Basketball Championships Highlight 2014

Congrats to all the champions of our Intramural Basketball leagues. It was a great season with a lot of intense games and great plays. We look forward to seeing you all again in the fall for our fall sports! Thanks for participating and congratulations on another completed semester here on the Hill! Go Tops!

 

 

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Basketball Championship Preview 2014

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We give you the expert panels preview of the basketball championship as they get started tonight at 9:30! The final four also gets underway for the Men’s divisions starting at 6:30 tonight! Come support our participants as they play for bragging rights and the coveted championship t-shirt!

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Guide to the Final Four

It’s been a great road to the Final Four here in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and although we don’t have 100,000 seats like Jerry Jones’ palace, we do expect great crowds for all of our games. Here’s each team’s keys to winning their games tonight, along with the NCAA Tournament team that they remind us most of.

6:30, Court #2

Division I Semi-Final: #1 NWO Vs. #5 Team Win

NWO Wins If: They can contain Armin Hadziomerovic on the boards and deny Team Win second chance points, as well as using defensive rebounding to start the fast break with Richard Kent.

NCAA Comparison: Florida, The #1 overall seed, is well rounded and has experience

Team Win Wins If: Armin Hadziomerovic continues to rule the boards and gets the ball out to Bobby Scott to start the fast break.

NCAA Comparison: Louisville, the defending champs who return plenty of talent

7:30, Court #2

Division II Semi-Final: #1 Team Jacob Vs. #13 Heisenbergs

Team Jacob Wins If: They continue to play the way they have throughout the tournament. Team Jacob’s closest game this postseason was decided by 14 points. As long as they continue to play their game they should advance to the finals

NCAA Comparison: Wichita State, undefeated regular season, brutal tournament road but tons of talent.

Heisenbergs Win If: Evan Harris is able to penetrate and get to the rim or kick out for three pointers, if he can get inside and the three pointers fall, Heisenbergs have a chance to pull another upset and reach the championship game.

NCAA Comparison: Kentucky, a low seeded team but one that had the players to survive and advance, even against some stiff competition.

7:30, Court #5

Division II Semi-Final: #7 Team Poland Vs. #6 1509ers

Team Poland Wins If: They are able to capitalize on 1509ers lack of size on the inside, and dominate the paint. If their points in the paint are high, Team Poland rolls to the championship game.

NCAA Comparison: Connecticut, besides both being #7 seeds, the strength of Team Poland is their guards, much like Connecticut, but don’t sleep on the inside players either.

1509ers Win If: Their zone defense stays tight and does not allow the ball into the middle, and they are able to find a man and box out. 1509ers should look to slow the game down and be methodical on offense, if they do, it’s on to the championship.

NCAA Comparison: Wisconsin, both teams offensive style is slow and methodical, with a very good zone defense to fall back into.

8:30, Court #2 

Fraternity Semi-Final: #1 FIJI Vs. #5 Sigma Nu

FIJI Wins If:  They stay on the right side of fast and out of control. A team that loves to press and loves to run in transition, they can get out of control at times. As long as those out of control spurts don’t last too long, FIJI should make the finals.

NCAA Comparison: Arizona, #1 seed who plays pressure defense and has players who can straight up run

Sigma Nu Wins If:  They handle FIJI’s pressure and get back to stop transition baskets. Crashing the offensive boards may be tempting, but if you don’t get players back to stop the break, FIJI will burn you.

NCAA Comparison: Harvard, smart basketball players who will have to be calm and make good decisions to pull of the upset over an opponent who has more athleticism

8:30, Court #6

Fraternity Semi-FInal: #7 SAE Gold Vs. #6 KA Gold

SAE Gold Wins If: They can find scoring from somebody other than Chris Brasher. KA should be able to play tough defense on SAE’s top players, but if someone else can shoulder the scoring load, it should be enough to win.

NCAA Comparison: Michigan State, experience, senior leadership and a history in this tournament.

KA Gold Wins If: Defense, defense, defense. We saw KA’s ability to shoot the 3 against FIJI Glass Slipper, and they have the bodies to score inside, but defense wins championships.

NCAA Comparison: Creighton, a team we all know can score, but defense will be what’s needed to elevate them to the next level

9:30, Court 2

Women’s Championship: #1 WKU Soccer Vs. #2 WKU Girls

WKU Soccer Wins If: Chandler Clark and Stephanie Lindsey control the tempo of the game and get to the basket. Despite their athleticism, WKU Soccer feels comfortable playing half court offense and should look to do so again tonight.

NCAA Comparison: UConn Lady Huskies, undefeated and the defending champions, just like the Lady Huskies this is a pretty easy comparison to make

WKU Girls Wins If: Desireah Mills and Daysha Pruitt know when to attack in transition and know when to slow down and run half court offense. Whoever controls the pace of tonight’s game takes home the championship.

NCAA Comparison: Wichita State, their only loss all year came to WKU Soccer, similiar to Wichita State’s only loss coming to a national finalist. A team that surprised some last year was certainly on the radar this season, and has a chance to take home the title

9:30, Court 6

Division I Semi-Final: #2 “Us” against “Them” Vs. #6 Who’s Next

“Us” against “Them” Wins If: Whichever team plays under control and avoids foul trouble will win this game Andre Farrell and Dawan Robinson will need to know when to slow down and when to put their foot on the gas pedal

NCAA Comparison: Michigan, athletic team with a championship pedigree who can shoot the ball from outside.

Who’s Next Wins If: Michael Fluellen, Willie McNeal and DaMarcus Smith crash the boards and make good decisions on their outlet passes to set up the fast break.

NCAA Comparison: Tennessee, big bodies who can play inside, as well as a team that came on late in the season and has beaten tough teams so far this tournament

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Final Four Predictions

The NCAA Final Four is set, so naturally our focus shifts to intramural sports, where one of our experts will wildly speculate on the four teams that will be the last left standing in each league

Co-Rec:

So we cheated a little on this one, the final four is already set. So much like that guy in every bracket pool who got all his final four teams in a different bracket he submitted with “other friends,” we’re going to say that we got them all right. We will pick the final four match-ups though.

I’ve got #5 Lady Topper Elite over #8 WKU DPT, despite the impressive upset of the #1 seeded Mimosa Minutemen+women, WKU DPT’s cinderella run ends here. Lady Topper Elite has too much firepower and focus to be upset in the Final Four.

Nobody likes the guy who picks chalk, but I’m going to have to go with #2 Money Team over #6 SAE/KD. The Money Team rarely turns the ball over and runs very efficient offense. Expect to see some points on the scoreboard, but in the end the Money Team will have more of them.

Division I:

Final Four Picks: #1 NWO, #5 Team Win, #7 We Have Scalabrine, #2 Mimosa Minutemen Black

NWO was wire-to-wire #1 in our power rankings, and we’re not jumping off the bandwagon now (though it is getting a little crowded)

Team Win is last years defending champion and their only loss comes to the #1 seed, it’s not much of an upset as they are only the #5 seed, but we like them in their first round match-up

We Have Scalabrine’s biggest struggle all year has been lack of depth, but in one game they can beat any team in Division I, the 3-pointer makes all the difference in their first round match-up as they advance to the final four.

#2 Mimosa Minutemen Black’s only loss was to their first round opponent, Who’s Next? and it was in their first game. It was a back and forth game and Mimosa was a couple of bounces from winning the game. Mimosa has had an entire season to gel as a team, and I think that’s the difference as they advance to the Final Four.

Division II

Final Four Picks: #1 Team Jacob, #7 Team Poland, #3 Show Out, #4 Heatles

Despite Division II being the most wide open of all the divisions, I went with a lot of chalk here. #1 Team Jacob made it through the regular season with only one close game, which they pulled out over #7 Team Poland.

#7 Team Poland got on our radar right away with a close preseason game against the defending Division I champions, Team Win. Losing to the #1 seed during the regular season is nothing to be ashamed of and doesn’t scare us at all. A Final Four rematch with #1 Team Jacob might be the most anticipated game of the playoffs.

#3 Show Out comes out of the toughest section of the bracket. Free Beiber is no slouch even at the #14 seed and both the 1509ers and Workforce could provide a tough test in the second round, but there’s a reason Show Out went 4-0 in the regular season and we expect them to rise to the occasion.

#4 Heatles, if not for a tie against an inspired Free Beiber team, the Heatles could very well have been a number seed. They come out of a tough division that has prepared them well for a run at postseason intramural glory.

Fraternity 

Final Four Picks: #1 FIJI, #4 LXA, #2 EX Gold, #6 KA Gold

#1 FIJI, #4 LXA and #2 EX Gold all enter the post-season undefeated and we see no reason to pick against any of them to this point. EX Gold and FIJI are both looking to make the Final Four for the second straight year and that gives them a little extra motivation to survive and advance.

#6 KA Gold should have no trouble with first round opponent EX Blue, but their second round match-up with #3 FIJI Glass Slipper should be a barn burner. Both teams have talent, but has anyone mentioned the division that FIJI Glass Slipper plays in was not the toughest we’ve ever seen? KA Gold’s battle with SAE Gold provides them the experience needed to win tough games and Austin Remmers will have the chance to come up big for KA Gold and propel them to the Final Four.

Women’s 

Final Four Picks: #1 WKU Soccer (already in), #4 Hilltoppers, #3 Chi O, #2 WKU Girls

The favorites are favorites for a reason in the Women’s tournament. With many of the teams already meeting during the regular season, we fully expect the same results in the postseason. Things should get interesting in the Final Four however, as all four of these teams has the firepower to take home the title.

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Basketball Playoff Preview

Hello topper nation, it’s that time again where we analyze the most intriguing match ups for this season’s intramural basketball playoff brackets. We’ll take a look at CoRec first:

CoRec

Semi Final Game 1 – WKU DPT vs. Lady Topper Elite – While WKU DPT comes in with a lot of depth on the bench, Lady Topper Elite brings in the best scoring offense in the CoRec league: scoring over 52 points per game. Expect a high scoring game with Lady Topper Elite pulling away at the end with some clutch free throws.

Semi Final Game 2 – The Money Team vs. SAE/KD – The Money Team has the athleticism to compete with any team, anywhere, anytime. This game will be no exception. The SAE men’s team and the Kappa Delta women’s team are both down in talent this season, which may lead to a lot of fast break opportunities for the Money Team. Don’t expect SAE/KD to lie down, but you’ll be foolish to pick against the Money Team is this match up.

Men’s Division II

18 teams were able to advance on to the Division II playoffs. Team Jacob steps in as the #1 seed, and I see this team walking into the final four with ease. The Heatles (#4 seed) are led by Kellen Fleener and Charles Duncan – this team will be tested early by the #13 seeded Heisenbergs.

***UPSET ALERT*** your classic 5 vs. 12 seed matchup is one you should watch. The 5th seeded Unusual Suspects will tip off against the Mimosa Minutemen, who are seeded at the 12 spot. Mimosa will be returning some key players that were not able to play during the regular season, making this game a death trap for the Unusual Suspects.

Men’s Division I

Last year’s champions Team Win enter the Division I playoffs as a #5 seed and look to have a tough road ahead of them in order to defend the title. The entire D1 bracket is stacked with talent, depth and athleticism to make every game a toss-up pick.

My original pick to win the Division I title, Who’s Next – looks to rebound after a stunning loss to the Kentucky Colts earlier in the season. They will face a tough Mimosa Black team that is looking for vengeance after losing the match up of these teams.

Women’s

Kappa Delta Green – known for being the dominant force of the women’s league for the last few years – finds themselves as the last seeded team in the women’s bracket. After a disappointing season (0-4), can Whitney Johnson carry the burden of being the underdog? I think so! Leading scorer Kaylin Carpenter for KD should drive straight through the Chi Omega defense and lead KD to a victory.
On the other side of the bracket, WKU soccer looks to skate through the tournament after receiving the only bye.

Fraternity

4 first round byes were given in the fraternity bracket, and 2 belong to FIJI. FIJI fans shouldn’t cheer so loud though, FIJI also received the top seed in flag football last semester and were bounced out of the 1st round faster than oiled pig on a trampoline.
The best match up you’re going to find though may happen in the quarter finals – a rematch of last year’s final game – EX Gold versus SAE Gold. While SAE Gold got the last laugh last year after a 45-44 win in the championship game, EX Gold took the flag football title last fall from SAE and will be looking to repeat the same results for basketball. Definitely two championship caliber teams, but only one will advance to the semifinals!

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Softball Preseason Preview

We know you all eagerly await the beginning of intramural softball season, but more importantly the softball season preview blog.  Unfortunately mother nature decided to give us an extra two weeks to start the season, so I won’t make you wait any longer.

Top 5 Teams

Men’s

5. Mimosa Minutemen

Lost by one run to SAE in the semi-finals last year, is that the motivating factor behind a trip to the 2014 championship game?

4. The Great Bambinos

Great name, solid team. Brandon Hannah, Jonathan Pedigo and Chase Cline lead a team that should make all the plays on defense, but can they push enough runs across the plate?

3. KA Big Cheese

A quarterfinal team in last years Men’s softball playoffs, can they surprise on the softball field the way they have on the basketball court?

2. SAE Gold

Last years runners up will have to overcome the losses of Tyler Bruce and Josh Crews, but Chris Brasher and Cole Tynes should lead a potent offense

1. FIJI Purple

The defending champs return enough talent to get the number one spot in our power rankings until somebody defeats them.

Women

5. Sigma Kappa

Captain Kelly Del Grosso has her team believing they can compete with anyone. If they get off to a good start, look for them to build confidence going into the postseason

4. KD Green

Ashley Fleener and KK Shepherd lead one of the fastest teams in the league. If they can get on base, look for them to make defenses uncomfortable by always trying to take the extra base.

3. AOII

If they can figure out the right lineup, this team has a deep roster that should compete in every game.

2. Chi O

Chi O gave AXiD their toughest test in last years playoffs before falling 4-3. The addition of Abby Woosely to the already potent Chi O lineup could be just what they need to win the close games this year.

1. AXiD

The defending champions return their core players Bailey Hawkins, Megan Riley and Amanda Johnson, who are looking forward to the chance to go back-to-back.

Agree? Disagree? Let us know @wkuintramurals on twitter, or comment on this blog.

 

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Where did they come from? Surprise Teams of the Basketball Season

Hello toppers! Hope you all enjoy your spring break. Before you head off the PCB (or home), let’s take a look at some teams that came out of nowhere this basketball season to shock the world and are worthy enough for a playoff berth.

Team Jacob (Division II) (4-0) – A few weeks ago I made fun of this team for having a team name that would have made my fiancé fall in love with them. No it seems they’ve taken that anger and applied it to an undefeated regular season – averaging 47 points per game.

ADPi Diamond (CoRec) (3-0) – I can honestly say I was flabbergasted when I saw this team at 3-0, especially in a division that carries probably the toughest teams in CoRec. By holding their opponents to only 23 points per game, they rank in the top 5 defensive teams in CoRec.

We Just Hoop (Division 1) (2-1) – Even with a loss on their record, We Just Hoop has displayed tremendous athleticism and team cohesion to place them on a track to the playoffs. Captain Lemuel Dozier leads all D1 players in rebounds.

KA Gold (Fraternity) (3-0-1) – KA Gold makes this list because they currently hold the tiebreaker over SAE Gold in Sunday 7:30pm division by 3 points. While KA Gold wasn’t expected to be a terrible squad, no one – not ever Ray Charles – saw them finishing the regular season undefeated.

Chi O (Women’s) (1-1) – With still half the season left for the ladies of Chi Omega, look for Abby Woosley and Randi Burke to have big games and trash their opponent’s hopes of making the playoffs.

Heatles (Division II) (3-0-1) – The Heatles, another team I bashed for a lame team name, has risen to the top team in Division II. These gents have scored over 210 points in their 4 regular season games. A deep playoff run is in the horizon for this group!

FIJI Glass Slipper (Fraternity) (4-0) – Are they good? Maybe, we’ll actually never know because their division is weaker than store brand paper towels. But they are undefeated and will own at least

Keep safe this spring break. We’ll be back with a podcast the Monday following the break, analyzing the last week of the regular season and previewing soccer and softball.

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