The second weekend of the tournament has come and gone.
Let us scan the results. Not surprisingly, the Kentucky faithful have shot to the top of the leaderboard. As have the Wisconsin fans. If you have not been living under a rock these past few days, you will already know that both of these teams have advanced to the Final Four and that they will meet next Saturday in a rematch of a game from last year’s tournament, in which the Wildcats dispatched the Badgers en route to a spot in the championship game.
Prediction: This year’s result will be reversed. Wisconsin, led by presumptive player of the year Frank Kaminsky, will defeat Kentucky. The end result will not be close. You heard it here first. The power of desire has a way of interfering with reason.
I have to look well past the top ten to find myself, sitting tied with two others for 17th place in the standings.
But am I dismayed? Not at all. How could I be after spending the weekend watching basketball with John Swanson? (If you are not aware, if you do not have to have television service to watch the tournament it can be streamed to your laptop via CBSsports.com and viewed on your external monitor).
How could I be anything but euphoric after watching Duke cut down the nets in Houston last night? (The 12th such occasion for Coach K.)
Duke and Michigan State fill out the other half of the Final Four equation. They will meet next Saturday to determine which will play Wisconsin (indulge my fantasy, please) in the final.
Am I comforted to know that Coach K is 8-1 lifetime against Michigan State coach Tom Izzo? I am.
Am I dismayed to know that, even if Duke wins out, I will likely not prevail in the Idiots’Hoopla standings? I am not.
The Blue Devils reaching the Final Four is far more than I could have hoped for. Whatever happens moving forward is gravy.
Plus, I already have a subscription to Idiots’Books.