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I don't even want to hear any of these asshole coaches (coughsethgreenbergcough) bitch about being snubbed. If you can't build a resume better than a team that lost SEVEN games in the CAA, you've earned your NIT berth. So stick it up your ass.
Initial Thoughts - I have never been more confident than I am about Illinois losing to UNLV. The Illini are a mess. Penn State and Wisconsin set the game of basketball back 100 years on Friday night but FSU/A&M might be worse than that. Vanderbilt is fucking horrendous. It doesn't even matter who they played, I am picking against them. I might be the only person in the world who really wants to see Notre Dame and Purdue play in the 16 round.
Upset Alert - Richmond over Vandy. Book it. The Spiders are solid.
Top 4 seed that won't make it to the second weekend - Louisville although I'm not very confident on that. Morehead State will give them a decent run because Kenneth Faried and his 100 kids can play. I just don't see Kansas, Notre Dame, or Purdue losing in this weak region.
Dark Horse - Purdue, I guess, but that really isn't a bold call.
Going to the Final Four - Notre Dame
Initial Thoughts - I like that Duke has to go out West. Fuck them. This has to be the first year in the last two decades that they actually leave their state. This shapes up to be the region that will bust your bracket...I see a lot of upsets here. Temple/Penn State will probably have a television rating of 0.0. I can't think of two more irrelevant teams than those two.
Upset Alert - Oakland over Texas. The Golden Grizzlies are really good and Rick Barnes really sucks.
Top 4 seed that won't make it to the second weekend - Texas obviously but I would also tread carefully with UConn. Who knows how they come out after that grueling Big East run.
Dark Horse - Cincinnati. A crappy Mizzou team and then maybe a fatigued UConn team?
Going to the Final Four - San Diego State (they barely have to travel)
Initial Thoughts - You know, for being the #1 overall seed, Ohio State got placed into a real bitch of a bracket. This thing looks like a damn gauntlet of power programs. Whoever comes out of this will have earned it. I like the Buckeyes' chances but even a potential Sunday matchup with George Mason has to be terrifying.
Upset Alert - I don't see one in the first round, but I'll call Xavier over Syracuse.
Top 4 seed that won't make it to the second weekend - North Carolina. I didn't like what I saw from them yesterday or all weekend for that matter. They can't continue to get down big and dig their way back.
Dark Horse - Kentucky. Ohio State/UK in the third round? Yes please. Seal's head might explode.
Going to the Final Four - Ohio State.
Initial Thoughts - This is the all overrated region. Pitt is just waiting to choke. Florida is not even close to being a 2 seed. BYU could lose in round 1 if Jimmer is off. Wisconsin can't win on the road. This region blows. I wouldn't be surprised if Butler goes to the Final Four as an 8 seed.
Upset Alert - Belmont over Wisconsin. Lock.
Top 4 seed that won't make it to the second weekend - Ummmmm, 3 of them. I'll pick the ever-annoying Sparty to knock out Florida.
Dark Horse - St. John's. I think they're being hyped too much, but still, this region is horrible.
Going to the Final Four - Kansas State. I picked them to win it all preseason. I ain't no hypocrite.
To recap, I've got Notre Dame, San Diego State, Ohio State, and Kansas State. This is never going to happen and if it does, it will be the worst Final Four ever.
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