The Full Court Press: Special March Madness Edition

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This is a special March Madness edition of the Full Court Press.

Our scheduled guests for this week’s show include…

  • Bob Ramsey: play-by-play announcer of the SLU Billikens
  • Ben Weixlmann: SLU writer for Scout.com
  • Vahe Gregorian: Mizzou reporter for the St. Louis Post Dispatch
  • Austin Kim: sports reporter for WCIA-TV in Champaign, Illinois. In addition to talking tournament, we will also chat about Bruce Weber’s dismissal as head coach at the University of Illinois, as well as some potential replacements with Austin, who helps cover the team.

Before we get any farther, I’d like to let you all know about a new contest that HSB is launching with our newest sponsor: McAlister’s Deli. The fine folks over at McAlister’s in Des Peres have agreed to donate a free fully catered lunch for 5-7 people each month. When I say fully catered, I mean basically their entire catering menu is open AND you can even have it delivered to your home or office completely free of charge!

This month’s prize will be given away to whoever wins our mini-bracket pool. The person who is able to select the most second and third round games correctly will win this month’s McAlister’s catered lunch. All you have to do, is send an email to Haenchenb9@gmail.com with either a screenshot or a link to your picks for the second and third rounds of the NCAA tournament. The games officially kick off on Wednesday with the play-ins, but you have until 10:30 Thursday morning to officially submit your picks.

You must follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook to be eligible. Of course, once you do follow slash like us, you are automatically entered to win a free Mizzou flag compliments of the fine folks over at CVS flags.

SEGMENT 1-Show Open

Details on our new contest with our new sponsor McAlister’s Deli!; Recap of Mizzou and SLU games from over the weekend

SEGMENT 2-Bob Ramsey

Bob Ramsey, play-by-play voice of the SLU Billikens joins the program to talk about SLU drawing a 9 seed in the West; Temple dealt the A-10 a death blow when they left for the Big East; Maybe the non-football schools in the Big East will make their own conference and invited SLU; Billikens earned a 9 seed; Memphis has NBA-type players, but college basketball is a team game; The Tigers entire body of work was mediocre; It’s gratifying to see SLU have the successes that they’ve had this year

SEGMENT 3-Ben Weixlmann

Ben Weixlmann of Scout.com joins the show to break down SLU v. Memphis; The Tigers should have been seeded higher; They at least played good teams; Don’t underestimate Rick Majerus, especially against a team like Michigan State; Billikens are starting to draw in some solid recruits; Butler could be heading to the A-10, that would be nice

SEGMENT 4-Vahe Gregorian

Friend of the show Vahe Gregorian of the St. Louis Post Dispatch joins the show to kick off our Mizzou coverage; KC to Columbia to St. Louis to Omaha, such is the life of a Mizzou basketball writer; Mizzou might be at its peak performance; Kim English and Marcus Denmon will definitely benefit from an extra day of rest; The Selection Committee doesn’t really focus on match-ups;

SEGMENT 5-Austin Kim

Austin Kim hops aboard to talk about Illinois firing Bruce Weber and offer his analysis of the Big Ten teams in the Tournament

WIN A FREE FULLY-CATERED LUNCH FROM MCALISTER’S DELI!

The fine folks over at McAlister’s in Des Peres have agreed to donate a free fully catered lunch for 5-7 people each month. When I say fully catered, I mean basically their entire catering menu is open AND you can even have it delivered to your home or office completely free of charge!

This month’s prize will be given away to whoever wins our mini-bracket pool. The person who is able to select the most second and third round games correctly will win this month’s McAlister’s catered lunch.

All you have to do is join the official HSB Bracket Pool on ESPN.com!

The games officially kick off on Tuesday with the play-ins, but you have until 10:30 Thursday morning to officially submit your picks!

Hank’s Sports Blog will be giving away a free University of Missouri flag, compliments of the fine folks over at CVS Flags.

To enter, all you have to do is either follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook! It’s that easy! If you follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook, then you’ll be entered twice.

 

Breaking Down the Madness: Region-by-Region

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SOUTH (Atlanta)

Best of the Best: Kentucky (Overall number 1)-Kentucky is hands down the best team in the field. They have arguably the nation’s best player in Anthony Davis (14.3 PPG, 64.9 FG%, 10 RPG) and a supporting cast that features three other players who average at least 12 points per game.

The Wildcats biggest weakness is their three-point shooting. While they’re good enough in virtually every other aspect of the game to overcome that deficiency, if a team is able to clog the middle and force UK’s shooters out onto the perimeter, the Wildcats could go fall before reaching New Orleans.

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