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A Short Baseball Break for March Madness

vitale.jpgESPN’s Dick Vitale showed up at yesterday’s Phillies game against the Pirates at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, so I asked him a few hoops questions.

I kind of felt bad doing it. I mean, I’m sure the guy gets bombarded with questions every day about who he likes and doesn’t like in college basketball. But the heck with it. Villanova and Temple made the NCAA tournament, so I thought I’d get his take on them (and my Minnesota Gophers):

Question: Can Temple beat Cornell?
Answer: I like Temple. I know a lot of my colleagues are picking Cornell. Cornell is going to be a severely tough challenge. They’re going to shoot the three, make 10 a game. I think Fran Dunphy‘s defense … plus, they’re not going to sneak up. Cornell snuck up on people, played Kansas tough, played Syracuse tough. Obviously, Temple is going to know that. I think it’s a whole different scenario. I’m going to look for Temple to move on.

Question: How deep can Villanova go?
Answer: I picked Villanova as one of my Final Four teams. I like them a lot.

Question: Even though they lost 5 of 7 to finish the season?
Answer: I know that, but it was in the Big East. Now I think playing different people, their style of play can really bother people. Their guard play … I look for them to meet Duke in the finals of that region and I give the edge to Villanova because of their athleticism.

Question: Can Minnesota beat Xavier?
Answer: I like Xavier. I’m very surprised Minnesota got in. Really.

I wanted to ask Vitale if he thought Temple got hosed and Villanova got a huge break in the seeding. Keep in mind I don’t watch much college basketball, so my opinion on this means little (although I totally agree with it). But we ran out of time. Next time.


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