Can writer "upset"
editor with picks?
As I sat down this morning with my copy of the March Madness bracket,
I thought to myself, life just doesn't get any better.
Beginning today, the madness will commence. Grab your trusty number
2 pencil, your bracket and a cold brewsky as I prepare to take the
"mad" out of the madness.
The Midwest region is like a University Students' Council election,
consisting of a large contingent of hopefuls fighting against a Paul
Yeomanesque competitor it's obvious who's going to win, but
candidates jump into the fray regardless. The Kentucky Wildcats are
the Yeoman of the Midwest and will easily advance to the Sweet 16.
Marquette and Pittsburgh will advance and look for Tulsa to provide
rabid fans with scintillating upset games.
The West region is insanely competitive with Arizona, Illinois, Duke
and Kansas all poised for Final Four status. But the Blue Devils are
not the team of old and look for them to drop off against Creighton
in a second round upset. Furthermore, I pity the foo who is forced
to bust their asses to get through this draw and then, after all is
said and done, face Kentucky in the Final Four.
Arizona and Kansas will exploit their depth and advance and Notre
Dame, who many think is lagging and will be upset, will buck the odds
and "upset" Illinois.
The Maryland Terrapins grabbed the championship last year, but this
season they have been like a horny high school kid at Old Chicago,
winning some battles, yet losing many at the same time. The Terps
will score this weekend, joining Texas, Connecticut (with Canadian
Denham Brown) and Colorado, who will end Florida's horrendous up-and-down
Experts would contest that veteran leadership wins the NCAA championship,
but the hot dog lady beside D.B. Weldon Library could be considered
an expert on this mayhem. Rookie Carmelo Anthony and the Syracuse
Orangemen will advance, as will Oklahoma, Louisville and my upset
special of the tournament, East Tennessee State. Go Bucanneers!
In a tournament known for its upsets and Cinderella stories, picking
a winner out of a field of 65 can be difficult. It can cause sleepless
nights and philosophy essays to be put on hold until you have made
your picks and filled out your bracket.
This year's NCAA basketball tournament is one of the most difficult
to predict in recent years. Unlike years past, there is no clear-cut
favourite, no team is safe and every game has the potential for an
The South Region, like the others, is wide open. Texas was given the
number 1 seed, despite their recent struggles and an early loss in
the Big 12 Conference tournament, but should still make it through
the opening two rounds. The same can't be said for Florida. Their
recent slide leaves the door open for an upset in the second round
by the winner of the Michigan State/Colorado game. Pick Colorado to
move into the Sweet 16. Defending champion Maryland has come on strong
of late and will also be a force in the South.
A 16 seed has never beaten a number 1 seed in the history of the tournament,
and it will not happen in the East Region. Top seed Oklahoma is coming
off the Big 12 Conference championship and should cruise to the Sweet
16. Beyond that, anything can happen in the East. After being left
out of the tournament last year, Butler will get their revenge on
Mississippi State and could be this year's Cinderella story.
In the Midwest, Kentucky has to be the favourite. The Wildcats come
into the tournament on a 23-game winning streak, and have been the
best team all year. Pittsburgh, Marquette and Missouri should all
make it through the first two rounds, but if you want to pick an upset,
take Tulsa over Dayton.
The West Region is ridiculously stacked. Powerhouses Arizona, Kansas,
Duke and Illinois should all survive their opening round matchups.
Fan favourite Gonzaga should survive their first game, but will not
make it past Arizona in the second round.