Men’s intramural basketball notebook
Published: Friday, March 8, 2013
Updated: Friday, March 8, 2013 01:03
• Through 35 games, the favorites (according to our rankings) are 28-5 (there were five games featuring unranked teams). Not to brag, but that’s not too shabby. Before I get to where we messed up, let’s go over what we got right:
- Heading into the playoffs, I strongly felt like there were six teams capable of winning the All-U championship. I thought the drop-off between No. 6 and No. 7 in our rankings was fairly significant. Well, the top six teams are 12-0 with an average margin of victory of 15.3 points. Sorry to burst anyone’s bubble, but it’s definitely a six-team race for the All-U title. In fact, I guarantee 100 percent that either MinoTaurs, #getnbuckets, Yeeders, Money Team, Fantasy Factory or Scrubz will win it all.
• Where we screwed up:
- Christensen 29, (8) Honey Badgers 25
This wasn’t even an upset; Christensen dominated, holding Honey Badgers to six first-half points. Six! We apologize to Honey Badgers for putting a target on your back that you didn’t deserve, and we apologize to Christensen for judging you off your 20-point loss to Lillard Time. (Although, Christensen lost its next playoff game to Money Team by 19.)
- Team Havin Fun 49, (25) Richie Rich and the Dixie Chicks 47
We knew Richie Rich wasn’t good, we just had to put them in the rankings because they were 4-0.
- (21) Lazy Sunday 34, (15) Sabonis’ Massage Team 29
- (21) Lazy Sunday 46, (7) Cheeseballs 45
Lazy Sunday played absolutely no one during the regular season, and they didn’t dominate the teams they did play. But they did play on Sunday, and it’s hard to judge Sunday teams because half the time they’re probably hungover. Whatever the case, this team didn’t give it their all during the regular season. Oh, and it helps that their point guard is a baller.
- Varsity A 37, (14) Sig Ep 35
On the Greek side, unranked Varsity A shocked the world by defeating No. 14 Sig Ep despite the fact that Sig Ep had four players taller than Varsity’s tallest guy. Varsity, a team known for living and dying by the 3, has long been a contender in the Greek/co-op division, but was expected to have a down year this year. And this was the year Sig Ep — which won the All-U Championship in 2009 — was expected to return to prominence. Sig Ep jumped out to an early double-digit lead, but Varsity slowly chipped away and eventually took a 37-35 lead after draining a 3-pointer with less than 30 seconds left. A Sig Ep player was fouled with 10 seconds left and went to the line for a 1-and-1, but missed the front end and Varsity was able to send the loud contingent of Sig Eps lining the walls home unhappy.
- Quarterfinal game to look out for: (4) Money Team vs. (1) MinoTaurs, Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
We may have undersold Money Team a bit in our rankings; they might just be the No. 2 team, which would make Sunday’s showdown even bigger.
- Other Sunday game to look out for: (11) Lambda Chi vs. (10) SAE, Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
I’m not ready to say Sunday’s Greek/co-op semifinal between Lambda Chi and SAE will decide the Greek/co-op champion — Varsity did lose to SAE by only two earlier this term — but I’ll be surprised if the winner doesn’t end up in the All-U Championship. Lambda opened with a relatively unimpressive six-point win over Fiji, while SAE destroyed Delta Upsilon by 44 (DU should stick to football).
- Team with the best draw: (12) Flint Tropics. This all-football team led by Mitch Singler went just 2-2 in the regular season, but got one heck of a postseason draw. They cruised to a quarterfinal match-up vs. (2) #getnbuckets without having to face a top-15 team.
Grady Garrett, sports reporter
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