March Madness marched to a slow beat on day one of the tournament, as upsets took the day off. However, day two was the madness of a mad, mad chemist.
Two number-two seeds went bye bye. Say goodbye to my little friends (Scarface voicetrack) Duke and Missouri. Yes, number-15 seeds, which get Rodney- Dangerfield type respect in the tournament, did bracket damage. Lehigh disposed of Duke and Norfolk State dumped Missouri. I could hear pieces of bracket paper being ripped to shreds across the USA. Hey, maybe even a little profanity was uttered? However, the Fat Guy’s bracket remained just fine. I am the biggest Marquette and Baylor fan as the tourney marches on. I actually have the West brackets two match-ups still perfectly intact. Let’s get down to predicting how the rest of the brackets will play out and who will be the Final Four here in 2012.
The South Region lost Duke, a team I stated as a solid sleeper. Duke went sleep walking right on out of the tourney. Kentucky gets Indiana, one of four Big Ten teams left. This is a rematch of an Indiana buzzer beater over Kentucky earlier in the season. Kentucky will avenge that loss and eliminate the Hoosiers. Baylor, my tournament pool winner if they can win it all, takes on Xavier. I like Baylor to defeat Xavier in this basketball game. Can Baylor take me to the Promised Land with a victory over Kentucky? I say, no, they can’t. Kentucky to the Final Four. Come on Baylor or Indiana, help out the Fat Guy’s bracket; I need the MONEY!
The East Region features two Big Ten teams in the pesky Wisconsin Badgers and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Wisconsin defeated my sleeper pick in Vanderbilt. This bracket I can make a case for all four teams remaining to make the Final Four. The Orangemen of Syracuse lost a top player and yet still made the Sweet Sixteen. Cincinnatti knocked off the popular sexy pick in Florida State. Cincy is playing good hoops right now. The Buckeyes are a strong ball club, too! I like Wisconsin to move on and Ohio State to move on for a Big Ten Elite Eight match-up. The Buckeyes march on and will go to the Final Four.
The Midwest Region has a couple of double-digit seeds in number 13 Ohio and number 11 N.C. State. It also has the top seeds in North
Carolina and Kansas. Talk about bracket disparity; top heavy and bottom heavy. North Carolina has a huge injury to deal with in point guard Kendall Marshall. Can he come back and play in the NCAA tournament?
Nobody knows yet. The Ohio Bobcats, who knocked Michigan out of the tourney, will have a tougher task with the Tar Heels of
North Carolina. Carolina ends the Ohio dreams of a Final Four. The upset will come when North Carolina State takes down number-two seeded Kansas. The Wolfpack are red hot right now and Kansas has not looked very good. Purdue should have beaten them. This will pit two ACC foes against one another for a Final Four berth with Carolina.
The West Region has the MSU Spartans taking on the Louisville Cardinals. What a great match-up of two great coaches in Izzo and Pitino. Throw in the tradition of the two programs and we have a battle royal on the hoop court. The Spartans have the better offense and I like them to take down the Cardinals. The Marquette and Florida game will be a run and gun affair. Two high-powered offensive teams who run the hardwood. Marquette will take down the Gators and earn the right to play MSU. My upset special is the Spartans losing to Marquette. All you Spartan fans quit booing me now. If MSU wins, you all can call me names next week!
The Peyton Ed McMahon sweepstakes winner is the Denver Broncos. Peyton is changing horses and heading to the Mile High City of Denver. John Elway is a smart man and realized the Tebow experiment wasn’t going to work long term. Tebow Mania is heading to another town in the NFL. Where, is the question? Peyton will make Denver a Super Bowl contender. Las Vegas thinks so, as Denver went from 75-1 to 8-1 to win the Super Bowl.