a bump with a win over Dayton in the Atlantic 10 Finals?

 

On Tap Today–

1PM–Atlantic 10 Finals–VCU plays Dayton– the Rams lost to the Flyers 59-55 at home February 28th in a game where they shot 34% and only forced 8 turnovers.  The 1-2 combination of Treveon Graham (16pts and 9reb) and Melvin Johnson (16ppg, 11-24 from 3pt range) has powered the reconfigured (minus Briante Weber) Rams during the A-10 Tournament.  Can they contain Jordan Sibert?  The Flyers leading scorer dropped 19 points on VCU in February.  Rout Watch:  if the game gets out of hand, look for a walk-on named Joey Gruden–#44 in your program.  The sophomore is the son of Redskins coach Jay Gruden… and does a great Jon Gruden imitation.

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