Well, my bracket is slowly deteriorating.
I apparently put way too much faith in the Big East, which has turned into the Big Least after Georgetown, Marquette and Notre Dame went down yesterday.
Luckily, West Virginia (who I have making it to the championship game) finally decided to show up about five minutes into their game today, after falling behind 10-0 early to the local Morgan State Bears.
Despite my frustration over my picks, yesterday was an incredibly entertaining day. I love the first two weekends of the tourney, and yesterday was as exciting a day of basketball from start to finish as I can remember.
Meanwhile, we will find out at Monday's owners meetings whether the Ravens have been selected as the team that will play the Jets on Thanksgiving night.
Full schedules won't be announced until April, but information on some featured games (like the Thanksgiving night contest which will be televised on the NFL Network) will be released.
Not sure how you all feel about a potential primetime Thanksgiving game, but I wouldn't be too upset if the Ravens got passed over for that one. Maybe that's just me.
There's another piece of news that members of the Ravens' office will be keeping their eyes on during the owners meetings - compensatory picks.
The league will announce which teams have been awarded extra picks in April's draft based on the "net free agent losses" last offseason, and because Bart Scott, Jason Brown, Jim Leonhard and Kyle Boller all left as free agents, some might think that the Ravens could have a pick or two coming their way.
One thing that's important to keep in mind, however, is the phrase "net losses". The Ravens also added a few unrestricted free agents last offseason (Domonique Foxworth, Matt Birk, Chris Carr and L.J. Smith), which would balance out the fact that Scott, Brown, Leonhard and Boller signed elsewhere.
As I understand it, because the Ravens signed as many UFAs as they lost, they would only be eligible for a seventh-round pick if the league views their losses were greater than their gains.
It's not much, but in a draft that's considered one of the deepest in recent memory, Ozzie Newsome and company would welcome an extra seventh-rounder.