By Jeff Portnoy
Do you think you have what it takes to pick the winners of each game in the Classic. If so, submit your entries below to win a 20 dollar gift certificate to both Big City Diner and Kiss My Grits. All you have to do is be the person who picks the most winners and if there is a tie, the person who comes closest to predicting the total points scored in the championship game will win.
Now for a few hints. Game 1 Ole Miss vrs Indiana State. Ole Miss comes in 8-1 having beaten Loyola Marymount last night. Indiana State is best known for having Larry Bird as its most famous alumni.
Game 2 pits San Diego State against WCC member Univ of San Francisco. The Aztecs come in having only lost their first game against Syracuse. USF is a 500 hundred team, but the last time they were here they beat Hawaii in the Riley Wallace Invitational.
Game three will feature tournament favorite Arizona against East Tenn State. East Tenessee has a losing record while the Wildcats are ranked just outside the top 5 having just beaten Florida by 1.
And Game 4 will feature our beloved Rainbow Warriors, fresh off their victory over Chaminade on Molokai, against ACC member, the University of Miami, who come to Hawaii with a single loss and a signature victory over Mich State. They are big and quick, with a very good guard, and I think it will be the most competitive game of Round 1. UH has a history of beating very good teams in the Xmas Tournament, like Pitts, Butler, Kansas, and last year, Xavier.
You can go with the favorites, but an upset or two would not be a shock. Remember you need to pick the winners of all 12 games, so after you make your first round picks, you need to pick the winners of the semifinal games, the championship game, along with the winners of the consolation games. So you will pick 12 winners all together. Every team will play three games. And dont forget the tiebreaker, the total score of the Championship game
Hope you will all play along. Minimum of 5 contestants necessary. Should be a great tournament.