NCAA March Madness in January: My Picks for Blockbuster Saturday

Jennifer TaglioneCorrespondent IJanuary 17, 2009

Today is a Blockbuster of a day in NCAA basketball. The match-ups are so intense that it’s almost like a sneak peek in to what’s to come in March Madness.

Key games all day long!

I have some super fun things in store for today and I’m hoping to give you some live updates later!

I’m even going to give you the sneak peek at my newest article which I published to Bleacher Report this morning! It’s in a fun slide-show format there! Or you can wait an hour and I’ll be jazzing it up a bit with my unique flair for here! Two of the players featured are actually in the key match-ups today!

The Top 9 College Basketball Players You Need To Know But Probably Don’t

Noon: No. 13 Notre Dame at No. 8 Syracuse

Tough call for me because I just wrote about Syracuse’s Arinze Onuaku but I think that ND’s Kyle McAlarney is super-hot. And Syracuse is in N.Y. and their colors are orange and blue like my college. I’m going with Syracuse.

*Update: Syracuse won 93-74 but the game was closer than that throughout.

2:03 p.m. No. 5 Oklahoma Sooners at Texas A&M Aggies

I don’t care, I’m going Sooners because I still feel bad that Sam Bradford and the Sooners lost in the BCS football title game. And they have Blake Griffin who is in the elite of elite in the country right now. And he’s HOT. Holy crap. He has a brother Taylor! Shut up! So going Sooners! I take back what I said earlier about What Happened to the all the Hot College Players?

3:30 p.m.: No. 3 Wake Forest at No. 9 Clemson

I may regret this but I think I am finally going to put aside my 10 year grudge with Wake Forest. I’ve been anti-Demon Deacons ever since they had Tim Duncan and they would go head-to-head with UMass and Marcus Camby. Wake Forest has Jeff Teague, one of the best guards in the country. And the only reason I didn’t mention him in my Unknown Players that You Gotta Know article is that he seemed to already be known! I’m going with you guys. You better not piss me off or I will seriously never, ever, ever pick you in a March Madness bracket ever again!

3:45 p.m.: No. 15 ASU at No. 7 UCLA

Best all-around player in ASU’s James Harden. Best point guard in the country with UCLA’s Darren Collison. For shits and giggles I’m going with the Arizona State Sun Devils. I learned all about their silent star James Harden last night and I really liked what I learned. He’s been having a rough patch the last few games but I think he has what it takes to beat the Bruins

4:00 p.m.: Illinios at No. 10 Michigan State

I’m going MSU. And you will love my reason why! I was reading about their guard Kalin Lucas who is pretty much bad-ass and went to look-up a pic of him to see if he was as hot as his stats and this is the pic I found:

It is a true BFF moment if I ever saw one!

6:00 p.m.: No. 1 Pittsburgh at No. 20 Louisville

I usually love when the No. 1 falls but I truly don’t know enough about this yet. I have a few hours to think it over but for now I’ll go Pitts.

Other games that I don’t know times for…sorry!

8:00 p.m. Miami at No. 6 North Carolina.

I am so going with Miami. I don’t even care if they lose spectacularly. I’m not going with UNC because I can’t tell you how many times I heard the name Tyler Hansborough last night and it’s really starting to irritate the crap out of me.

Georgetown at Duke

I am just going with Duke because otherwise my friend Mark will never help me with another college basketball article ever!


And now I’m just going to direct you over to for the complete breakdown and I do apologize. It’s been a hell of a week first with the flu and now with a major plumbing thing. Let’s just say my upstairs shower is somehow leaking into the downstairs bathroom. At least it’s landing right into the toilet! But the plumber is here and I’m running up and downstairs with him.

Stay tuned for more Blockbuster Saturday fun!