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Final Four Tip Times, HB Bracket Challenge Update

Three games left for your 2017 SHOOTYHOOPS needs

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-South Regional-Kentucky vs North Carolina Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

I’ll admit, as a Kentucky fan from birth, Sunday was not an easy day for me. However, the silver lining in all of it is that we were all witness to a wonderful game that was befitting the final matchup of the weekend. The outcome? Well, that sucked. But at least the sofas in Lexington can sleep safely tonight as the riot squad moves on to whatever they don’t do when the Cats make the Final Four. You think I’m joking. I’m most certainly not.

I wish I could tell you I’ve never been down in a throng of undergrads celebrating the athletic accomplishments of 18-22 year olds that I’ve never met and really don’t give a rip about me, but that wouldn’t be honest. And the one thing you can expect from your friendly neighborhood Belters (other than all things MACtion related) is honesty. It’s kind of our thing. You’re welcome America.

So next weekend, you’ve got four squads in Oregon, North Carolina, Gonzaga, and South Carolina squaring off in Phoenix for the right to hang a championship banner and burn their own couches. Trying to make some plans for next Saturday? We got you, fam...

The one thing left hanging around these parts is our friendly little bracket challenge. It’s fitting that leading our entire thing is the chalk bracket that had every higher seeded team win. Use that to your benefit next year. Our current Top 5:

  1. HB Chalk 82
  2. Ricky Gerding 81
  3. James J 79
  4. Colin 77
  5. James S (Hustle Belt staff) 77

Remember, the winner of our challenge gets a shout out on the site and the Twitters, so Ricky’s in a a good spot. He had three of the four Phoenix bound teams (NC, Gonzaga, and Oregon) so I’d say he’s in a good spot.