Twas the night before March Madness and all through the land, everybody was going crazy over the bracket’s they had. With endless possibilities of landing a perfecto, 576 quadrillion to be exacto, many found creative ways to fill out their brackets, even over games of tic-tac-toe.
Another March is here and so too is the madness of college basketball. Sixty-eight teams enter with hopes of cutting the nets, but only one gets the honor. With upsets bound to happen, and people ripping their hair out, the name fits.
We have Wichita State a number one seed in the Midwest bracket, looking to fulfill their promise of coming off a season in the final four last year and an undefeated regular season this year. It won’t be easy as they have the toughest challenge having to get through Kentucky, Louisville, Duke, and Michigan. If they were to shut-up any critics for having a lack of a schedule, now is the time.
Syracuse went from a heavy favorite number one three weeks ago, to a number three seed in the South bracket. Having to prove they’re not overrated or tired out, they have to get through the number one overall team Florida, but I’m sure Kansas and even Ohio State stand a chance.
Arizona has arguably the easiest path to the final four, as I have them meeting number two Wisconsin in the elite eight. Easy to say nobody else jumps out in that conference to overthrow the Wildcats. However, 3,000 point scorer Doug McDermott and number 3 Creighton have something else in store.
Virginia may have had the best season out of all number ones winning the ACC title and tournament to get the respect they deserve. Oh yeah, that’s the hardest conference in all of college basketball. I don’t have them making the cut though as the miraculous Michigan State Spartans will come out of the East bracket and make an even more exciting final four match-up with Florida then we should see in the national championship.
I forgot all about the “Cinderella teams,” but, don’t we all? We never see them coming! Last year, we saw two with Wichita State and Florida Gulf Coast (now playing in NIT) making it to final four. This year, I’m taking North Dakota State and Stephen F. Austin as my Cinderella’s. SF Austin hasn’t lost a game since November, and every year there seems to be a number 12 seed upsetting a number 5 seed in the first round, and ruh-roh, sorry Oklahoma, I think you’ve got another thing coming with ND State. ND State just doesn’t make bad shots, and control the tempo of the game when they get in a groove.
SF Austin, though I have them eliminated in the second round, wouldn’t surprise me if they made a run to the elite eight or final four. The club plays well together as they all have average stats together, and play exceptional defense, always forcing turnovers.
Here’s to another month of madness leading to ripping out our hair, yelling at the TV, smack talking our buddies who didn’t do well, getting it right back when we don’t, and most of all, the exciting moments that we couldn’t have predicted or written about ourselves.
Arthur’s Final Four Pick ’em:
Florida vs. Michigan State
Arizona vs. Louisville