For the first time in a long time, I don’t have a No. 1 seed winning the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. And considering how poorly I’ve performed in recent bracket pools, a change of pace might be a good thing.
I’m not a hardcore college basketball fan, but I definitely watch my fair share of games. That’s life when your schedule often includes Mondays off.
And the best team that I saw this year was Missouri. I love their guards. I love their experience. I love their style of play. And I loved the Big 12 Conference this year.
Yeah, maybe the Tigers don’t have a lot of depth. But that’s more of a regular-season problem than a tournament problem. At most, they’ll play two games per week from here on out. I can live with that.
So I’ve got a No. 2 seed winning the whole thing, beating a No. 1 seed in North Carolina in the championship. My other Final Four teams are No. 2 seed Ohio State and No. 1 seed Kentucky.
Here are a few other surprises:
- I’ve got No. 8 seed Memphis upsetting No. 1 Michigan State on its way to the Elite Eight. Probably my biggest “out on a limb” pick.
- One Sweet 16 party crasher I have is No. 13 Montana, with wins against No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 5 Vanderbilt. Montana has enjoyed an impressive season. I’m not a big fan of the Badgers this year, and I don’t know what to make of Vandy. Too inconsistent for my blood.
And finally, I leave you with a couple of videos.
First (and you’ll have to click on the link), a hilarious “Funny or Die” video from a year ago, with an impersonator of broadcaster Gus Johnson calling great moments in history. Secondly, one of my great first-round upset picks of all time, with No. 14 Northwestern State stunning No. 3 Iowa a few years ago. I lost it when NW State hits the last-second 3-pointer.