Milwaukee — I broke Rule 1 of Bracketology about 16 hours ago: I started bragging.
“Haven’t missed a game,” I told Randy Waters of 11Alive yesterday after Georgia Tech’s open practice.
“You had Murray State?” he said.
“Yes,” I said. “And keep going. I also had St. Mary’s and Old Dominion.”
I was unbeaten through the afternoon games even though the day’s first three games all looked to be going against me. (Old Dominion, BYU and Villanova each won narrowly, the latter two in overtime.) I thought to myself: “You could have the 16-0 day you’ve always dreamed of having.”
Dream on, moron.
The night’s doings: UNLV lost to Northern Iowa, and I’d picked the Rebels because of their coach, who used to be the Atlanta Hawks’ coach; Marquette lost to Washington late, and I’d picked the Eagles because they played in the Big East, and then Ohio wiped out Georgetown, and I’d picked against the Bobcats because I’d forgotten how dangerous Mid-American teams can be. Anyone remember Miami (Ohio)?
And then, just after midnight EDT, Wake Forest’s Ish Smith hit a last-second shot to beat Texas in overtime. I didn’t like Texas, but I think the Deacons are awful. Not awful enough, alas.
So my dream day wound up being only pretty good. I was 12-4. But, because I committed the sin of pride by bragging, I know I’ll be 2-14 on Day 2. Let this be a lesson, kids: When going good — and when it comes to predicting, I’m almost never going good — keep your mouth shut.
Logistics: The first game of the day — Xavier against Minnesota — is about to begin across the street, but we’re not going to do a live chat off that because I can’t imagine it would be of much interest to you. The chat is being saved for Georgia Tech’s game with Oklahoma State. We’ll get going around 6 — the game commences at 7:15 — and we’ll keep going until the Jackets are in Round 2. Come back, won’t you?