When both Harvard and Vegas agree that your team has the best chance to win, things are looking pretty good, no?
I imagine there is a whole faction of Gophers fans out there that are shaking their heads and nervously muttering “No, no, no, no, no, NO!” -- because for certain, just when things have started to look good this season, the bottom has fallen out.
But this is tourney time, after all, the first REAL tourney time the Gophers (and Gophers fans) have had to enjoy since 2010. So try and enjoy it a little, OK? Go ahead, hope and dream about the Sweet Sixteen. The experts say it’s possible, and frankly with this team, you never really know.
There’s only one more afternoon before things really ramp up and about 36 hours before the Gophers play, so soak it in.
To assist in your soaking, I have compiled some interesting and relevant links for your viewing, below:
*First and foremost, my bracket.
You’re welcome. Although maybe I shouldn’t be so snobby considering I am already 2-for-4 in the First Four. So use this information at your own risk.
*And who else likes the Gophers? Well Harvard does.
Harvard likes them to the tune of giving them a 69.9 percent chance of beating UCLA. But what do they know? They’re only the alma mater of 75 Nobel Laureates, eight U.S. presidents and 62 billionaires. Not a big deal.
*Oh, and Nate Silver.
Didn’t go to Harvard, but still a pretty smart dude. He likes the Gophers to win against UCLA and gives them a 13.9 percent chance of making the Sweet Sixteen. But before you get too carried away he gives them just a 0.2 percent chance to win the whole thing. So you’re saying there’s a chance …
*This nifty graphic gives you all kinds of percentages for teams advancing. How far can you reasonably root for the Gophers to go? Need a reality check? Click away.
*All kinds of tourney tidbits
here from ESPN, including a very relevant stat about the Gophers and free-throw shooting.
*TV guides/times etc.
here so you guys don’t have to keep bugging me on Twitter for that stuff. K? Thanks.
Everything you need to know about the South Region
, where the Gophers play, here.
*ESPN's Giant Killers blog
says it's never seen the model come out with such high probability for a potential upset. They're not even mad -- they're impressed. Who do you think it is? I'll give you three guesses.