Parlay this for my favorite bet of the first round. This is Lipscomb’s first tournament berth ever, and they drew the defending national champs. The Bisons play faster than almost any team in the nation. They’re top five in pace, and UNC is no stranger to running with a top 50 pace. Lipscomb is going to come out full of energy and run this game into the ground, and that spells death against a Carolina squad willing to run that’s bigger and better at every position. The winning team in Lipscomb games this season averaged just under 90 points a game, and UNC has hit 100 in four of their last six first rounds as a top 2 seed. There will be a LOT of points in this one.
Anderson: Bauer never shuts up. I actually think I have him either muted or blocked on Twitter. I don’t know if the league should or will silence him, but I can tell you who WAS able to silence him. It was October 30, 2016, and I was there for it. His name was Kris, and one crack of the bat changed everything. As he left the mound, endless chants of “BAU-ER, BAU-ER, BAU-ER” echoed across the park. I can still hear it when I close my eyes. Ben Zobrist won the MVP award, but Cubs fan know who the real World Series MVP was. Silence that.