NCAA Tournament / Sun Bracket Challenge: March 2008 Archives

Patrick O is leading the Sun Bracket Challenge after the first weekend with 219 points, giving him an eight-point lead over Danny P.

Tom Sc. with 206, Gordon H with 200 and Thomas Su with 197 round out the top five heading into the Sweet 16.

While The Heat Index was not allowed to "officially" enter the Sun Bracket Challenge, meaning we can't win the glorious prizes or "officially" taunt the feeble readers and their silly picks, we did fill out a bracket.

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By Patrick Mooney

Already you can almost hear Luther Vandross singing over top of the Belmont players who nearly shocked Duke. The reaction shots from Thursday night's 71-70 loss will almost certainly make an appearance in "One Shining Moment," and they will be remembered "as the team that almost did it."

On the way to Washington, D.C., Belmont guard Jon Rice - a Waubonsie Valley graduate redshirting his freshman season - said the two teams played a similar style of up-tempo basketball that revolved around the 3-point line. Rice seemed to think his veteran teammates, after making two-consecutive NCAA trips, would better handle the experience.

Even though one program is a former NAIA school, and the other is one of college basketball's bluebloods, the game showed how the talent gap is narrowing.

The stakes mean the intrigue will extend beyond 94 feet, to off-court distractions. While dismissing the Scott Skiles to Indiana rumor, Bob Kravitz wonders: How many Hoosiers does it take to screw up a coaching search?

Good night, and good luck: If you find Katie Couric or Billy Packer annoying, direct your complaints to Sean McManus, the president of CBS News and CBS Sports who probably can't afford to call in sick this week.

I've spent most of the morning combing over all the NCAA analysis as I attempt to fill out the East bracket, the toughest in the tournament. Most of the experts figure you've got No. 1 overall seed UNC facing No. 2 Tennessee in the fight to come out of the East. But what about some serious discussion of No. 3 Louisville? If you're still mulling over who to pick in The Sun's bracket challenge, consider the Cardinals not just a dark horse, but a serious contender, even more so than Tennessee.

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Brad Engel is the longest-tenured member of The Sun sports staff and has won several national and state awards in his coverage of preps as well as the Chicago Bears, Chicago Fire and general sports.

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Patrick Mooney covered politics, prep sports and professional baseball for several print and online media outlets before joining The Sun in August 2007. He concentrates on prep sports, writing features, profiles and breaking recruiting news.

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