I’m writing this post from the awesome covered patio at our Third Base Round Rock location, sipping a cold frosty Budweiser from a bottle ($2.50 happy hour, guys!!), relaxing and enjoying the Texas spring, complete with a cool breeze blowing. Alright, alright…I’m actually getting ready to go to work waitressing tonight…and definitely not having a beer…but I wish I was!!
Tonight kicks off the first of the Sweet Sixteen games in the NCAA men’s tournament. There are four matchups this evening and four tomorrow as these warriors battle for a spot as one of the nation’s Elite 8. Tonight’s games bring a lot of highly ranked seeds, kicking off with a game between #2 San Diego State and #3 University of Connecticut in the West bracket.
Matching up next is the game I will be watching tonight, BYU and Florida. I know the Gator proud will be gathering at Third Base’s downtown location, but I am anxious to see how the Gators handle Jimmer Fredette – can they stop this powerhouse? Neither team has exactly snuck into this game tonight, with BYU dominating both St. John’s and Gonzaga and Florida handily beating a couple of California teams. To win this one, Gator Nation knows they have to do more than just stop Jimmer-mania on the court, although it appears he is only getting better as the season wears on, scoring 30-plus points in six of his last seven games.
The late games on Thursday will see Arizona (who many will argue to the death does not deserve to be in this game after a questionable call that gave them the victory over Austin’s beloved Longhorns) challenge #1 seed Duke University. As much as people love to hate Duke, you have to love what Coach K has done with that program, bringing his 900th win to the Blue Devils last weekend against Michigan. Will he win two more and become the winningest coach in NCAA history? Looks like from his comments on Wednesday, when asked about the NBA amid rumors that Phil Jackson will retire at the end of the season, that Coach Krzyzewski plans to make that a reality as he said even a job with the Lakers was not worth leaving what he has at Duke.
The final matchup tonight will be the Wisconsin Badgers and the Butler Bulldogs. Will Wisconsin be able to control their turnovers and overcome the scrappy Butler team that has proven they are in this tournament to win it? Butler’s dynamic duo of Shelvin Mack and Matt Howard should prove a test for the Big Ten powerhouse, but will it be enough to pull off the upset over the Badgers?