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April 5, 2009 at 8:48 PM

Blog pool update

With one game remaining, looks like it’s down to two possible winners in the Bow Down NCAA Tournament college basketball group pool on ESPN.com.
Ktown Husky is in the lead heading into Monday’s night’s final game and has picked North Carolina to beat Michigan State.
Rainy Dawg, meanwhile, is in position to win if Michigan State beats the Tar Heels, having picked exactly that in the title game (second-place Husky Legend has also picked North Carolina and sadly destined to second or third).
It looks like six of the top seven placers at the moment all picked a UNC-Michigan State final, so the Spartans’ run didn’t catch everyone by surprise.
I’ll have what is a hopefully nifty prize for the winner, so you’ll need to send me some contact info via e-mail (to bcondotta@seattletimes.com) when it’s over.
As for my bracket, I was out of it long ago, having picked Pitt to beat Connecticut.
I think North Carolina is going to win tomorrow, despite what will be somewhat of a home court advantage for the Spartans.
The Tar Heels were the team just about everyone picked to win it all before the season and we’re seeing why in the tournament as UNC has basically trounced everyone it has played, winning every game by at least 12 points in one of the most dominating runs to this point of any team in recent memory.
Ken Pomeroy sees the Tar Heels winning 80-77 but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a little bit wider than that, maybe 81-73.
As I referenced earlier, Carolina was the pick of many before the season, and was the pre-season No. 1 in both major polls. In fact, UNC was a unanimous pick in both pollsso the Tar Heels can lend some validation to the pollster with a win tomorrow.
Interesting to look at those polls now and see that the rankings were pretty right on for a lot of teams — UNC at No. 1, UConn at No. 2, Pitt 5 and Michigan State 6.
Notre Dame at No. 9 was the biggest miss in a negative way as the Irish didn’t make the NCAA Tournament, one of five ranked teams that had to settle for the NIT, instead.
Villanova proved to be the biggest miss the other way, standing at No. 23 in the pre-season but obviously making it to the Final Four.

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