The Bracket Yard Daily, March 1, 2021: CBB Bracketology, Spring Training, Nix Tragedy
Uprooting some seedings.
What’s the latest update on college basketball bracketology, you ask, and is that really baseball we just saw with fans in the stands? Welcome to the first Daily for March 2021.
Top Sports Stories
|[CBB] Bracketology Update|
We published the big update yesterday, which featured a great deal of movement, as well as the latest Bubble Watch. Things are not static in a college basketball season, especially when you are less than two weeks away from Selection Sunday. Of course there are new updates to be had.
- Villanova’s loss to Butler was bad, but only Quadrant 2. It will knock them backwards but may even keep them on the 2 line.
- Michigan State’s loss complicates things for them a bit. Maryland just happens to be just as hot as they are, but they need to plan on doing some damage in the Big Ten Tournament. We are dropping MSU to “last team in.”
- Iowa beat Ohio State, 73-57, and almost certainly knocked the Buckeyes off of the 1 line. Iowa may be up to a 2 now. As far as who takes the fourth and final number one seed? At this point it’s either Alabama or West Virginia, and leaning towards Alabama.
|[MLB] Spring Training Begins|
A year ago, Spring Training baseball started in just the same way as it has every other year. Major League Baseball never ended Spring Training its normal way, and we ended up getting a 60-game baseball season. In 2021, baseball is back with a full schedule and Spring Training. Grapefruit League and Cactus League action began on Sunday. The managers of the competing teams can, if they so mutually agree, reduce the game length to five or seven for the next two weeks, or seven thereafter.
Nobody will be following Grapefruit League or Cactus League standings around here. It’s debatable as to whether or not the teams even care if they win these games. However, with the start of March and baseball back on the diamond in Arizona and Florida, it’s a sure sign of the coming of spring.
|[NFL/CFB] Former NFL, Notre Dame Player Nix Dead|
Sad news out of the football world this weekend as Louis Nix, a former Notre Dame star defensive tackle who spent three years in the National Football League, was found dead on Saturday after he was reported missing by his family. Police are still investigating the matter.
Nix played four years for Notre Dame, including on the 2012 team that made the national championship game against Alabama. He was selected in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans and spent one season, playing in no games, with them before bouncing to the New York Giants, Washington Redskins, and Jacksonville Jaguars. All four of his NFL games played were with the Giants. Nix was just 29 years old.
Games of the Day
[CBB] Oklahoma at Oklahoma State: Bedlam happens again between two teams with legitimate tournament aspirations.
[CBB] Arizona at Oregon: Possible last gasp for the Wildcats’ tournament hopes against the Ducks.
[NHL] Carolina at Florida: 26 wins between these two teams.
[NHL] Toronto at Edmonton: And make that 30 wins between these two.
[NBA] Brooklyn vs. San Antonio: Opportunity for Spurs to prove they’ve still got it against solid Nets team.
5 Good Sports Links
- [CFB] “North Dakota State blown out by Southern Illinois, snapping 39-game winning streak,” Yahoo! Sports (Sam Cooper)
- [MLB] “Two Sluggers Aren’t Quite Done, but the End Is Near,” New York Times (Benjamin Hoffman)
- [NBA] “NBA’s G League investigating after Jeremy Lin said he was called ‘coronavirus’ on the court,” NBC News (Nicole Acevedo)
- [MLB] “MLB’s noncompetitive behavior issues are now out there for the world to see,” ESPN (Buster Olney)
- [NHL] “Vegas Golden Knights cancel partnership with sports betting pick-seller following intense backlash,” Awful Announcing (Sean Keeley)