At a time when everybody from college basketball experts to those who don’t know the difference between Michigan and Michigan State has an opinion on the NCAA tournament, here’s one look at what could happen over the next three weeks.
The bracket breakdown (winners in all caps):
MOUNT ST. MARY’S vs. Albany - Both teams won the automatic bid on an opponent’s home court but you have to go with a team that has a leading scorer (17.7) named (Rashad) Whack.
CAL POLY vs. Texas Southern - At 13-19, the Mustangs are the only sub-.500 team in the field and they will keep the great story going for one more game.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE vs. Xavier - A matchup of two outstanding players in Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year T.J. Warren and unanimous All-Big East pick Semaj Christon.
IOWA vs. Tennessee - The Hawkeyes will be so glad not to face another Big Ten team that their offense will return.
(1) FLORIDA vs. (16) Mount St. Mary’s - The Gators start their run with a defensive gem.
(9) PITTSBURGH vs. (8) Colorado - The Panthers have started playing well and Talib Zanna’s rebounding has been the key.
(5) VCU vs. (12) Stephen F. Austin - The Rams created enough havoc to reach the Atlantic 10 title game and they will end the Lumberjacks’ 28-game winning streak.
(13) TULSA vs. (4) Ucla - This is Danny Manning’s first tournament as a head coach and he should be able to give a great pregame speech about his last as a player when he led Kansas to the title in 1988.
(6) OHIO STATE vs. Dayton - A game a lot of people in the Buckeye State have wanted to see during the regular season should be a win for OSU.
(3) SYRACUSE vs. (14) Western Michigan - The Orange might not get back to the way they were when they were 25-0, but the zone should be a problem for the Broncos.