I have no clue how Temple could be a No. 5 seed with Notre Dame just one seed line behind and Baylor two seed lines ahead. The Owls won a regular season and a tournament in a conference that has three seeds at No. 7 or better. Also, Cornell is way better than a No. 12 seed. What teams from a league like the Ivy need to do is schedule hard games on the road and win. Cornell did both, yet was treated like just another nice team from the Ivy.
Whatever the complaints, the bracket is the bracket and here goes.
Kansas has been the best team all season. It has the fewest flaws. It is the most obvious pick. Sometimes, obvious is the place to be.
I was planning on picking Villanova to win a game or two until I saw the Wildcats bracket. I think it sets up perfectly for their style of play. I can see them getting back to the Final Four.
Temple has a brutal opener against Cornell. If the Owls can win, and I think it's a big if, they can get on a roll.
Upsets. Siena over wounded Purdue in a 4-13 game. Old Dominion over Notre Dame in a 6-11. Everybody loves Baylor. Which is why I am going with Sam Houston State in a 3-14 major upset. I think San Diego State is live against Tennessee in a 6-11, but I could do without the trip to Providence. Love the fact that Murray State, in Kentucky, and Vanderbilt, in Tennessee, are playing in San Jose. Think Murray State can win a 4-13 game.
Rick Pitino has been waiting 18 years to get another shot at Duke. Watch out for Louisville in the second round over the Blue Devils. The Cardinals surely match up athletically. They have blown a bunch of big leads, but it tells you the talent is there.
In the end, it looks like the Big East and Big 12 will dominate. Don't be surprised if they are the only conferences with teams in the Final Four.
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