Thursday, March 11, 1999

Packer picks UC - not Duke - for Final Four




BY JOHN FAY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Billy Packer was taking a lot of calls Wednesday from people wondering what in the world he was thinking when he picked Cincinnati to make the Final Four.

        By picking UC, Packer is saying Duke, the overwhelming favorite, won't even make it out of the East Region.

        Packer's prediction appeared in Rudy Martzke's column in USA Today.

        “Rudy was badgering me about not getting in the Sweet 16 contest,” said Packer, CBS' lead analyst. “He said I still had to give him a Final Four ... The guy asked a question, and I gave him a crazy answer.”

        Packer says he doesn't even fill out a bracket. “I spend all my time getting ready to do the games I'm covering this weekend.”

        Packer will be at the Midwest Region games at New Orleans, where Kentucky and the Miami RedHawks play.

        “I spend all my waking hours getting ready,” he said, “so I don't do a disservice to those teams. There are four teams I've never seen play or practice; two teams I couldn't name one player on; and one team I couldn't name a player who had even played for them.”

       



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