Mike Francesa, clearly paying attention. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

I don’t know about you, but before I fill out my bracket, I make a point to listen to WFAN’s Mike Francesa. He has all the inside info, which this year is so insider-y that it involves things that are not actually happening and situations that no longer exist. For instance, the other day he was talking about the first-round NCAA tournament matchup between hated ACC rivals Maryland and Florida State, two teams that haven’t played since 2014.

“Maryland and Florida State, which we’ve already had this year. … What happened in those Maryland-Florida State games this year?”

(Dead air)

“Let’s see, let me get to that.”

(Dead air)

“Let’s see, let me get to that.”

(Dead air)


(Dead air)


“Trying to get to one of those two teams, look up their schedule quick.”

(Sound of schedule-scanning.)

“I don’t think it was a vintage Maryland year by any stretch, but I could see them …”

(Producer fills him in)

“They didn’t play once this year? … You know what, I’m forgetting now. I’m forgetting. … You’re right, they wouldn’t play.”

(Francesa decides to boldly stumble forward by talking in the most vague generalities about something he clearly knows nothing about.)

“So the bottom line is, um, Maryland should have been better, they had some injuries. They’re hot and cold. You know, their best player’s hot and cold. So from that standpoint, you know, I could see them winning this game. I could see them losing this game. One way or the other, you know, I don’t think it’s that big a deal, I don’t think it’s a shocking Game 1 way or the other. I think pretty big things were expected from Maryland this year, they really kind of disappointed. Um, had kind of a hot-and-cold season. Good coach, well-coached team. Obviously, always a lot of expectations there. They expect good things there all the time. They have very high expectations for that program, which you would expect. I think that’s reasonable from a standpoint of, week-in, week-out, what you would expect from that group. But I don’t think they had a great year, for them.”

(Here Francesa rights the ship, slightly)

“What I was thinking of was old-time ACC. I’m forgetting Maryland’s in the Big Ten now, so, you know, they moved, so that’s why I’m thinking they play each other. They’re not even in the same league anymore. You forget that Maryland moved.”

(And then: the iceberg)

“So bottom line is I could see that game going one way or the other. I’m not a big Florida State fan. They had a good year, I just don’t love ’em, never have. So go either way with that game.”

There you have it: Maryland, which was sometimes good and sometimes bad this season, might beat Florida State (or Xavier, what’s the difference?). Alternately, it might not.

You can listen to the whole thing here.