It’s a word you have been hearing now for the
last couple of weeks and now it finally means something.
The field of 65 has been announced and its time for
all of the teams to put up or …..well you know the rest.
The four number one seeds were no surprise: Duke, Memphis
Connecticut, and Villanova stood out amongst all the rest.
There were a few teams that could have been number
one seeds especially since Connecticut, took an early exit in the Big
East Tournament, but these four were certainly deserving of the honor.
their respective seasons strong and could have occupied one of those
Duke will play their first two
games of the tournament in Greensboro
where they won the ACC tournament. This home court advantage should
easily get them into the sweet sixteen.
toughest bracket appears to be the Minneapolis
Villanova could all potentially make it to the Final for out of that
The weakest region has to be Atlanta
where Duke is the overwhelming favorite. Texas
is the 2 seed and they lost to Duke by 40 points earlier in the season.
The 3 seed Iowa
is a good team, but they didn’t play anybody outside the mediocre Big
For the most part I think the NCAA
bracket committee got it right, the one exception would be the
Cincinnati Bearcats. Cincy had wins over Syracuse,
West Virginia, LSU, and Louisville
and still managed to get snubbed. The Big
East led the way with 8 bids to the dance which didn’t help the
Bearcats, because a ninth team from that conference would have had
people wondering if they were all deserving. The
ACC only came away with 4 teams, when they usually have 5 or 6 and that
was before expansion. Maryland
missed the cut and will have to settle for the NIT.
The surprise team of the field of 65 was the Air
Force Academy. Air Force didn’t get a win
over any top 50 RPI teams this year. Their
most impressive when came against a lackluster Georgia Tech team.
The first two rounds of the tournament are the
most exciting to the average fan.
seed has upset a 5 seed every year for the last 8 years.
My 12 vs. 5 upset special is #12 Kent
st. over Pittsburgh
and my other upset special is
over #4 LSU.
best part of filling out a bracket is picking the upsets.
My pick to win it all is Connecticut, they are the
most talented team in the field and they have a lot to prove with their
early exit in the Big East conference tournament.
games start on Thursday…so go ahead and start working on your cough, so
the boss won’t be suspicious when you call in sick.