The field of 68 is set and ready for action, starting on Tuesday, March 19th. The craziness will commence as the first game tips off, all the way until the final buzzer sounds and crowns a national champion. I don’t know about you, but I know I am excited to watch this crazy tournament play out and I can guarantee this year will give us lots of madness and ripping up of our brackets as we scream at the TV from now until April. One thing is certain, every one has a fair shot, so make your picks and choose wisely. Let’s see how the brackets are shaping up this year.
The Midwest Region is highlighted by the number 1 overall seed Louisville Cardinals, who just polished off an impressive Big East Championship run. They are a very intriguing pick to win it all and would be the so-called ‘chalk pick’. Other notable teams would be number 2 seed Duke Blue Devils who are looking to prove that they are the true number 1. There is number 3 seed Michigan State from the powerhouse Big Ten, and probably the most notable, number 4 seed St. Louis Billikens, who have seemingly come out of nowhere to make their footprint on the college basketball world.
Moving to the West Region, it is highlighted by the number 1 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs, probably the most controversial number 1 that I have seen, but hey, that’s why they play the games, to see whose worthy and who is not, so lets give them their chance. Other notables include the number 2 Ohio State Buckeyes, another dangerous one from the Big Ten, and a potential dark horse in the 3 seed Mountain West Champion, New Mexico Lobos. Then you have the surprise of the region, the number 12 seed SEC Champion Ole Miss Rebels. Don’t sleep on this team, that Henderson kid has got some grit and confidence, just ask the rest of the SEC if you don’t believe me.
Now on to the South Region, the most daunting region in my opinion, I feel like this is the juggernaut portion of the bracket. The number 1 seed Kansas Jayhawks leads this star-studded bracket, the undisputed Big 12 champion and always a team that’s got a chance to run the table. Other notables include the number 2 Georgetown Hoyas, who like Duke, played themselves out of a number 1 seed but 2 still isn’t bad. A preseason champion favorite, Michigan, sits at the number 4 seed and an overlooked 5 seed in Virginia Commonwealth looks to show everyone they can play with the big boys.
Last but not least the East Region featuring the number 1 seed Indiana Hoosiers who were no strangers to sitting at the top, but like everyone else, no stranger to getting knocked off. Other ones include the surprising ACC Champion Miami Hurricanes as the number 2 seed, that’s not a misprint by the way. The suddenly rejuvenated Jim Boeheim lead Syracuse Orange sitting at the number 4 seed and consistent Cinderella team, Butler, sitting at number 6, but with their recent history, I guess they aren’t that much of a Cinderella are they?
Well there you have it, a brief preview of the entire NCAA March Madness bracket, highlighting teams, in my opinion, that are worthy of being recognized. Check out the rest of the bracket and get to making your bracket. I’m going to be getting on mine soon and have my Final Four and National Champion predictions posted tomorrow, so be on the lookout for that. I’m ready for the madness to begin, are you?