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After hours and hours of changing my picks, I have finally come up with my final bracket for the 2013 NCAA March Madness tournament.
I still don’t feel comfortable.
I did my research and analyzed many expert brackets to help me in my selection process, but what I deciphered from it all is this; this year’s tournament is WIDE OPEN.
There is no proverbial favorite like there was last year, when everyone and their grandmother was riding the Kentucky Wildcats bandwagon, and rightfully so.
I played it relatively safe with my picks, going with one #1 seed (Louisville), two #2 (Ohio State and Miami)) and one #3 (Florida).
I like the Louisville Cardinals to win it all, for now anyways. They’re currently riding a ten-game winning streak, with six of those wins coming against teams in the field of 68. The Cardinals have only lost once since January 27. They have tremendous coaching in Rick Pitino, and arguably the best defensive team in the entire tournament. I’ll take my chances and hold out for the best with Louisville.
History is also on my side, as since 1985 (when the tournament expanded to 64 teams), 62% of the National Champions have been #1 seeds. 41% of the runners-up were also seeded #1.
My biggest Cinderella team comes in the form of #11 Bucknell, who I have advancing to the Sweet Sixteen. The Bison have won seven-straight and 12 of their last 13 games. I’m not completely sold on #6 Butler or #3 Marquette, who they would meet in the round of 32. Everyone loves an underdog, so if you’re looking for a bracket buster, perhaps the Bucknell Bison can be your surprise pick, as they are for me.
Other Noticeable Predictions: #1 Gonzaga losing to #4 Kansas State in Sweet Sixteen, #11 Belmont upsets #6 Arizona, #12 Ole Miss upsets #5 Wisconsin
Sir Charles In Charge Editor Christopher Walder Final Four Picks
#1 LOUISVILLE CARDINALS, #2 OHIO STATE BUCKEYES, #3 FLORIDA GATORS, #2 MIAMI HURRICANES
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