Although my bracket’s been almost entirely busted, I’d still say this has been an NCAA tournament for the ages. Some major upsets, a few great games–and despite a total lack of buzzer beaters, we’ve got four solid teams in New Orleans this weekend. There’s also been some impressive ink on display from schools such as Kansas State, Iowa State, heck, even upset darlings Norfolk State–though none of them made it out of the first round. That being said, I’ve yet to see any body art that beats my top NCAA tournament tattoo, though its canvas has used up all of his eligibility.
The Oakland University Golden Grizzlies represented the Summit League in the last two tourneys, but they came up short this year, ending up in the CIT after a 20-16 season. In 2011, they gave fourth-seeded Texas a run for its money, ultimately losing a close one, 85-81. Power forward Will “The Thrill” Hudson poured in 14 points and grabbed 10 boards in the losing effort, but that wasn’t what made me notice him. In fact, I first spotted the Madison, Wisconsin native the year before, in which he only played eight minutes off the bench in a blowout loss to Pitt. Y’see, The Thrill likes his home state an awful lot–enough to get it tattooed on his left bicep.
Hey man, I love Alberta, and it’ll always be in my heart, but I don’t think I’d ever put it on my shoulder. (Besides, the left one’s already inked up.) But I gotta admire the kid’s dedication to his home state. It’s safe to say his tat will remind him of home during those rough winter months when the mercury hits a scorching 28.7 degrees–in Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia, where the kid’s putting points on the board as the starting center for the Gold Coast Blaze. They’ve got a little March Madness of their own going in the NBL playoffs, as they meet the Perth Wildcats in the semi-finals starting this Sunday. I’m sure all of Wisconsin will be watching… on First Row Sports, that is. Tip time is 3:30 am in the Central Timezone–the perfect ending to a Final Four Saturday, heh heh. Let’s Go Blaze! (Don’t mind if I doob…)