Anyway, onto my preview.
MY PICK – Duke: Of course I’m going with Duke. Up until last Friday they were most people’s pick to win it all. 1 loss and everybody jumps off. Not me. It’s a tough region but I think Duke can get past both Michigan State and Louisville. Whoever wins this region will definitely of earned it.
MOST LIKELY TOP SEED TO BE UPSET – Michigan State: Most years I’m all over Izzo in March but not this time. Not enough offense and I think they’ll struggle to beat Valpo. Not sure they make the Sweet Sixteen this year.
MOST LIKELY UNDERDOG TO MAKE SOME NOISE – Colorado State: Very capable of beating Louisville in Round 2. They get a ton of offensive boards and if Peyton Siva falls back into his old self the Rams could roll.
HARDEST 1ST ROUND GAMES TO PICK – Oklahoma State vs Oregon, Middle Tennessee/St. Mary’s vs Memphis, Creighton vs Cincinnati
MY PICK – Gonzaga: They aren’t getting a ton of media love because of their schedule but this is still a very efficient team. ESPN seems to like them to lose to Pittsburgh in the second round but I don’t see it. Might be my easiest Final Four pick
MOST LIKELY TOP SEED TO BE UPSET – Kansas State: I have no faith in Bruce Weber and I’m leaning towards picking them to lose in the 1st round
MOST LIKELY UNDERDOG TO MAKE SOME NOISE – Iowa State: if they win those two games against Kansas this is probably a 4 seed. Woefully underseeded. I look for them to make the Sweet Sixteen at least.
HARDEST 1ST ROUND GAMES TO PICK – Arizona vs Belmont, Kansas State vs LaSalle/Boise State
MY PICK – Kansas: More of a pick against the other teams in the region then a ringing endorsement for the Jayhawks
MOST LIKELY TOP SEED TO BE UPSET – Georgetown: They’ll go cold for 10-12 minutes in round 1 or 2 and lose. Book it
MOST LIKELY UNDERDOG TO MAKE SOME NOISE – Minnesota: if they find that will to win like they had in the November they should win a could in a row. UCLA is no match in round 1
HARDEST 1ST ROUND GAMES TO PICK – San Diego State vs Oklahoma, South Dakota State vs Michigan
MY PICK – Indiana: I know, a lot of chalk for me in the Final Four. Remember, this is my first glance look. I reserve the right to change any or all of these picks
MOST LIKELY TOP SEED TO BE UPSET – Syracuse: I could make a case for any of the top 4 seeds here. I have no faith in Miami either. Everybody forgot they were barely over 500 in their last 10 games. And their wins weren’t that good
MOST LIKELY UNDERDOG TO MAKE SOME NOISE – Colorado: Dinwiddie and Roberson are a potent 1-2 punch. I’m leaning towards picking them over Miami
HARDEST 1ST ROUND GAMES TO PICK – NC State vs Temple, UNLV vs California, Butler vs Bucknell, Marquette vs Davidson, Syracuse vs Montana. Wow, this is a tough bracket to pick