At the Final Four with Infiniti and the M Hybrid

This is the best time of year for many sports fans. Baseball season is underway (and with it, the promise of spring), the NFL Draft is around the corner, the NBA is gearing up for the postseason and, of course, the excitement of March Madness culminates with the Final Four and the crowning of a new national champion.

We’ll be on hand in Houston for the Final Four, along with our friends at Inifiniti, who debuted ads for their sleek new M Hybrid during tournament telecasts this year. Many consider March Madness the greatest event in sports, and to see two Cinderellas fight for the chance to meet two of the game’s most respected programs in the title game will be memorable, for sure.

Below, we’ve detailed five things we’re most looking forward to as we prepare for this weekend’s games. Check them out, but first, learn more about the all-new 360 hp, 32 mpg Infiniti M Hybrid, the high-performance hybrid.

1. Brad Stevens vs. Shaka Smart
These two are the hottest young names in the college coaching ranks and it will be interesting to see how the chess match plays out. Neither team runs at a blistering pace, but Smart will likely try to push the tempo to take advantage of his team’s depth and athleticism. Butler has struggled against the press, so VCU is likely to use pressure early and often. On the flip side, Stevens always seems to have the Bulldogs executing with precision both offensively and defensively, so look for Butler to get a few easy baskets coming out of timeouts.

2. VCU’s three-point shooting
By any measure, the Rams are on fire from long range in the tournament. After shooting a decent (but not great) 36% on the season, they’ve hit at a 44% clip in the tournament, and it’s been the difference in just about every game. Butler is pretty darn good at guarding the three-point line (32% on the season), so something has to give. If the Rams hit at a 40%+ clip on Saturday, they have a great chance to advance.

3. Matt Howard
This kid stands 6’ 8” and is 230 pounds of bone and muscle, with an emphasis on bone. The Butler forward typically is the least athletic player on the court, but he more than makes up for it with savvy and hustle. Need someone to give up his body to get a loose ball? Howard is your man. Need someone to calmly hit a free throw or a three-pointer in a tight game? Howard is your man. Need someone to awkwardly outplay the other team’s bigs? Yes, Howard is your man. We just wish that he still had his moustache.

UConn’s Kemba Walker celebrates during the second half of UConn’s overtime victory over Syracuse in their NCAA men’s basketball game at the 2011 Big East Tournament in New York, March 11, 2011 REUTERS/Ray Stuibblebine (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

4. Kemba Walker vs. the Kentucky defense
UConn has won its first four tournament games because it had the best player on the floor. Walker is averaging 26.8 points in the tournament, which is no surprise considering he’s coming off a five-game, 130-point scoring spree in the Big East Tournament. Conversely, the Wildcats are #20 in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency. That’s not elite, but it’s better than solid and you better believe that John Calipari will have a gameplan that utilizes his team’s rangy athleticism to try to slow Walker down. If UK holds Walker below his tourney average, they have a great chance to pull out a victory.

5. Jim Calhoun vs. John Calipari
There’s bad blood between these two since Calipari’s days at UMass when he beat out UConn for the services of Marcus Camby. Cahoun never likes to lose, but he especially wants to beat the hotshot, and Calipari still qualifies. It didn’t sit well with the UConn coach when Calipari made it to the Final Four before he did, so it would be sweet revenge to bounce Kentucky out on Saturday.

John Paulsen contributed to this piece. For more of John’s Final Four coverage, head over to The Scores Report.

  

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Volvo S60 T6 AWD First Shots

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Volvo redesigned their S60 sedan and we must report that it's one sweet ride! Bullz-Eye is currently testing a 2011 Volvo S60 T6 AWD and we are very impressed. Until our review goes live you can check out this gallery and see just how sharp the new S60 looks.

  

Stream this record: Diego Garcia, “Laura”

Let’s get straight to the point: Diego Garcia’s solo debut Laura is one of the most gorgeous albums you’ll hear this year. In some parallel world, where songs like “Walk Away Renee” still rule the earth, this album will be king.

Pity this is not that world, and so Garcia’s string-kissed acoustic ballads face an uphill battle vying for attention in an overcrowded market. But let us just say this: if someone attempts to assemble a “Garden State”-type soundtrack in the next couple of years, you better believe that “You Were Never There” will be on it.

Laura hits iTunes April 5 and shelves April 12, but NPR is streaming the entire record now. Check it out. You’ll be glad you did.

Click here to stream Diego Garcia’s Laura

  

Domino’s new wings and boneless chicken. Mmmm Good.

Bullz-Eye tested the new Domino’s boneless chicken wings and regular chicken wings to see what all the hype was about. Our friend Phil over at Domino’s sent over a variety of different samples and we filled up on some good fair! Ever since the new Domino’s pizza hit the market last year we have been interested in the transformation at Domino’s and even took a trip to visit Domino’s headquarters in Michigan to get a behind the scenes look at what Domino’s did to change course with a vastly improved pizza.

Ok, This post is about the new Domino’s chicken wings so let’s get back on track. Domino’s sent over both boneless chicken and regular chicken wings in Hot, BBQ and Sweet Mango Habanero. The Domino’s chicken is billed as the next chapter in the Domino’s story of reinvention and we are happy to report this chicken is very good. My fellow chicken wing fanatics and I first noticed how tender the chicken was on the wings. Lean and tender was the best way to describe the new Domino’s wings and the flavors are vibrant and accurate. The favorite was the Sweet Mango Habanero and when dipped in the provided Ranch or blue cheese containers forget about it!

The new boneless wings are made with 100 percent whole white breast meat lightly breaded with savory herbs and they are simply delicious! The boneless chicken are not covered in sauce but rather they come with dipping sauces consisting of hot, BBQ and new Sweet Mango Habanero and of course ranch or blue cheese for dipping. All of the flavors were very good but again the new Sweet Mango Habanero ranked # 1 with our group.

Domino’s appears to have more winners on their hands (including alot of flavored sauce – ok just reached for a napkin and I’m good) and we look forward to getting our grub on with the new Domino’s all white breast meat boneless and regular wings while watching a good sporting event on the big screen. Hey, It’s the American Way!

Don’t forget to check out the Domino’s Pizza Bracket on Facebook. The company is down to the Final Four pizzas, competing to become the fan favorite pizza champion.

  

Royal Elastics introduces the Jomei Low for men

Now that spring is finally here, you can start shaking off those cold weather blues and start thinking about your spring and summer wardrobe. Naturally you’ll be looking for casual shoes, and you should consider the new Jomei Low for men introduced by Royal Elastics.

The retailer sent us the vegan black pair you see above to try out, and we were impressed with these comfortable shoes. The shoes are perfect for a day at the beach or on a boat, along with everyday use in shorts and in jeans or khakis. The design is also unique, so these will appeal to guys looking for something a little different than casual shoes with laces.

  

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