Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lachey gives Final Four picks


After hearing his theme song for the Big East Tournament “Last One Standing” played last Saturday following the final, Nick Lachey has a Big East team on his bracket. It’s not Pitt or UC though.

Said Lachey of picking UConn, which won five games in five days, to make the Final Four: “I know it’s a stretch because whoever comes out of the tournament usually does not do well but I’m making a leap of faith.”

Lachey’s other Final Four picks are Ohio State, Kansas and Kansas State. He has the Jayhawks winning it all.

As for UC and Xavier, Lachey has the Bearcats getting to the second round, and falling to UConn, and he has the Musketeers losing to Marquette in the first round.

Lachey said he couldn’t be happier to see the Bearcats back in the tournament and the job Mick Cronin has done.

“I still remain very good friends with Bob Huggins and the departure was a very dark time for the program. But Mick has done a great job, withstood the criticism and has seen his players develop,” Lachey said. “I’m very happy for him and to see the Bearcats relevant nationally.”

Speaking of Huggins, Lachey said he talked to him the night before the NCAA field was released and is cautiously optimistic of what they can do.

“I like his chances and where they’re sitting (in the bracket). They should take care of Clemson and he has Calipari’s number (Kentucky),” Lachey said.

Back to the song, it was not the first time he has been featured as a solo artist at the world’s most famous arena. He performed there during Z100′s Jingle Ball Christmas show in 2008.

“It’s a legendary venue and it’s great to be featured there anytime,” Lachey said. “It was a lot of fun (to compose the song). Sports and music are kind of my two passions and it was fantastic tournament.”