A look at March Madness Sweet sixteen picks

Fat Guy Corner



It’s here! The NCAA March Madness tournament is set to start Thursday night (after my deadline).

But before we break down the brackets, I want to briefly touch on the Drew Brees retirement announcement. Drew Brees’ fabulous NFL career has come to a close. Drew finishes No. 1 in completions 7,142 and passing yards 80,358 in the NFL, and No. 2 in touchdown passes at 571. Drew was drafted in 2001 by the San Diego Chargers and played 20 years in NFL with 15 in a New Orleans uniform. Drew will now be a NFL analyst on Football Night in America and a game analyst for Notre Dame football. A tremendous career and classy guy. Enjoy the football booth, Mr. Brees.

One quick note, NFL free agency officially started Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Now, back to March Madness. The West region has No. 1 overall seed Gonzaga. The NCAA have basically given the “Zags” a free trip to the Final Four. I mean, the teams in this bracket are so weak if you ask me. I see some upset picks, however. I like Ohio over the Virginia Cavaliers. Yes, let’s see a MAC school pull this off. I think Oregon is dangerous and could make a serious run. The Iowa team can shoot the rock, so they are dangerous. I think Kansas as three seed is pretty weak. I say, these four teams are advancing to the Sweet Sixteen: Gonzaga, Ohio, (sleeper pick) USC, and Iowa.

The Midwest region No. 1 seed is Illinois and well deserved. The Illini are playing tremendous basketball right now and red hot. A man named the “Clanc” told me Illinois would be in the Final Four back in early December. He finally might have got something right! The eight and nine seed game between Georgia Tech and Loyola Chicago is a dandy matchup. I like Loyola in this spot. I say watch out for Liberty, a sneaky good defensive team who could upset Oklahoma State. I like SDSU to win over Syracuse. I think the matchups in this first round of games in this bracket are dynamite. I think upsets will happen too! The Houston Cougars are a solid basketball team if you have not watched them this season. My Sweet Sixteen picks: Illinois, Liberty (sleeper), West Virginia and Houston.

The South region No. 1 seed is the Baylor Bears. The Baylor Bears feature probably the best two guards in the country. I like Baylor, and they will be a tough team to beat. The eight seed North Carolina and nine seed Wisconsin is an even matchup. I like “Bucky Badger” to advance. The Colgate and Arkansas game will be a high scoring basketball game. Do not sleep on this Colgate team!

I could see Colgate winning this game as they should not be a 14-seed. The Ohio State Buckeyes are the two seed and looks good to advance. I really like Texas Tech’s basketball team. They will be a tough out. My Sweet Sixteen: Baylor, Purdue, Texas Tech and Ohio State.

The East region features two teams important in our State of Michigan — the Wolverines and Spartans. The Spartans received a raw deal having to play in the play in game on Thursday night. The Spartans opponent will be the UCLA Bruins from the Pac 12. The committee missed this as MSU did not deserve to be a play in game if you ask me. I like MSU to win and advance to play six seed BYU. The Michigan Wolverines are the No. 1 seed and will need to find a way to win without Isiah Livers. The Livers stress fracture in his foot is a serious blow to the Wolverines Final Four chances. I truly thought with Livers, Michigan goes to Final Four! However, without him I have my doubts and they could lose in the second round, actually. What a terrible time to lose the heart and soul of your basketball team. The Texas basketball team is dangerous and playing good basketball right now. The Florida State team is deep and has serious length so watch out for them. My Sweet Sixteen teams: Michigan, Florida State, Texas and Alabama.

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