Let the Madness Begin
Once again March is upon us and it is time for the most exciting and unpredictable couple of weeks in all of sports. March Madness never seems to disappoint when it comes to the elements of surprise and the Cinderella story that we all long for. The bracket has been set and there are some early favorites and a hand full of snubs.
The obvious front-runners to win it all are always either the #1 or #2 seeded teams. This year those seeds are STACKED! With the Kentucky Wildcats getting the overall top seed in the bracket it is hard to bet against them…but I’ll find a way. Rounding out the rest of the #1 seeds is the always dangerous North Carolina Tar Heels, (my pick to win it), the Jim Boeheim lead Syracuse Orangemen and the perennially unnoticed but forever successful Michigan State Spartans.
This might be one of the best group of #1 seeds in the history of March Madness. We also might be looking at the most impressive group of #2’s in recent memory. In any other season all 4 #2 seeds could have been a #1. Duke is always an early favorite to win and besides an embarrassing loss to my Tar Heels and a couple of losses to a very good Florida State team I would say that the Blue Devils had a great season. As for the other 3 #2 seeds both Kansas and Ohio State always seem to make noise in “The Big Dance” and Missouri has had an unbelievable 30 win season in a very competitive Big 12 this year. All 8 of these teams are potential candidates to win it all…but the thing I love most about this tournament is that so are the other 60 teams.
There is nothing that a sports fan loves more than a really good Cinderella story (i.e. Jeremy Lin and last year’s VCU). Everyone wants to be the person who can predict the Cinderella story before it happens but the truth is that there is no educated way of guessing it…it’s pure luck. Anyone who wants to tell me they knew what Virginia Commonwealth was going to do last year can shove it because there is no way you could. There are a few teams that I can see moving farther than their seed would suggest.
Maybe I am still riding the Jeremy Lin bandwagon but I feel that Tommy Amaker’s 12th seeded Harvard Crimson can upset the 5th seeded Vanderbilt Commodores. North Carolina State, sitting at an 11th seed, has an extremely good chance of upsetting San Diego State. My final underdog team to rattle the brackets will be Murray State. Murray State, although being a 6 seed, had a 30 win season and has one of the deepest teams in the whole tournament. I can see them not only beating the #11 seed Colorado State in the first round, but upsetting the #3 seeded Marquette in round of 32 is not out of the question either. If that happens then the possibility of them beating the #2 seeded Missouri wouldn’t seem so outrageous.
All I know is that March Madness is here and there will be an underdog story that we can all buy into and claim that we knew it before it happened. Thursday can’t come soon enough and I hope you all enjoy the ride. Let me hear your thoughts on who will win and any upsets you might be able to predict.
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