Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Let's pick some March Madness games.
-I've got Mt. St. Marys and my Trojans in the play in games.
-Two seed upsets in round one: Marquette over South Carolina, and with the Gamecocks playing in state that doesn't sound like a great pick. And - I've got UNC Wilmington knocking off Virginia. If Virginia goes through they're 50/50 to make the sweet 16, so that's a real pick. I'd like to take USC to beat SMU again, but there's probably a better chance of Providence knocking us out than that happening.
-I've got Vandy in the coin flip game over Northwestern; I've got a 12/5 upset here, Princeton taking out Notre Dame. That's a "I think Princeton's got a 40% chance to win so I take the shot" pick, but I'm taking Xavier over Maryland in the 11/6 game, and that's a 50/50 game.
-I've got NC Central in the play in game.
-Seed upsets - Rhode Island beating Creighton in the 11/6. That's it.
-I've got Wake over KSt in the play in - but, but but....if KSt wins, I'm going to take them to beat Cincinnati in Round One, but not Wake. Got it?
-I've got Middle Tennessee over Minnesota in a 12/5, I've got Wichita over Dayton in a 10/7.
-I've got chalk, the cross out on my bracket is crossing out SMU and picking Baylor. If SMU wins look really hard at their beating Duke in the next round.
-I've got St Marys over Arizona, that's not the end for St Marys, so that's an upset I'm banking on a little bit.
-Chalk. If Michigan does get by in Round one it will be hard not to root for them here against Louisville, even with what that would mean to my bracket.
-I've got Wichita taking out Kentucky, placing a double digit seed in the sweet 16, as generally happens.
-Chalk, although, if it's SMU/Duke, look out.
-Rolling with St Marys over Florida St.
-Chalk, but I half like Purdue here if they're able to get by Iowa St. I'd half like Iowa St to come to think of it. I don't like Kansas is what I'm saying, even though I've got them going to the elite 8.
-Chalk, UCLA is super interesting, I could see them bounced by Cincinnati really readily, but I've got them going to the elite 8.
Villanova over Duke
Gonzaga over St Marys
Louisville over Kansas
UNC over UCLA
The midwest is a tricky one, I just don't think there's a team really worthy of the final four, I've got Louisville coming out but without enthusiasm. I'll be rooting for UCLA; that's a fun team and I watch a lot of west coast basketball.
I've got a Gonzaga/UNC finals, with the Zags cutting down the nets.