NCAA Tournament

Everything According to Plan – For the First Four Hours, Anyway

So far, so good. Only one game picked incorrectly, as UNLV ran Kent State out of the gym. I thought Kent State would handle the Rebels, since they came to Saint Mary’s and beat the Gaels a little while ago.

None of the early Thursday games have given us any surprises yet, however, so I doubt I’m ahead on any of my brackets.

The bad news is I can’t watch any of the games at work because a certain website that shall remain nameless keeps saying I need a Microsoft plug-in to watch the games. I’ve probably downloaded about four updates already, and I’ve come to this conclusion: use a Mac, no games for you.

Bynum Back Earlier Than Expected?

Lakers fans like myself can reluctantly rejoice, as Phil Jackson seems to have been playing tricks on all of us. He said just a couple days ago that Andrew Bynum wouldn’t be available until the first round of the playoffs at least, meaning his impact would probably be pretty minimal this postseason unless the Lakers advanced further.

Yesterday, Jackson said regarding his Tuesday announcement, “I threw that out there to kind of take everything off the table,” according to the L.A. Times. “We’re (now) saying it was three weeks as of (last) Sunday.”

That means Bynum could have a full week of regular season games to try to get back into game shape, so he may well get back to being the nerf-dunker we all got to know and love during the first half of the season earlier than anybody figured.

Whether or not the Warriors, who gained a game on the slumping Denver Nuggets last night, will be the team the Lakers meet in the first round is still up in the air. Just call it a feeling, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if my favorite team (Lakers) and the team I watch the most (Warriors) met up in the first round. I might need to take a couple weeks off work if that happens, a Lakers/Warriors matchup would be far too distracting, even during daytime hours.

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