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Not many shining moments

April 2, 2007 - Neil Rudel

The NCAA final will tip tonight -- now it's an absurd 9:21 p.m., of course for TV -- and the highlight has always been CBS's video rendition of "One Shining Moment."

But the "shining moments" that have stirred emotions have usually been the big upsets, some 13 seed taking out a No. 4 or some14-15 having a 2-3 on the run.

For the most part, that didn't happen this year as the bracket pretty much held with three No. 1s advancing to the Final Four and Ohio State and Florida settling it tonight.

I can't imagine the Buckeyes can win if Greg Oden is in foul trouble again, like he's been throughout the tournament. If Oden can stay on the floor, Ohio State has the savvy to pull it off. The Buckeyes are certainly used to close games, and they say to win it all, you have to escape at least once, which Ohio State did vs. Xavier.

In the meantime, I'm hoping CBS can get to "One Shining Moment" before 12:05 a.m.


I'm jumping into the Mainly Mehno pool on how many games the Pirates will win this year. The national over-under is 73 and a 73-89 record would still be a disappointment.

First they need a good start on their opening-week road trip. If they can split that or go 4-2, it would help avoid the usual April/May gloom and doom.

I'd like to be even more optimistic, but I'll say 81-81.

So count me in for the Mehno pool: I'm just not sure I want his prize.



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