NCAA Tournament Bracket Officially Set
It's about that time to start filling out those brackets and see what madness occurs this March. All 68 teams, every single game, get a breakdown of who I think will win everything and who Cinderella may be...
Let's get things tipped off with the field. Who's in? Here's a list of all 68 teams, by seeding;
1. Kentucky, Villanova, Wisconsin, Duke
2. Kansas, Virginia, Gonzaga, Arizona
3. Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Baylor, Iowa State
4. Maryland, Georgetown, Louisville, North Carolina
5. Arkansas, Utah, Northern Iowa, West Virginia
6. Butler, Providence, Xavier, SMU
7. VCU, Iowa, Wichita State, Michigan State
8. San Diego State, Oregon, North Carolina State, Cincinnati
9. Purdue, Oklahoma State, LSU, St. John's
10. Davidson, Georgia, Ohio State, Indiana
11. Boise State, Dayton, BYU, UCLA, Ole Miss, Texas
12. Wofford, Stephen F. Austin, Buffalo, Wyoming
13. Eastern Washington, Harvard, Valparaiso, UC Irvine
14. UAB, Georgia State, Northeastern, Albany
15. Belmont, North Dakota State, Texas Southern, New Mexico State
16. Coastal Carolina, North Florida, Robert Morris, Lafayette, Hampton, Manhattan
First things first, we get the ball rolling on Tuesday and Wednesday with match-ups between the bubble teams. Hampton and Manhattan as well as BYU and Ole Miss start things off Tuesday evening, then North Florida and Robert Morris and Boise State and Dayton square off on Wednesday.
So, the question everyone is asking this year is who will the Cinderella team be? So many choices could be picked, as many lower-seeded teams are very good. Could we possibly see Texas Southern shock the world like they shocked Michigan State earlier this year? Perhaps; but I think it'll be another Texas team. Straight out of the Piney Woods, the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks upset VCU last year in the second round, and may do the exact same to Utah this year. The team played extremely well this year, dominating the Southland conference with stout, classic defense and a quick, efficient offense. Look for Thomas Walkup to lead the Jacks to a possible upset not just me, but many analysts are expecting.
Who wins it all, though? Let's face it, there's only one team in a league of its own this year, and it's Kentucky. Undefeated all year and just absolutely ridiculous, these dudes just don't know how to lose, and probably won't. I certainly have them going all the way and becoming champs, but don't sleep on ANY team in this field, there will certainly be some crazy upsets.
Happy March Madness, everyone!