It's the first day of the regional semifinals with games in the West and South regions set for play.
Monterey Chris doggedly maintains a 1 point lead over Suffering Bruin in the Griddle's NCAA tournament contest. And the esteemed Mr. Chris of Monterey has the potential to pick up four victories tonight.
The agenda (all times PT):
4:10 PM - #4 Southern Illinois vs #1 Kansas in the West Region in San Jose. Salukis have an advantage in that their mascot is a real animal. There is no bird called a jayhawk.
4:27 PM - #3 Texas A&M vs #2 Memphis in the South Region in San Antonio. The Aggies are home to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library. The Tigers were the favorite pick of James Carville this year.
6:40 PM - #3 Pittsburgh vs #2 UCLA in the West Region in San Jose. A matchup between two schools whose campuses I have visited! The Cathedral of Learning takes on Royce Hall in a battle of iconic buildings.
6:57 PM - #5 Tennessee vs #1 Ohio State in the South Region in San Antonio. I was thinking. How many times have these schools met each other in football? The answer, just once, in the 1996 Florida Citrus Bowl. Tennessee won 20-14. Ohio State has won all three meetings on the hardwood, including a 68-66 win back on January 13.
If you wish to compare yourself to others who entered Yahoo's contest, 85.9% of all entries picked Ohio State to make it to the Elite 8. Florida was tabbed by 83.3%
Butler received support from only 1.7% of all entries to make the Elite Eight. USC and UNLV only were named on 2.8%