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West Region Preview: Please do something interesting, Marshall Henderson


The Cats might not be in the NCAA Tournament, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t have a rooting interest. Over the next two days, KSR will preview each region of the bracket, helping you figure out who to cheer for, and what the least offensive result would be. We’ll get through this together. First, we looked at the Midwest Bracket, aka the “Region of Death.” Next up: The West Region.

My feelings about the West Region are the same feelings I have about its #1 seed, Gonzaga: meh. The West Region is the weakest in the tournament, and likewise, the Zags are the weakest #1 seed. What saves it from being boring? Marshall F’ing Henderson, y’all. Grab your Coors Light and let’s do this.


Cinderella in waiting: #11 Belmont

People have been picking Belmont to make some noise in the tournament for years, and after watching them come back to win the OVC Tournament Final in OT, I understand why. Belmont is 4th in the nation in field goal percentage (49.4%), 12th in the nation in 3-point field goals made (8.5 per game), and has a plucky, never give up mentality required to knock off Arizona, who has been fading in recent weeks. Plus, they’re a Nashville school.

Team to adopt: #2 Ohio State

Ohio State’s only losses were to top 20 teams, and they’re currently riding an eight game winning streak that includes wins over Michigan State, Indiana and Wisconsin. The Buckeyes are led by Deshaun Thomas, who averages 19.6 points per game and can score at will. Aided by a veteran point guard in Aaron Craft, the Buckeyes have both the toughness and talent to beat Gonzaga in the region final.

Three Heroes


1. Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State

As I said above, Thomas has been a monster, scoring in double figures every single game this season. Thomas is the heart and soul of the squad, deciding to stay at Ohio State for another year despite being projected as a second-round pick. One of the reasons for Thomas’ growing maturity? He became a father during last year’s NCAA Tournament, which he said led to him to reevaluate his priorities.


2. Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss

Who else could lead Ole Miss to an unlikely SEC Tournament Championship, win ten games of beer pong hours later and brag about it on Twitter for all the world to see? Henderson is a polarizing figure, but he’s entertaining as hell. You couldn’t make someone like him up if you tried. Like he did against Kentucky earlier this season, I think Henderson will probably choke when the spotlight is on him, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be watching with a bucket of popcorn.


3. Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga

Every NCAA Tournament needs a goofy white guy, and Olynyk more than fits the bill. Seven feet tall with hair that would make most soccer moms proud, Olynyk is a redshirt junior that is averaging 17.5 points and 7.2 rebounds after taking last season off to develop his game. Oh, and he hits his free throws.

Three Villains:


1. Jack Cooley, Notre Dame

Cooley could average 30 points and 20 rebounds a game and I probably still wouldn’t like him. He’s big, awkward, and will always remind me of one of Kentucky’s worst losses of the season.


2. Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss

Yes, I also listed Henderson as a hero. That’s how conflicted I am about him. Plus, I kind of want to smack him every time he does that stupid land shark head thing.

Notre Dame v Washington St.

3. The Notre Dame Leprechaun

Just because.

Best possible outcome for UK fans: Marshall Henderson and Ole Miss make the SEC proud and advance to the Final Four, letting Kentucky fans comfort themselves slightly with the fact that they beat them back in January.


Worst possible outcome for UK fans: Eh, nothing majorly offensive with this region. I guess if Notre Dame were to advance to the Final Four, it would sting a little, but at least they’d look like idiots in the process thanks to their new adidas uniforms.

Heart prediction: Ohio State to the Final Four

Head prediction: Ohio State to the Final Four

Go Cats.

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.

15 Comments for West Region Preview: Please do something interesting, Marshall Henderson

  1. theSkinny81
    9:14 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    lol even Tosh doesn’t know Louisville exists. Read the tags:

  2. Tubby
    9:21 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Are you fans being as rough on cal as you were me? I never had a team full of nba players. Yet, I won a title in my first year and never ever went to the lowly NIT. I coached guys like Bobby Perry, Sheray Thomas, a polock and a white stiff named Carter.

  3. Rei
    9:21 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Daniel Tosh and Notre Dame suck

  4. Big Blue Mike
    9:22 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Who gives a crap?

  5. KYKiller
    9:24 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    being a 40 yr old catfan Im really starting to wonder if the younger fans know anything about the history of Wildcat Basketball or are just nuckin futs!

  6. Joy Kiser
    9:31 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Sure Tubby won a title with the team he inherited from Pitino, then what did he do the remainder of his time in Kentucky?

    As for Marshall Henderson, he is an obnoxious idiot who acts like he is on drugs yelling and throwing things at the fans.

  7. Nash
    10:12 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    “The Cats might not be in the NCAA Tournament, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t have a rooting interest.” That’s exactly what that means. At least to this fan.

  8. Ryan
    11:35 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    I didn’t know Tyler was such a Notre Dame hater.

  9. carl spackler
    11:41 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again….it would be a whole different story if Marshall Henderson was on this UK team…he has more heart and competitive spirit than more than a few of the UK starters….imagine if Alex did the ‘gator chomp’ to the crowd, instead of just trudging down the court after his 1 minute of effort….just sayin’….

  10. TheNewOriginal
    12:25 am March 19, 2013 Permalink

    /9 Exactly right. /TT. Heart-Ohio State? How could any UK fan be an Ohio State fan?

  11. DowntheRoad64
    1:12 am March 19, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone who roots for OSU to go to the Final Four must never have been on a lake in Kentucky or ever driven on I-75.

  12. Kirbdaddy
    2:33 am March 19, 2013 Permalink

    F*** Ohio $tate!!!

  13. David from Bowling Green
    7:20 am March 19, 2013 Permalink

    I live in ohio. Everyone here roots for OSU and HATES UK. You’re gonna reward that by rooting for them? No way! I hope they lose in round 2.

    Go Toppers!

  14. Lee
    7:41 am March 19, 2013 Permalink

    Screw ksr and their racist comments about white players. When you call them out on it they delete your post. Freakin whimps.

  15. Michael F. Jox
    7:54 am March 19, 2013 Permalink

    As a UK fan from Northern Ky there is NO DAMN WAY I’ll be rooting for the Buckeyes!