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KSR’s Guide to the Madness — Thursday Early Afternoon Session


We’re not playing, but you know you’re still going to watch. Earlier in the week, we previewed each region of the bracket: MIDWEST, EAST, WEST, SOUTH.

Get your finger on that boss button and settle in for a day of procrastination with KSR’s Guide to the Madness. First, if you’re not around a TV, here’s the link to watch all of the games online: MARCH MADNESS LIVE

Thursday’s early afternoon games are:

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(14) Valparaiso vs. (3) Michigan State, 12:15 p.m. ET (CBS), MIDWEST, Auburn Hills, Mich.

I think the saying goes: “Never bet against Tom Izzo in March.” The Spartans are coming into the tournament under the radar, and should have little trouble with Valpo. If anything, spend the early game marveling how old Tom Izzo looks these days.

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(11) Bucknell vs. (6) Butler, 12:40 p.m. ET (TruTV), EAST, Lexington, Ky.

The first game in Rupp will feature college basketball’s darling, Butler, facing a physical Bucknell team. Bucknell’s Mike Muscala is the best player on the floor, but I like Brad Stevens and Butler too much to bet against them. Plus, that dog is adorable, even if it looks like it’s humping that basketball.

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(9) Wichita State vs. (8) Pittsburgh, 1:40 p.m. ET (TBS), WEST, Salt Lake City

If not for the St. Louis Billiken, the Wichita State “Shocker” would be the oddest mascot in college basketball. Regardless, this will be a defensive slugfest, with both teams famous for gritty, tough schemes. First to 60 wins?


(13) New Mexico State vs. (4) Saint Louis, 2:10 p.m. ET, (TNT), MIDWEST, San Jose, Calif.

Ah yes, the Billikens. I have St. Louis getting beat in the Sweet 16 by Louisville (ugh), but they should cruise by New Mexico State, even though they have a guy who is 7’5″ and looks like Andre the Giant in Sim Bhullar.

Leave your picks and thoughts in the comments section.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

23 Comments for KSR’s Guide to the Madness — Thursday Early Afternoon Session

  1. please
    12:12 pm March 21, 2013 Permalink

    more talk about randle and wiggins….
    less talk about a tourney that no one cares about anymore.

    let’s see KSR get their investigative journalism pen out and go get some news about wiggins…
    i’m ready to wig out, not read boring posts about teams that blow.

  2. Alamo_CatFan
    12:16 pm March 21, 2013 Permalink

    Usually my favorite two days of the year. This year, meh, so what.

  3. gobbles
    12:20 pm March 21, 2013 Permalink

    How about a post about Kyle Wiltjer transferring to Gonzaga? Can we not get a post about that?

  4. whipped hubby
    12:22 pm March 21, 2013 Permalink

    meh, what’s happening on The Chew today? I think Divorce Court is on back to back also. NCAA tourney? oh, is that starting?

  5. whipped hubby
    12:24 pm March 21, 2013 Permalink

    #3 LOL, and then what? You want posts about unicorns and fairies? geez, what part of unsubstantiated rumor do you not understand? Funny Wiltjer’s sister was at my daughter’s high school in Lex not long ago visiting to decide whether to transfer there. Doubtful the fam would do that if Kyle’s headed west.

  6. KB
    12:25 pm March 21, 2013 Permalink

    Kyle would get more out of practice with the new recruits than he ever would transferring. I know he wouldn’t get much playing time next year but it would benefit him come his Sr. year. I hope he stays!

  7. Rixter
    12:26 pm March 21, 2013 Permalink

    They’re playing games today?

  8. KSR won't talk about Wiltjer
    12:27 pm March 21, 2013 Permalink

    They haven’t gotten permission from Peevy and Barnhart. They’ll let Jones know when he can post about it. Can we at least get a Stadium Frame Final Four Print post in the meantime?

  9. Buzz Killington
    12:27 pm March 21, 2013 Permalink

    Wont St Louis be playing Louisville in the Sweet 16, not the Elite 8? Or do you have a different bracket than the rest of us?

  10. SanDiegoDave
    12:28 pm March 21, 2013 Permalink

    It must suck to live in a world that is deep as a puddle. The douchebaggery around here is sickening. Turn on your TV or radio and pay attention to the best tournament in sports. Pick a team, root for it and have fun!

  11. Dumbledore
    12:29 pm March 21, 2013 Permalink

    9 – way to live up to your name. kudos.

  12. Stadium Frame Final Four Prints
    12:31 pm March 21, 2013 Permalink

    I’m not as cheesy or played out as a “UK…We don’t rebuild…we reload” t-shirt

  13. Rixter
    12:31 pm March 21, 2013 Permalink

    #8, let’s talk about me transferring from Accounting to Marketing.

  14. bleedblueky
    12:43 pm March 21, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks Tyler and enjoyed all your posts 🙂

  15. who new
    12:45 pm March 21, 2013 Permalink

    Michigan State actually has hot chicks! might have to watch afterall just to check out the talent on the sidelines of these other schools.

  16. Roland
    1:11 pm March 21, 2013 Permalink

    Those yapping about a Wiltjer transfer Even remember WHY Wiltjer Repeatedly said the reason he came to UK?

  17. Roland
    1:16 pm March 21, 2013 Permalink

    Next years recruiting class will give him what he wanted.
    If Wiltjer would get away from making WBA vids and focus on his improvement, he would help his NBA stock tremendously.

  18. Hmmm
    1:18 pm March 21, 2013 Permalink

    Sure I will say it…Brad looks Comfortable in Rupp. A sign to come 10 years from now…hmmmm???

  19. Rixter
    1:26 pm March 21, 2013 Permalink

    I have heard so many people talk about Wiltjer’s videos. Do you people realize this is a teenage boy? He doesn’t work for you. Let him be a kid when he’s off the court…you people make me sick

  20. Roland
    1:40 pm March 21, 2013 Permalink

    October 20, 1992 (age 20 years)
    Kyle Wiltjer, Date of birth

  21. wildcat4life
    2:15 pm March 21, 2013 Permalink

    Anybody else having issues with ncaa website? the only game i was able to stream was the MSU game.

  22. Big Blue Earl
    3:05 pm March 21, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t have a rooting interest either way, but former Cat Tony Delk is an assistant coach at New Mexico State.