2013 NCAA tournament Haiku previews

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

The tourney is tipped / your bracket soon to be toast / just enjoy the games. (USATSI)

There are so, so, so many types of previews for you to rest your eyes upon out there. With that in mind, something simple. Something different. Something not all that original, but fun, nonetheless. A Haiku preview. Haiku, of course, is a form of Japanese poetry that infuses/mandates 17 syllables in a 5/7/5 pattern. The restrictions enable creativity in most. Not necessarily me. I just tried to hack through this in a similar vein as my bracket.

So let's look at the tournament through a Haiku view. Maybe this will help with your picks. Probably not. Either way, here goes.

MIDWEST

Louisville vs. North Carolina A&T: Louisville wins big / Thursday's first after dinner / A few blowouts: fine

Colorado State vs. Missouri: Missouri worried? / Had to wait a year for this / Norfolk State still haunts

Oklahoma State vs. Oregon: Oregon got jobbed / Cowboys boast the best player / Doubt this one is close

Mark Few's team has pressure to make Elite Eight. (USATSI)

Saint Louis vs. New Mexico State: Big-time storyline / Billikens playing for Rick / Look for the big man

Memphis vs. Saint Mary's: Pastner needs win here / Oh, Gaels just wanna have fun / Dellavedova

Michigan State vs. Valparaiso: "Drew for the win: good!" / Now coaches alma mater / But it's Izzo Time

Creighton vs. Cincinnati: Best "O" in the land / A good battle of the Cs / Mick Cronin sweater

Duke vs. Albany: Great Danes a great name / Duke in same spot as last year / Show Mama Curry

WEST

Gonzaga vs. Southern: Zags now have pressure / Long gone are days of cute team / Southern plays good D

Pittsburgh vs. Wichita State: Best 8/9 matchup / No! Carl Hall cut his hair / Pitt an under-seed

Wisconsin vs. Ole Miss: Marshall Henderson / Marshall Henderson again / Marshall Henderson

Kansas State vs. La Salle: K-State so quiet / La Salle last trip: '92 / Doctor in the house

Arizona vs. Belmont: Big upset special / Belmont seeking first Dance win / Sean Miller coachface

New Mexico vs. Harvard: Lobos are legit / Next year Harvard will be sick / Know name: Tony Snell

Notre Dame vs. Iowa State: No Te'o jokes here / Bring back the mock turtleneck / Sneaky good game, this

Ohio State vs. Iona: Iffy on Buckeyes / Lack enough weapons on O / Iona just runs

SOUTH

Kansas vs. Western Kentucky: A snoozer right here / Rock-chalk chant by five-min mark / Olivia Wilde

North Carolina vs. Villanova: Nova an unknown / Heels not suddenly that good / Roy won't face KU

VCU vs. Akron: Zips have no zip now / Alleged pot trafficking / Here comes the Havoc

Pretty much how we feel about today. (USATSI)

Michigan vs. South Dakota State: Naters Gonna Nate / This is a point guard battle / Cheap stock: Wolverines

UCLA vs. Minnesota: Tubby's job on line / Howland not much better, though / To the loser: gone

Florida vs. Northwestern State: KenPom No. 1 / Last time for Northwestern State / Kenny Boynton: boink

San Diego State vs. Oklahoma: Wow is this game yuck/ Worst 7/10 game ever? / Um, Aztecs ... I guess

Georgetown vs. Florida Gulf Coast: Porter POY / Andy Enfield: a hero / Gulf Coast beat The U

EAST

Indiana vs. James Madison: Love teams with full names / No 16s over 1s now / Tom Crean likes clapping

North Carolina State vs. Temple: State, what happened, yo? / Fran Dunphy needs first Dance win / This one has me stumped

UNLV vs. California: How is this one fair? / 12 seed Cal gets San Jose / ANTHONY BENNETT!!!

Syracuse vs. Montana: Which Cuse will we get? / Something amiss with program / Hee hee: Wayne Tinkle

Butler vs. Bucknell: Battle of the Bs / Holla at Mike Muscala / Butler has big flaws

Marquette vs. Davidson: Marquette lacks the stars / My dumb butt has Davidson / I'm awful at things

Illinois vs. Colorado: Sweet 16 sleepers / Which Brandon Paul will we see? / There goes one more 3

Miami vs. Pacific: An old-man special / One coach is retiring / Other: a comeback


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