Right now I am considering Purdue getting to the final four. I'm skeptical though because traditionally Big Ten teams are very hit or miss in the tournament. They could go to the final four or just as easily lose the first game.
Duke seems to be the big favorite because of Zion. I also think they might have the easiest region. I think the West is the hardest.
North Dakota State beat North Carolina Central and will get the first shot at upsetting Duke on Friday. Waiting to see what happens with ASU in the late game before filling out my bracket. I will post my final four picks before the start of Thursday's game. I'm sure the suspense is killing you.
OK, less than 12 hours until tip off. Here are some predictions.
First round upsets - Arizona State over Buffalo, Oregon over Wisconsin, and New Mexico State over Auburn are my big three. I have Minnesota and Seton Hall pulling minor upsets as the 10 seed.
I have Oregon making a run to the sweet 16.
My Final Four are Duke, Virginia, Kentucky, and Nevada. With Nevada beating Kentucky in the title game.
I know it's a homer pick to go with Nevada but they are a good team. They made a nice run in the tournament last year and finished in the top 20, being as high as #6 in the country at one point. They can make a real run at it. Or they could lose in the first game against Florida Thursday afternoon. It can go either way.
Nevada lost the first game. So I'm out. I've never been out faster than this year. Nevada just sucked. They were way off from behind the three point line, misses a lot of free throws, and had more turnovers than assists. They were down 18 before making a big run to come back and got within two points in the final four minutes, but lost by nine. So that ends my tournament posting. Maybe things will be better next year. Can't get any worse.
What a failure.
For those of you still alive in your brackets, good luck.