Celebrity Brackets: LL Cool J, Olsen battle for celebrity crown

By J. Darin Darst | CBSSports.com Staff

LL Cool J and Eric Christian Olsen co-star on CBS' hit drama NCIS: Los Angeles. (Getty)
LL Cool J and Eric Christian Olsen co-star on CBS' hit drama NCIS: Los Angeles. (Getty)

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It's basically come down to two -- LL Cool J and Eric Christian Olsen.

The NCIS: Los Angeles cast mates are in first and second place in the CBSSports.com Celebrity Bracket Challenge, heading into the final weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

Celebrity Brackets Standings
LL Cool J8143-17Kentucky
Eric Christian Olsen7640-20Florida
Bill Cowher7337-23Florida
Brian Dietzen7336-24Florida
Florida Georgia Line7343-17Mich. State
Reno Wilson7338-22Florida
Rich Gannon7341-19Louisville

Since no celebrity has Connecticut or Wisconsin winning it all, it's a showdown between the two stars.

LL Cool J, who stars as Senior Special Agent Sam Hanna on the CBS hit drama, has gone 43-17 with 81 points. He missed on Michigan State and Arizona in the Final Four, but is title game is still alive, picking Kentucky to beat Florida in the title game.

Olsen, who plays Detective Marty Deeks, picked Florida to beat Louisville. He lost Iowa State, but did correctly select Wisconsin to the reach the Final Four.

"[The Gators] are the most consistent team in the dance," said Olsen. "Street tough, rock solid defense. Michael Frazier can drop 3's like Stephen Curry, and Scottie Wilbekin has the experience to carry the droughts. Sweep the leg Johnny! Sweep the leg!"

Olsen, who is also a big fantasy football fan, loves college basketball and the NCAA Tournament.

"It's passion at its height," said Olsen. "No money, no endorsements, just the love of the game with no guarantees."

Bill Cowher, Brian Dietzen and Reno Wilson all have 73 points and can move into a tie for second place if Florida wins, but if that happens, they will fall short of first place by three points to Olsen.

Rich Gannon also has 73 points, but is eliminated as he picked Louisville to defend its title by beating Michigan State in the championship game.

Country group Florida Georgia Line, which is composed of singers Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, was tied for the lead after the first weekend, but had Michigan State to beat Louisville in the final.

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