- The Washington Times - Monday, March 17, 2008

WEEKEND REWIND - In case you missed it

Selection Sunday: For the second straight year, the NCAA tournament features several area teams. Most notably, three schools from Maryland will play in the tournament, with Coppin State and Mount St. Mary’s meeting each other in the opening-round game. There’s something wrong with the college basketball landscape when Coppin State and Mount St. Mary’s are facing off in the NCAAs while Maryland joins Syracuse in the All-Disappointment Region of the NIT.

Best weekend of the year?: It’s a toss-up between last weekend and next weekend, which features the first- and second-round games. The volume and drama of the games are better next weekend, but it will be hard-pressed to feature games as intense as Clemson-North Carolina or Texas-Kansas. Not to mention high-profile NBA games, Tiger in the running for another PGA win and a Capitals game with playoff implications.

Stevenson calls out LeBron: After Friday night’s dramatic win against the Cavaliers, the Wizards guard told a reporter LeBron James was “overrated.” Someone might want to suggest to Stevenson that beating the Cavaliers in a playoff series would go a long way toward proving it. And it’s hard to take a grown man seriously with that facial hair.

TWT FIVE NCAA Office Pool Don’ts

1. Charge a fee: Congrats, you know how to collect money and keep track of 50 brackets. That doesn’t mean you need to charge an extra $1.

2. Give away your upset picks: Go ahead and tell everyone that obvious 12-seed over a 5-seed pick but keep the 14-seed over a 3-seed pick to yourself.

3. Turn in 20 brackets: Going 1-for-20 isn’t an accomplishment. Unless you’re picking 16 seeds in all 20 of them, in which case please go ahead and fatten the prize pool.

4. Underestimate your female co-worker: She may not have watched a single game all year, but there’s a good chance she’s going to make you regret your trash-talking.

5. Be an ungrateful winner: Remember, at least $20 of those winnings need to buy the office a pizza or two.


D1SCOURSE: Patrick Stevens gives his initial thoughts on the men’s NCAA tournament field.


The women’s NCAA tournament field will be announced — at least Maryland fans have the women’s team going for them. 7 p.m., ESPN

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