March Madness hits Columbus Friday afternoon as the Second and Third Rounds of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship tips off of Nationwide Arena. To get in the spirit, Crew players filled out brackets after Tuesday's training session.
To no surprise, five out of six players chose the overall number-one seed Kentucky Wildcats to take the crown in New Orleans next month.
Let's take a look at some of the brackets:
Rookie winger Ethan Finlay rode his Creighton Bluejays all the way to the Elite Eight.
Eric Gehrig claims he was rushed in filling out his bracket, predicting three of the four one seeds would reach the Final Four.
Looking for a couple of Second Round upsets, Josh Williams thinks New Mexico State will upset Indiana, VCU will beat Wichita State, and NC State will surprise San Diego State.
Cole Grossman held out belief his Duke Blue Devils would win their fourth National Championship, but reconsidered and chose Kentucky to win it all.
Columbus's favorite Wolverine, Justin Meram, talked the talk for Michigan. However, he doesn't have the Maize and Blue making it past the Sweet 16.
Home is where the heart is for Tom Heinemann, the Missouri native predicts the Mizzou Tigers will be dancing to "One Shining Moment" in New Orleans.
The Scoring System:
- 3 points for each team correctly picked to advance to the Round of 32.
- 5 points for each team picked in the Sweet 16.
- 10 points for each team in the Elite 8.
- 25 points for each team in the Final 4.
- 50 points for each team in the National Championship.
- 100 points for correctly picking the National Champion.
Stay tuned to TheCrew.com to see which player will have bragging rights around Crew Stadium.
Crew rookie midfielder, Ethan Finlay talks about his first MLS game after coming in for Dilly Duka in the first half against Colorado.
TheCrew.com caught up with Crew head coach Robert Warzycha as the team prepares for First Kick against the Colorado Rapids.
EA SPORTS simulated the 2012 MLS season and crowned the LA Galaxy MLS Cup champs already as well as a third straight Supporters Shield. But lucky for the rest of MLS that we have to let the play on the pitch handle who wins it all. The simulation also predicts that the Crew will finish tied for second with Sporting KC in the Eastern Conference with 59 pts while scoring 47 goals and only giving up 33 goals. EA SPORTS also predicts that Black & Gold midfielder Milovan Mirosevic will notch 10 goals on the season.
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Top Goal Scorers
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|Dwayne De Rosario||D.C. United||18|
|Landon Donovan||Los Angeles||15|
|Chris Wondolowski||San Jose||12|
|Thierry Henry||Red Bulls||11|
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Crew draftee Kevan George has been called into Trinidad & Tobago’s Under-23 National Team camp in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in advance of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament, which they kick off against Mexico on March 23 at The Home Depot Center in Carson Calif. The Soca Warriors will play five tune-up matches in Florida over two weeks before the Olympic qualifying roster is announced.
“Playing for T&T would be an honour,” George told TTFF media officer Shaun Fuentes. “I have been in contact with the U-23s and I will meet up with them in Florida before the qualifiers to try earn a spot on the team.
“Every day is very competitive in training and you have to bring your best game to show the coaches what you are capable of and earn the respect of your teammates,” he said of his stint in the MLS. George is hoping to put in meaningful contributions to T&T’s Olympic campaign.
Crew rookie and UNC grad Kirk Urso is doing a little bragging now that UNC beat Cole Grossman's alma mater Duke to win the regular season ACC title. Listen to what the bet was between the two midfielders and what Cole must do now to pay up.
Crew President & GM Mark McCullers talks after the rain shortened Carolina Challenge Cup. Mark touches on player acquisitions, home grown players, Academy and the 2012 season.
The 2012 season kicks off on Saturday, March 10th in Colorado as the Crew take on the Rapids.
Duke grad Cole Grossman talks preseason training now in his second season and talks about the smack talk UNC grad Kirk Urso has ahead of the Duke/UNC rivalry game.
Rookie midfielder from UNC, Kirk Urso, talks with TheCrew.com about signing his first professional contract, his time training with Bolton and a possible bet with teammate and Duke alum Cole Grossman on the UC/Duke game.
Crew midfielder Dilly Duka joins the club in preseason after his time with the US U23 team. Dilly talks about his time with the National Team and his goals for the upcoming season.