By Jeff Portnoy
we need more entries for the pick the winners contest for the Diamond Head Classic. Check yesterday's bolg for the rules. Winner gets a 20 dollar gift certificate to Big City Diner and a 20 dollar certificate to Kiss My Grits. We need at least 5 entries.
Tournament starts tomorrow. I am hosting Arizona and greeted the team yesterday at the airport. Coach and staff were very gracious and looking forward to the games. Arizona has a real chance to go far this year, maybe even to the Final Four, but this weekend, San Diego State and even Miami could wind up the Champion. By the way. Arizona head coach Sean Miller played on the Pittsburgh team that Hawaii beat in the 1990 Rainbow Classic, one of Hawaii's biggest wins.
The National guys believe Hawaii can give Miami a game in the first round and I agree. UH always seems to play at its best in this tournament.
On the National level, Duke reeled in the second biggest fish in the recruiting ocean when Jabari Parker announced he will become a Blue Devil. With the rest of the class already assembled by Coach K, fans will have Duke to kick around for years to come
Now my picks. I think Arizona will beat San Diego State for the Champoinship, and I think Miami will beat Miss for third. I like the Bows to come in 5th with two wins. If the Bows beat Miami, I dont give them much of a chance to knock off the Wildcats and they will have a tough time with the loser of the San Diego State/ Miss game, although i think they can beat Mississippi. In any event, the Tournament is a xmas treat for college basketball fans