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March Madness! How are your brackets doing?

Posted on: March 26, 2009 3:37 pm

Wow. I can't believe it has been more than a month since I last put finger to keyboard to post a blog. After the Daytona 500, all my energy has been focused on college basketball for the most part.

With our Bubble Watch feature I correctly pegged 64 of the 65 teams in the NCAA tournament field. I included San Diego State and left out Arizona. I had Arizona as one of the last two out along with St. Mary's.

So then it was on to making bracket predictions.

On my "expert" bracket posted on the site, I picked a Lousville-UNC final with the Cardinals taking the championship. I'm the only one of our "experts" that didn't choose UNC as the champion. Overall that bracket has taken quite a beating, though seven of my Elite 8 are still alive and all my Final Four teams remain intact.

But I'm a man of many brackets, and because I'm not sold entirely Louisville, I have UNC as champion in one of my brackets and UConn in another. I think the champion will come from among those three teams.

I'm not sold on Pitt, but I think that's due in large part because they've failed me in the past. That backfired on me last year when I strayed away from Memphis and Kansas because of past tourney transgressions. We'll see if it hurts me again.

There are some commonalties among all my brackets.

1. Louisville and Pitt were the two teams that I had in the Final Four of all my brackets.

2. In addition to Louisville and Pitt, I had UConn, UNC, Gonzaga, Syracuse and Oklahoma reaching the Sweet 16 in all my brackets.

3. In the West I generally had UConn or Memphis reaching the Final Four and in the South either UNC or Oklahoma

The biggest mistake -- up to this point at least -- that I made in all my brackets:

1. I didn't have Villanova or Michigan State making it out of the second round of any of my brackets. 


Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2009 7:16 pm

March Madness! How are your brackets doing?

Gotta sympathize with you on the last point.... I didn't have Michigan State making it past the 2nd round either!  Now they are playing for the title tomorrow night?  Wow, I'm surprised/impressed/shocked to see the difference in their team from the one I saw get destroyed back in December.

Of course, like most, North Carolina is my saving grace for my bracket.  Louisville disappointed me there against MSU.  I did have Villanova losing to Pitt in that regional final, but only UNC fit into my final four picks.  I'm usually kinda conservative as far as upsets go anyway, so I did better this year compared to other years.  Just seemed like one of those years where you knew the major conferences were gonna have a more dominant year over the others... and this time it happened.

I want to say UNC is a lock for tomorrow night, but that it'll be close for the first 30-35 minutes.  Now that I'm putting this into print, I can't take it back.  We will see if I have to eat crow in about 28 hours!

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2009 10:29 am

March Madness! How are your brackets doing?

Yeah, I'm in one where I'll finish second if UNC wins out too and I'll finish no worse than fourth.

Of course, I'm in another large pool where I'll finish second from the bottom. And don't even look at my Expert Picks bracket. We're just going to pretend that never happened.

Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2009 6:16 pm

March Madness! How are your brackets doing?

North Carolina is my ticket to a second place finish if they win out.This is my best hope as I have two other brackets that lead nowwhere at this point.This was a good tournament with a lot of close games that unfortunitly did not go my way. 


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