Champion: Louisville over Michigan State
FF: Kansas, MSU, Arizona, Louisville -- I think MSU and Louisville are playing as good as anyone in the nation right now, and I think Kansas still has enough talent - and maybe a big enough spotlight now - to do damage in their region.
Best Mascot: Lumberjacks because... lumberjacks.
Candystripes for Breakfast
Final Four: MSU, Florida, Louisville, Arizona
Other random nonsense: Every year, I fill out a bracket by flipping a coin for every game. Heads means the higher seed advances, tails the lower. This year, flipping a coin tells me that Virginia will beat Wichita State in the national championship game, and Florida will be upset in the first round.
Champion: Arizona over Michigan State
Champion: Florida over Creighton
Champion: Florida over Louisville
Stupid Ignorance of Imminent Upset: See above.
Champion: MSU over Texas
Final Four: MSU, Texas, Florida, Wisconsin
Teams to Cheer For: Sigh...I'd say MSU, but we're pretty much hosed thanks to every expert and their mother picking us to win. Get off my bandwagon.
Teams to Cheer Against: UCLA, because they're a somewhat trendy pick I don't believe in that's about to [REDACTED] themselves out in the first weekend. Kentucky, but less about Calipari than so I can track down the 40-0 crowd and dispense a few more razzings. And Duke because obviously.
Best Mascot: I don't mean to put anyone on blast, but Jesse missed the mark here. Three words: Coastal. Carolina. CHANTICLEERS. That's a fighting rooster, folks, with turquoise as their primary color, no less. Unfortunately, they probably won't score 30 against Virginia in the first round, so they'll quickly pass into the annals of history. Honorable mention to the St. Louis Billikens.
Why My Bracket Is Already Doomed: Texas in the final is a stretch and I know it, but nothing ventured, nothing gained. Do I know perfectly well that they are likely to be this year's Georgetown (early, embarrssing flameout which ruins my bracket)? Yes, yes I do. Picked 'em anyway. I'm also sending UConn and New Mexico to the Elite Eight, though I think those are more defensible, as Napier and Boatright are as good a guard combo as you'll see, and New Mexico's triumvirate of Kendall Williams, Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk are a lot of fun to watch.
Florida, MSU, Zona, Louisville
These are the well-known picks. Florida is strong across the board – Why pick against them? MSU is as talented as anyone in the tourney and playing well. Zona has the easiest bracket and you could see them matching up nicely against unathletic Creighton/Wisconsin teams. Louisville did it once, they can do it again, the team plays well together…
I think the #Cornmageddeon matchup would be awesome to see.
Don’t pick Georgetown. Just don’t.