Last week, my NCAA bracket was in first after correctly picking Cleveland State’s upset of Wake Forest and preserving all of my Elite 8 and Final Four through two rounds. My reign at the top was shortlived however as the Sweet Sixteen and Elite 8 were brutal to me. One of my Final Four teams, Memphis was knocked out by Missouri while Michigan State upset Louisville and Villanova trounced both Duke and Pitt. That leaves me with only one team standing going into the Final Four and even if UNC wins, I had them losing in the finals to Louisville. Sadly it appears as if my hopes of winning are gone so I might as well root for who I really want now: Let’s Go Tar Heels!
Just for fun though here are my predictions: Michigan State and UNC in the Finals.
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Well, the first round is over. The bracket took some hits, especially on Day 2. First off, the BC loss was a tough one considering we were up by 4 at halftime without Sanders but looked completely lifeless the second half. Although we could’ve taken it to the hole more instead of chucking up threes and there were lots of bad calls and no-calls, in retrospect it was a predictable loss. USC is big and athletic and we have trouble with big and athletic teams (see Wake Forest).
In other games around the tournament, I inexplicably picked Butler over LSU like most of the world and got burned by OT losses by Ohio State and FSU, two teams that can’t win when you want them to. Missed the other two 8-9 gam
es as well with BYU and Tennessee as my picks. Like a lot of people, I was also shocked by Dayton over WVU and Western Kentucky over Illinois.
On the bright side, I did pick Maryland over Cal and Michigan over Clemson. A few teams like Villanova, Marquette, and Gonzaga managed to avoid upsets. But best of all, I picked Cleveland State over Wake Forest! Almost makes up for the Ohio State and FSU losses.
I’m tied for 6th in my pool right now, but going forward I’m in pretty good shape. My round of 32 is a little beat of right now, but all but 2 of my Sweet 16 are still alive and all my Elite Eight and Final Four are still in. Let the madness continue!