The “Madness” of March started earlier than imagined Sunday night! What am I talking about, you ask? The fact that Virginia received the No. 1 seed over the Michigan State Spartans was highway robbery, I say. The Virginia basketball team did not win its conference or conference tournament. I say the committee needs to be drug tested. This committee made the worst choices I have ever seen.
Monmouth was robbed for sure and Tulsa does not belong in the tournament. I don’t care if they beat Michigan on Wednesday night. Syracuse is another team that doesn’t belong. The criteria needs to be established by the committee so teams know whether it’s RPI, road wins, tough nonconference schedules or other things. It seems like every year the criteria changes.
I guess that’s enough of deflated basketball talk, so let’s dive into the brackets.
The West Region has No. 1-seeded Oregon and the No. 2 seed is Oklahoma. The Oregon Ducks live by the three ball and I believe are a very good basketball team. Oklahoma has struggled lately on the court. The Sooners looked like the team to beat a month ago, however, I just don’t see it right now. The sleeper team for me is Texas A&M, the No. 3 seed. The hot team right now also is No. 8-seed Saint Joe’s. I say if Saint Joe’s defeats the Cincinnati Bearcats, an upset is possible in round two as Saint Joe’s might defeat the Oregon Ducks. I am taking an upset and saying Texas A&M goes to the Final Four.
The East Region features No. 1-seeded North Carolina and No. 2 seed Xavier. North Carolina is playing good ball and is very dangerous on the court right now. This bracket has a great story line with a possible round two match-up of Kentucky and Indiana squaring off. They refuse to play each other in the nonconference schedule. Indiana as a five seed is a joke and will play with a chip on its shoulders. Michigan and Tulsa will play for the right to meet Notre Dame. I like Michigan to win. Wisconsin draws Pitt and I like them to advance. The Big Ten is well represented in the East Region. Xavier, if you have not watched them, is a high-scoring bunch who will push the basketball. My pick to come out of the East is Indiana, the five seed. I am going outside the box on that pick, for sure.
The South Region No. 1 seed is the Kansas Jayhawks and the No. 2 seed is Villanova. The Kansas team is deep and talented. However, Kansas is a choke-job team come tournament time and so is Villanova. I think it’s funny that two chokes are in the same bracket.
Maryland has no sense of playing team ball. I think Melo Trimble of Maryland is a cancer, to be honest.
Cal is the media darling pick because it has three NBA lottery picks on the team. Cal’s a pretty young team, though, and I don’t trust them. Iowa was the team I liked a month ago, however, it came in stumbling and bumbling.
I love the Miami Hurricanes, the No. 3 seed. They have five players who can score. I think this bracket comes down to Kansas or Miami. I will stick with the No. 1-seeded Kansas Jayhawks to the Final Four.
The Midwest Region has Virginia and Michigan State as one and two. When looking at this bracket Michigan State is the team to beat. The Spartans are playing exceptional basketball. It’s March, which is Izzo time. Who doesn’t love watching Coach Izzo on the sidelines? He wears his heart on his sleeve and you always know how he’s feeling about his Spartans!
A team to watch is red hot Seton Hall featuring guard Isiah Whitehead. Utah has big man Jakob Poettl. The bracket also has No. 5-seed Purdue. The bottom line is, I can’t pick against the Michigan State Spartans. I think they have a shot at winning the entire tournament. Sparty On to the Final Four!
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