We do it every year. A simple, slimmer type of NCAA Tournament preview. A look at the Thursday and Friday games, but with commentary in Haiku form. Haiku, of course, is a form of Japanese poetry that infuses/mandates 17 syllables in a 5/7/5 pattern.
The longer previews can be helpful but cumbersome. Sometimes, things are better left said as briefly as possible. In my case, sometimes even briefer than that. Ah, well. Here it is, the field of 2014, as poetically as I can put it.
Florida (1) vs. Albany (16): Great Danes are small pups / Now or never for seniors / Three straight Elite Eights
Colorado (8) vs. Pittsburgh (9): What a toss-up here / The most boring 8/9 game / Love #rolltad hashtag
VCU (5) vs. Stephen F. Austin (12): Chic upset choice here / We know what the "F" stands for / Rams role reversal
UCLA (4) vs. Tulsa (13): Bruins have such speed / Tulsa, it's been awhile / Logical dark horse?
Ohio State (6) vs. Dayton (11): In-state non-rivals / Ohio State has no O / So it is "Hi State"
Syracuse (3) vs. Western Michigan (14): This one smells funny / Can Orange get back to form? / Return of the MAC?
New Mexico (7) vs. Stanford (10): This is sneaky good / Johnny Dawkins first time here / Beware Cam Bairstow
Kansas (2) vs. Eastern Kentucky (15): EKU: KO / Rock, chalk, Jayhawk, St. Loooou ... is / Embiid back? The Q
Virginia (1) vs. Coastal Carolina (16): You'll ignore this one / Quietest 1 seed ever / Love that pack-line D
Memphis (8) vs. George Washington (9): G-dub undersold / Pastner yet to make 16 / You'll miss on this game
Cincinnati (5) vs. Harvard (12): Ivy always tempts / Why can't Bearcats get respect? / Mick Cronin hates you
Michigan State (4) vs. Delaware (13): "If they are healthy ... " / Keep saying it 'til it's true / "If they are healthy ... "
North Carolina (6) vs. Providence (11): Enigmatic Heels / Ten years since Friars made it / Dangitdaggumgarsh
Iowa State (3) vs. North Carolina Central (2): Love the Mayor, but / Don't let "MEAC" label fool / Will be in doubt late
Connecticut (7) vs. Saint Joseph's (10): The best 7/10 / Ollie, Ollie; Calhoun-free / Grandson: TV star
Villanova (2) vs. Milwaukee (15): Think Wildcats win big / Panthers robbed us of Green Bay / Bracket gods aware
Arizona (1) vs. Weber State (16): Battle of Wildcats / Classic 1/16 trouncing / Aaron Gordon: fly
Gonzaga (8) vs. Oklahoma State (9): Zags stumble in March / Smart: Your final college chance / Markel Brown: OH MY!
Oklahoma (5) vs. North Dakota State (12): It's pronounced "Bye-zin" / This is your 12/5 upset / Lon Kruger could ball
San Diego State (4) vs. New Mexico State (13): Aggies can rumble / Xavier Thames: new X man / Aztecs true sleeper
Baylor (6) vs. Nebraska (11): Tim Miles smiles / Drew due for next Elite Eight? / Huskers the darlings
Creighton (3) vs. UL Lafayette (14): Jays: Best O in hoops / Best nickname matchup out there / From way downtown: bang
Oregon (7) vs. BYU (10): The Ducks could romp this / Cougars missing key scorer / Will be in 80s
Wisconsin (2) vs. American (15): Can we trust Bucky? / Bo Ryan always makes dance / A boring blowout
Wichita State (1) vs. Texas Southern/Cal Poly (16): History been made / History still yet to come / Legendary team
Kentucky (8) vs. Kansas State (9): Cal's kids are angry / K-State is no pushover / Best of the 8/9s
Saint Louis (5) vs. North Carolina State (12): Billikens have slipped / First Four: like a trampoline / Best name: Jordair Jett
Louisville (4) vs. Manhattan (13): Cards will be tested / I lack guts to pick Jaspers / Don't leave us, Russ Smith
Massachusetts (6) vs. Iowa/Tennessee (11): Welcome back, UMass! / Will adjust this for Thursday / Chaz Williams: must-watch
Duke (3) vs. Mercer (14): Bears beat Dunk City / Jabari as Carmelo? / Both slot as three seeds
Texas (7) vs. Arizona State (10): No one knows Texas / Sun Devils a true sleeper / Love these late tip-offs
Michigan (2) vs. Wofford (15): UM can shoot it / Not as good as last year's team / WOFF-ord, not WUFF-urd