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I can’t get enough college basketball right now. Spent all day watching it and I want more now. Sunday is a very special day for UMass fans especially, as their team will undoubtably be called for the first time in 16 years. The only question is, what seed?
So here’s the deal – Joe Lunardi of ESPN and Jerry Palm of CBSSports are the big shots when it comes to “bracketology.” Basically they have inside of information and know who’s getting and who isn’t. Last year Lunardi picked 67 of 68 teams, while Palm got 66 right.
This year, Turtleboy Sports gets 68 of 68 right and complete revolutionizes the bracketology game. There’s only five games that will be played tomorrow – Virginia/Duke, Kentucky/Florida, Michigan State/Michigan, VCU/St. Joe’s, Michigan State/Michigan, Georgia State/LA Lafayette. The outcomes of a few of those games will slightly affect the bracket, but we got a pretty good idea of how it’s going to turn out. We’re going to base our picks on if the favorites for those games win. The Virginia-Duke game is irrelevant. The winner is a one seed, the loser is a two. For the other games we’ll base the bracket on Michigan, Georgia State, Florida, and VCU winning. Here’s what the field is going to look like.
1 seeds: Florida, Wichita State, Arizona, Virginia/Duke winner
2 seeds: Louisville, Michigan, Virginia/Duke loser, Villanova
3 seeds: Wisconsin, Kansas, Iowa State, Syracuse
4 seeds: San Diego State, UCLA, Michigan State, Cincinnati
5 seeds: VCU, Creighton, New Mexico, North Carolina
6 seeds: Ohio State, UConn, Oklahoma, Kentucky
7 seeds: Memphis, St. Louis, Baylor, Texas
8 seeds: Oregon, St. Joe’s, Oklahoma State, George Washington
9 seeds: Colorado, UMass, Stanford, Pittsburgh
10 seeds: Gonzaga, Providence, Kansas State, Arizona State
11 Seeds: Xavier, Nebraska, Tennessee, play-in game: Southern Methodist vs. BYU
12 Seeds: Stephen F. Austin, Harvard, North Dakota State, play-in game: Southern Mississippi vs. Dayton
13 Seeds: Western Michigan, Tulsa, Manhattan, Delaware
14 Seeds: New Mexico State, Georgia State, NCCU, Mercer
15 Seeds: Eastern Kentucky, American, Milwaukee, Weber State
16 Seeds: Coastal Carolina, Wofford, play-in games: Mt. St. Mary’s vs. Albany, Texas Southern vs. Cal State Northridge
So that’s it. I’m not gonna bother explaining all of my choices, but this WILL be the 68 teams that get in tomorrow. The only things that could POSSIBLY change tomorrow are if Kentucky upsets Florida and/or Michigan State pulls a fast one on Michigan. If MSU wins they switch places with Wisconsin. If Kentucky wins they switch places with North Carolina. If St. Joe’s pulls the upset they stay at the eight seed.
UMass being a nine seed is a bummer, but it’s a reality. They didn’t make the final four of the A-10. George Washington and St. Joe’s did, and St. Joe’s looked DOMINANT against the Bonnies. And there’s no difference between an eight and a nine.
The reality of my bracket is that it’s pretty similar to Lundardi and Palm’s. As of right now those two picked the same exact 68 teams. I got rid of Iowa, who has been absolutely atrocious and lost in the first round of the Big 10 tournament to the mighty Northwestern. Every year there’s a surprising team that’s left out. This year it’s Iowa, a team that beat Ohio State and Michigan. The committee looks closely at recent games though. We added Southern Mississippi, who won the Conference USA regular season title, but lost in the conference tournament.
How hot will these takes be tomorrow. Tune into CBS at 6 PM tomorrow to find out exactly.
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