Spring Practice-Florida

Will Muschamp

Will Muschamp finally started to make his mark on the Florida Gators.

This spring the gators will be reloading the defense, as they lost several players, including DT Sharriff Floyd, SS Matt Elam, and MLB Johnathan Bostic. The best player returning on defense is Dominique Easley, the Senior defensive end, because the best returning defensive back, Loucheiz Purifoy, is moving to offense to bolster the talent at wide receiver, as they have lacked a playmaker ther since Percy Harvin. This week The Gators have moved him back to defense due to injuries, but I would still look for him to play offense this upcoming season. He needs to find out where he’s playing, but help the team as well as he can. This could end up like the Malcolm Mitchell saga from UGA where he is so talented that neither coordinator wants to give him up. The one thing making it easier during the season for the defense, to give Purifoy, up will be the arrival of  Under Armour All-American Vernon Hargreaves III to campus. This is a homerun at cornerback that will be a stud for the next few years in the SEC and help replenish the Florida secondary with NFL talent.

This will be almost the opposite of last season, where they had questions on offense, but the defense was stout. With returning quarterback Jeff Driskell at the helm and a stable of able-bodied playmakers, including Purifoy now, this unit looks like it will garner the attention of the conference. They will stall, due to Driskell’s streaky accuracy, but with his legs they will be running with the horses in the East division of the SEC.

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     The team seems to really be responding to Muschamp’s fiery personality and its paying off as these gators are getting back to this smash-mouth game that it has always been known for. This will help the gators maintain success so that they will not drop below the likes of UGA and South Carolina in the eastern race. They will conclude their spring with their annual scrimmage, Orange and Blue Debut game, on April 6th 2013 at 1pm.

2013 MLB Season Predictions

Well it is finally upon us, Opening Day is right around the corner.  March Madness is garnering all the attention right now but Opening Night is tomorrow night with the Rangers and Astros getting things kicked off.  Opening Day is on Monday, when everyone else will begin their season.  So without further a due, as I promised before, drum roll please….I give you my full season predictions for the 2013 Major League Baseball season.  Here’s how I see everything playing out.

Let’s start things over in the American League..

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  1. Toronto Blue Jays
  2. New York Yankees (Wild Card)
  3. Tampa Bay Rays
  4. Baltimore Orioles
  5. Boston Red Sox

Just can’t deny the Jays with whom all they acquired in the offseason, they are serious about winning now.  Don’t sleep on the beat up Yankees, they will win enough to hang around and then take off when their injured guys get back, don’t ever count out a team that knows how to play good ball.

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  1. Detroit Tiger
  2. Chicago White Sox
  3. Cleveland Indians
  4. Kansas City Royals
  5. Minnesota Twins

Tigers are loaded and play in the weakest division in baseball, that’s about all that needs to be said really.  No matter any of the acquisitions done by any of the other teams, they aren’t close to the Tigers.

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  1. Los Angeles Angels
  2. Texas Rangers (Wild Card)
  3. Oakland Athletics
  4. Seattle Mariners
  5. Houston Astros

Angels possibly have the best lineup in the game and a very nice pitching rotation, I just can’t deny they are the top team in the division and will take control of the division for now and years to come.  The Rangers lost some pieces, Josh Hamilton and Michael Young, but like I said before, don’t ever count out a team that just plays good baseball.  They will nab a wild card spot like the Yankees will.

Now, for your AL MVP and CY Young winners..

Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimAL MVP- Mike Trout– leading off in front of Pujols and Hamilton will surely produce more runs for him as he will continue to get on base at the rate he did last year.  Trout, you will get yours this year, no doubt.

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AL CY Young- David Price- his efforts will once again go unnoticed until he wins the CY Young, much like last season.  He is in his prime and unlike his competition, Verlander and King Felix, he didn’t just get a shiny new contract.  No let down from this guy.

Now moving into the National League, it may leave you scratching your head, but hey, it’s what I feel, so I’m going with it..

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  1. Atlanta Braves
  2. Philadelphia Phillies (Wild Card)
  3. Washington Nationals
  4. New York Mets
  5. Miami Marlins

The Braves have arguably the best lineup in the NL, they have a solid rotation and they do have the best bullpen.  They also always know how to just play winning baseball, they will take the division.  My surprise, the Phillies edging the Nationals for a Wild Card spot.  The Phillies experience and pedigree for winning over the past 4-5 years, other than last year because of injuries, gives them the edge to me.  Like the Orioles, the verdict is still out on the Nats for me.

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  1. St. Louis Cardinals
  2. Cincinnati Reds
  3. Milwaukee Brewers
  4. Pittsburgh Pirates
  5. Chicago Cubs

Cardinals know how to win and always play good baseball.  They are good in every aspect of the game.  They edge the Reds for the division in virtually a two team race for the division crown.

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  1. Los Angeles Dodgers
  2. San Francisco Giants (Wild Card)
  3. Arizona Diamondbacks
  4. Colorado Rockies
  5. San Diego Padres

I have the Dodgers being able to capitalize on all the talent they have in their lineup and starting rotation to win the division.  Led by Matt Kemp and Kershaw, they will take the division barring any unforeseen injuries.  The Giants will be close on their heels and nab a Wild Card Spot.  Their rotation is one of the best but their lineup is not that spectacular.  For this reason I have them falling just short of the Dodgers.

Now for your NL MVP and CY Young winners..

imagesNL MVP- Matt Kemp- A 5 tool player that would’ve won it last year if it weren’t for injuries.  Durability is a question but if he stays healthy he could have his best year ever hitting in this lineup he will be in and potentially lead his Dodgers to great things this year.

 

NL CY Young- Clayton Kershaw- Just now coming into his prime, he will once again be lights out and with a betterClaytonKershaw_display_image team playing behind him for an entire season, it will produce some more wins for him.  He’ll be getting plenty of run support to help him get more than just the 14 wins he had last year.

 

 

Now that the season has been played out, it is time to reveal the playoff predictions..

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NLCS-Dodgers over the Braves

So that means it’s a Los Angeles World Series, they don’t have a NFL team so they can at least have this, right?  Both teams are just too loaded in every aspect of their team to not get to the World Series and make this a true heavyweight fight.  Pujols, Trout, Hamilton, Kemp, Kershaw, Gonzalez, and more all in the World Series.  It’ll be like watching the All-Star game all over again except this time it will REALLY count.  So now to reveal my prediction for the World Series Champion..I have the Angels beating the Dodgers to become 2013 World Series Champions.  The trio of Charlie’s..uh I mean Scioscia’s Angels will be too much for them.

Well there you have it, my full season baseball predictions, hopefully I can get some right and show I know a little something about baseball.  Let me know all your predictions and who you think will be World Series Champions.  I hope you are as excited as I am about baseball approaching, I can’t wait.  Play Ball!

Elite 8 Madness Preview and Predictions

The road to the Final Four continues and the field has been narrowed to eight remaining teams after the completion of the Sweet 16 yesterday.  There will be two games later today and two games tomorrow on Sunday.  Let’s take a look at the upcoming action and I’ll also reveal my winners to advance on to the Final Four.  Who will advance to the Final Four?

Saturday, March 30th

4 Syracuse vs. 3 Marquette @ 4:30 PM ET  CBSNCAA Basketball: Big East Tournament-Louisville vs Syracuse

A Big East clash to determine the East Region champion, Syracuse will try to use their stout 2-3 zone to put a stop to the Golden Eagle’s run in this tournament.  Led by Michael Carter-Williams and James Southerland, Syracuse will look to smother Marquette and use their suffocating defense to get easy fast-break points.  Vander Blue and the Golden Eagles will look to remain hot on the offensive end and continue to be clutch down the stretch, late in games.  They have certainly past the test in winning close games in this year’s tournament, but this team will be the best they have faced so far.

Winner: Syracuse

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For the West Region crown, the last remaining “Cinderella story” is left.  Wichita State has done its fair share of upsets in this tournament and after a flat out beat down on La Salle, they look to be clicking on all cylinders.  Ohio State, led by Mr. Clutch himself, Aaron Craft, look to keep finding that rabbit in the hat and continue to win games on any means necessary.  The Shockers will look to use their strength to get it done by out rebounding the Buckeyes who struggle on the glass, but I’m just not so sure that it will be enough to slow down the dangerous Ohio State attack.  Plus, if it’s close late, it will obvious who is going to win, right?

Winner: Ohio State

Sunday, March 31st

4 Michigan vs. 3 Florida @ 2:20 PM ET  CBSTrey-Burke2

These traditional football powers will battle it out for the South Region championship, proving that they are a power in basketball as well.  Led by Trey Burke, Michigan will look to keep riding the hot hand of this young man after his stellar performance against Kansas.  He didn’t even score until the second half but still finished with 23 points and the important game-tying 3 to send the game to overtime where Michigan would eventually win.  They face a Florida team who just passed the daunting task of beating “America’s Team”, party poopers they are.  Nonetheless, an impressive win after weathering the storm early, they slowly gained control and manhandled the out-gunned FGC Eagles.  Florida will look to use their nasty in the paint game to wear down Michigan and slow down their offensive firepower, but that is going to be awful tough to do, I think.

Winner: Michigan

2 Duke vs. 1 Louisville @ 5:05 PM ET  CBS

Finally the one imagesto wrap up the Elite 8 play, a “clash of the titans” for the Midwest Region championship.  Louisville and Duke will face off in probably the most anticipated matchup of the Elite 8.  Louisville rides in on the amazing play of Russ Smith, who just had 31 points against Oregon to help his Cardinals cruise and giving him a total of 81 points in this tournament, is there any stopping him at this point?  Duke will try to ride its hot hand in Seth Curry, who had 29 points in their win over Michigan State in the Sweet 16.  Mason Plumlee needs to stay out of foul trouble and on the court if they want to have their best chance at winning.  Both teams have been looking great and been handling their opponents throughout the entire tournament.  A great matchup, that will have a National Championship feel, someone has got to come out on top.

Winner: Louisville

 

So there you have it, my picks to advance onto the Final Four that could yield me getting half of my Final Four right (Louisville and Ohio State).  Do you see the trend?  That would be a Big East vs. Big Ten Final Four which makes for exciting basketball and we can get an even better idea as to who has the best conference in basketball this year.  I will have a recap of the Elite 8 after the games has taken place.  Until then, sit back and enjoy the action, I know I will.  Let the madness continue.

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Sweet 16 Madness Recap

And then there were 8…

The Sweet 16 has come to an end and the Elite 8 is now set.  How did we get to this point?  Let’s recap the Sweet 16 and see how it all went down.

NCAA Indiana Syracuse Basketball.JPEG-0cca0On Thursday, there were three double digit wins and one game that featured a very familiar late game winning ending to it.  The East Region was filled with not that much excitement.  3 seed Marquette pretty much manhandled 2 seed Miami in their game.  Shane Larkin not having such a great night, along with the rest of the Miami Hurricanes, they could not find a rhythm and had no answer for Vander Blue and the Marquette Golden Eagles.  Marquette would lead big the whole night and never look back, burying Miami and advancing onto the Elite 8.  Their challenger will be the 4 seed Syracuse Orange after they put down the 1 seed Indiana Hoosiers.  Syracuse, led by James Southerland and Michael Carter-Williams, continued to play their nasty 2-3 zone that Indiana had no answer for.  Indiana looked lost all night and had trouble creating any kind of rhythm on offense to generate points.

The West Region featured an exciting game earlier in the evening with 2 seed Ohio State clipping 6 seed Arizona Wildcats at the buzzer.  Aaron Craft would pass to LaQuiton Ross and he would knock down the 3 with 2 seconds left to give the Buckeyes the win.  Like de ja vu all over again for the Buckeyes, and they advance on again just by the hair on their chinny chin chin.  Later that night 9 seed Wichita State utterly dominated 13 seed La Salle.  They ended the Cinderella run of La Salle, but they continue their run of their own.  The Shockers dominated on the boards 44-24 and this was the biggest reason why the Shockers dispatched of the Explorers.

On Friday night, there was a lot of the same, three wider margin wins and one exciting finish.  In the play_pow_36Midwest Region, the 1 seed Louisville Cardinals handled the 12 seed Oregon Ducks.  A valiant effort and great tournament run by the Ducks, they certainly surpassed expectations, but they were just flat outgunned in this one.  It didn’t help they struggled making the easy plays and really hurt their own chances.  More so though, Louisville’s Russ Smith was spectacular with 31 points and he really dictated the entire game.  They will get to lock up with the 2 seed Duke Blue Devils after they took care of the 3 seed Michigan State Spartans.  The Blue Devils rode their strength in complete basketball behind Seth Curry and were able to win the battle of the legendary coaches.  Sparty just couldn’t quite get it done and that leaves the highest profile matchup for the Elite 8 in 1 seed Louisville against 2 seed Duke.

032913_Michigan_600Last but not least, the South Region had the most interest of the Sweet 16 matchups.  Early in the evening there was the exciting game from 1 seed Kansas and 4 seed Michigan where Trey Burke hit a game tying 3 with under 5 seconds to go to send it to overtime.  Michigan would then go on to win 87-85 and completely rip the heart out of the Kansas Jayhawks because they had the game locked up and could not close it out.  That leaves the last one of the night where Cinderella story 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast Eagles would take on 3 seed Florida Gators.  There was so much hype for this exciting team and their run and rightfully so but maybe too much of the weight of the pressure on their backs.  They started out great early but then the game settled in and Florida started taking over the game and controlling the Eagles.  And yes, it has struck midnight and the Cinderella story is over, sucking the wind out of the tourney in my opinion.  Hate to see that kind of exciting team go down, but as it is, Florida advances to the Elite 8 to take on Michigan and congrats to them, they showed up and took them seriously.

The Elite 8 is just on the horizon as the first two games will get started later today, so stay tuned for my Elite 8 preview and I am going to be doing predictions for this one as well.  I will have that up before the games tip off.  Until then, sleep easy and dream of more exciting finishes for these games, I know I will.

“Show Me The Money!” Worth it?

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According to ESPN, Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers agreed to terms on a 7 year extension worth $180 million dollars and has a chance to add-on an 8th year to make it $202 million.

Yes, that is not a misprint, he is now officially the highest paid pitcher in Major League Baseball history.  There seems to be a trend here, huh?  Apparently the trend is to make every pitcher that needs a new contract the richest in history.  Just recently Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners agreed to terms on a contract worth $175 million that made him the highest paid pitcher in history.  Now to only be out done by Justin Verlander who is rolling in the green as we speak.

So is it worth it?  All this money given to one guy, I mean yes, he is arguably the best pitcher in the game, but is he worth all that money?  Let me know what you think right here.

Tavarres King: Draft Prospect Preview

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Playing “Between the Hedges”, Tavarres King proved to be one of the most loyal and dedicated Georgia Bulldogs.  A 5 year senior, he played wide receiver and for his whole career he was a guy that Georgia could really depend on, especially in the latter portion of his career when he really started to mature and grow into a leadership role.  Never the first one to catch peoples’ eyes, but always the grittiest and smartest player on the field, he certainly knows how to make all the right plays.

King participated in the Senior Bowl where he impressed everyone.  He was measured in at 6’0 in height and weighing 192 pounds.  At the Senior Bowl, he showed the toughness to consistently break off of press coverage and get into his routes, something all the scouts raved about.  He demonstrated the best ability to do this at the Senior Bowl than any other receiver.  He also showed them his fluid route running ability and deceptive speed down the field to run past defenders.  At the NFL Combine he was able to show this off more where he ran an official 40 yard dash at 4.47 seconds.  In the other drills, he benched 225 pounds 11 times, had a vertical jump of 36′ 1/2″, a broad jump of 10′ 03″, 20 yard shuttle of 4.33 seconds, and a 3-Cone Drill of 6.91 seconds.  Although he did not stand out in any one category, he certainly had one of the more well-rounded, solid combines of any of the other receivers.  There were others that stood out more in the individual drills, but King did not go unnoticed.

University of Georgia Football vs. FloridaKing shows the speed to be able to run away from defenders on deep routes and crossing patterns.  Even though he only benched 225 pounds 11 times, he shows the important hand strength to beat press coverage and get down the field quicker than any of the other receivers in the draft.  An attribute that is very important in an NFL receiver.  He has average size for a receiver, which might leave him off of the top of receiver draft boards but King makes up for that with solid leaping ability and good body control in the air.  Even though scouts see inconsistency in catching the football, he can make all the catches, and can use his strong hands to pluck the ball out of the air.  King’s most important aspect of his game is his football IQ and his grittiness on the field, he always knows the right way to run the route to create that important separation and make the play.

I would project him to be drafted in the mid to late 3rd round by any team looking to add some wide receiver help.  He can split out or play the slot which makes him very valuable.  His fluid route running, quickness and speed could really help a team looking for a third receiver to bolster their offensive attack.  When he gets in the NFL and has a chance to grow more, I see him as a solid number 2 option but don’t count out his chances on getting to a number 1 spot because King has dedication and commitment like no other and will always strive to get better.  A high motor, high character guy, he will be great to add to any team and any locker room.  These attributes about King is what made him most successful at Georgia and will make him very successful in the NFL.

Flame Out! Heat Streak Done

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It was a good run for the Heat, but after last night’s tough loss on the road to the Chicago Bulls, the streak has come to an end.  So 1971-’72 Los Angeles Lakers, your streak is safe and secure so you can relax, as the closest team to it now is the New York Knicks who have won 6 straight.  What does this mean for each team?  Well, let’s take a look.

What does it mean for the Heat?

It means that the historic run has come to an end and the Heat have sole possession of the 2nd longest winning streak in NBA history at 27 games.  A streak that produced more total wins than 10 of the 30 teams in the NBA .  The first time they have lost in almost 2 months is simply what it is, just a loss.  Not a momentum crushing blow even though they lost to a Bulls team without 2 of their own stars.  They were simply exposed for their consistent weak rebounding and made paid for it by a Bulls team that can beat you up on the inside.  Is this the “blueprint” to beat the Heat? Of course it is.  Does it mean every team can implement it and beat the Heat? No, it certainly doesn’t.  For this moment though, tip your cap to them Heat, they beat you.  You both played a good game, but the Bulls were just better last night.

What does it mean for the Bulls?

This has to be a confidence booster for a Bulls team that desperately needed it.  Congratulations Chicago, you definitely earned it.  A team that has lacked on the offensive end all season without Derrick Rose but can play even the best defense in the league without their main guy Joakim Noah.  The Bulls have to be encouraged by this win without 2 of their best players and must carry this momentum through the rest of the season and into the playoffs.  The Bulls are showing Derrick Rose that if he can come back they can make a serious run at the title.  Will games like this help Rose make the comeback?  Who knows if it can, but it can’t hurt.  If Rose could come back and be as effective as ever, this would certainly be an Eastern Conference Finals matchup that would have us, and the entire NBA, salivating over.

What does it mean for the 1971-’72 Lakers?

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They can finally breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate.  Go ahead guys, your streak is safe, so do what you do when every winning streak ends, pop the cork!  Or is that something another historic team does?  Hmm, maybe.  Either way, sit back and bask in the glory of the greatest streak in NBA history at 33 games because as of now, no one can touch it.

Umenyiora Officially a Dirty Bird

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Well it is finally official; Osi Umenyiora will be bringing his talents to the A-Town and begin soaring as a Dirty Bird.

According to ESPN, the Falcons and Umenyiora agreed to terms and signed a deal that is reported to be a 2 year deal worth 8.5 million and 5 million of that guaranteed.  So there you go Falcons’ fans, you get your big time defensive lineman to help bolster the defense.  This was definitely a much needed signing for Atlanta because we can all attest that the defense was what needed the most work for the Falcons.  Already signing Steven Jackson and retaining Tony Gonzalez and William Moore, you can say this has already been a very successful off season for the Falcons.

In 129 games for the Giants, Umenyiora produced 75 sacks and was a very productive player for the Giants.  He will definitely give them a consistent pass rush and is a great fit to fill the void from John Abraham being released.  Adding him to a defense that already has Asante Samuel and William Moore in the secondary and Sean Weatherspoon at linebacker really gives this defense the potential to be a solid unit, at least good enough to win many games behind that offense they have in place.

So be excited fans, a native of Georgia already, he wants to play for Atlanta to win Super Bowls because he knows with the way this team is looking, the chances are very good.  I would have to agree, they are going to be very dangerous on offense and with signing Umenyiora, it shows me they are serious about having a good defense and making this a complete team.

Sweet 16 Madness Preview

The ‘Madness’ will resume this week as the Sweet 16 will get under way.  It puts us one step closer to deciding who will be this year’s national champion.  Let’s take a look at what each game has in store.

Thursday, March 27th:

3 Marquette vs. 2 Miami @ 7:15 PM ET  CBS

A matchup between two teams that have been living on the edge in the tournament, Marquette continues to pull out close games in the late seconds and Miami had to hold off a scare against Illinois in its Round of 32 game.  Vander Blue, for Marquette, and Shane Larkin, for Miami, lead this star-studded affair in this Sweet 16 game between Big East and ACC powers.

6 Arizona vs. 2 Ohio State @ 7:47 PM ET  TBS13-03-24-MB-0537-jpg-3-25

Ohio State rolls into this matchup on the hair of their chinny chin chin.  Aaron Craft hit a game winning three with the clock winding down to escape Iowa State.  They get their toughest task yet against Arizona who is playing the best basketball of their season right now.  Although their wins are over an 11 and 14 seed, they have nonetheless been taking care of business.  They get their first real test against Ohio State, let’s see if they are ready.

4 Syracuse vs. 1 Indiana @ 9:45 PM ET  CBS

It’s a matchup of two traditional powerhouses in basketball.  This should be one of the best games of the Sweet 16, many basketball stars will take to the court in this one.  Syracuse’s James Southerland will lead his team against Victor Oladipo and Indiana.  Can Syracuse hold off Indiana’s top scoring offense? To beat Indiana, Syracuse is going to have too.  To cut down on the points from Indiana, Syracuse needs to take advantage of its ability to rebound to keep Indiana from getting second chance points.  This will give Syracuse the best shot at knocking off the number 1 seed.

13 La Salle vs. 9 Wichita State @ 10:17 PM ET  TBS

The matchup everyone will have their eyes on..Maybe.  A matchup between a 9 and 13 seed doesn’t appear to be that exciting but these teams are legitimate and don’t let the seeding deter you from watching this game.  La Salle’s own Tyrone Garland is just one of the many reasons to watch, an unknown star in the making that certainly is making his name known in this tournament.  Wichita State, fresh off their win over the 1 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs have to have all the confidence in the world right now.  Too hot teams, one great game.  I can’t wait.

Friday, March 28th:

12 Oregon vs. 1 Louisville @ 7:15 PM ET CBS120303.ajm_.bkc_.utah_4867-670x536

Another surprise of the bracket, PAC 12 Champ Oregon, taking on the “chalk” of the bracket.  Louisville possesses talent all over which is going to make it an uphill battle for the Ducks to pull this one-off.  But don’t count them out, that’s what people have been doing all year and they just keep proving us wrong.  So just because it is a 12 vs. a 1 don’t flip away from this one, it could just be the next big upset in the tournament.

4 Michigan vs. 1 Kansas @ 7:37 PM ET CBS

A powerhouse matchup that is sure to bring the roof down Friday night.  These two teams roll in playing their best basketball of the season.  Led by Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan has been rolling through the tournament so far.  Playing in the tough Big Ten has definitely prepared them for a game like this because they are certainly battle tested.  They’ll be trying to take down a Kansas team that all though has faced a less daunting task than Michigan over the season, they are definitely one of the best in the country.  Going to be a heavyweight fight for sure.

3 Michigan State vs. 2 Duke @ 9:45 PM ET CBS

A game of legendary coaches, Tom Izzo of Michigan State and Mike Krzyzewski of Duke, going head to head trying to bolster their already impressive coaching resume.  Duke has only lost one game playing with Ryan Kelly in the lineup and looks almost unbeatable at times, and Michigan State, from the mighty Big Ten, is out to prove they are one of the best in the land.  Duke can really score but has trouble getting rebounds, where Michigan State is the opposite of that, so it’ll be interesting to see which team has the most success imposing their contrasting strengths.

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15 Florida Gulf Coast vs. 3 Florida @ 9:57 PM ET TBS

To round out the Sweet 16, you got the most exciting team in the land against Florida.  That’s right, FGCU has taken the country by storm by manhandling their first two opponents, Georgetown and SDSU, and just put on a show.  Florida is out to make sure the clock strikes twelve on this Cinderella story, but they have got their hands full for sure.  I would say it’s almost like Florida against the world, because let’s be honest, who isn’t pulling for the Eagles of Florida Gulf Coast?  An explosive team that has another daunting task facing another top team.  Can FGCU do it again, or will Florida end their run?

However these games play out, it is sure to be an exciting Sweet 16 and full of lots of drama, we hope.  I know I am ready to sit back and enjoy these games.  Recap of the Sweet 16 will follow the round when it is all said and done.  Who will advance to the Elite 8?  We’ll have to watch it unfold to find out it.  Let the madness continue.

Spring Practice-Florida State

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Headed into spring Clint Trickett looks to take his turn at QB for the Seminoles.

This spring the ‘Noles are taking the field for the first time in 3 years without NFL Draft prospect E.J. Manuel under center. He was the clear-cut number one quarterback for this team, of the past few years. As this spring continues, Head Coach Jimbo Fisher has told us that there will be equal rotation of all four quarterbacks in practice and he will not set a timetable for making the decision on the starter, but all major signs point to rising Junior quarterback Clint Trickett who is the only one of these candidates who has seen extensive, meaningful playing time.  This should be an interesting position battle to watch for sure.

The defense is always a topic of excitement when discussing the Florida State Seminoles, mainly because of the vast amount of talent located on that side of the ball. New defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is looking for the playmakers that will dictate what this season brings; Lamarcus Joyner has decided to make the move to cornerback to help solidify the secondary and bring leadership to that level of the defense.

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The other things to watch will be the top newcomers, who look to make an immediate impact on the 2013 season. Top outside linebacker in the 2013 class, Matthew Thomas, is headed to Tallahassee. Along with Thomas, joining the defense, cornerback Jalen Ramsey will add much needed talent to the secondary and help on special teams. The offense gets a gem in ‘athlete’ Ryan Green who would do the team and his talents the most justice by playing running back and handling the load, which will help this offense continue to be balanced. The spring practice sessions will conclude with the annual spring game on Saturday April 13, 2013, at 2 pm.

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This team looks like it can still win the ACC, as it’s only main competition is Clemson. The ACC is actually very winnable for the foreseeable future, and this program need to re-take the stranglehold it once had throughout the ’90s and taake care of business.

Tell us what you think, will they keep their crown atop the ACC? Or will they succumb to another?