2012 NCAA March Madness
March Madness is upon us. The two play-in games, which NCAA officials want to call the first round.. are happening this evening. Both of these future 16-seeds are going to face quick exits in the real first round on Thursday/Friday... so why even bother? At the office, and around the country, brackets are being filled out at a rapid pace. My final matchup consists of the fairly mundane Kentucky v. Ohio State. This is unlikely to take place, since they are both high seeds and John Calipari's revolving door (Kentucky basketball team) is probably not going to compete with some of the midmajors like Baylor and Creighton who have a lot of seniors and continuity. The whole country is going to be watching the tournament, and I can't wait for all the hoops action. Here are some of my thoughts for the tournament.
UConn backers surround me at work. Although they had a decent run in the Big East tournament and are the defending champs, I am expecting an early exit, possibly at the hands of higher seed Iowa State that many people have UConn penciled in beating.
North Carolina has the easiest 1 seed path to the final four, their conference is the weakest: Georgetown, Temple & Michigan as high seeds are a lot easier than any other conference. Michigan State led by Tom Izzo is a bit of a suspect 1 seed, and I think they will have the toughest time making it to the final four.
My underdog picks include NC State who had an amazing ACC tournament, beating Duke, and just looking great. They are an 11 seed, but I think they can ride the wave into the later rounds of the tournament. I am looking for Louisville to have a big year and hopefully come out of Michigan State's bracket, after winning the Big East Tournament.
I predict Syracuse to lose in the Final Four.
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