With the main draw of the NCAA Tournament set to begin, let us look at the field as it stands with 64 teams and get metrical.
As always, a simple and fun preview. A different one from what you’re used to seeing. No videos, no GIFs, just haiku. The syllabic-mandated poetry that is done in 5-7-5 pattern.
You know my March mantra: 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.
As always, here it is, the field of 2017, as poetically as I can put it.
Villanova (1) vs. Mount St. Mary’s (16): Yes, they can repeat / At least the Mount got a dub / Jenkins back on stage
Wisconsin (8) vs. Virginia Tech (9): Buzz is back in dance / Last seen with Marquette, ’13 / Badgers mis-seeded
Virginia (5) vs. UNC Wilmington (12): Not sure this is close / UVa: all-hair 1 seed / Keatts to NC State?
Florida (4) vs. East Tennessee State (13): Gators are speedy / ETSU will throw down / First Dance for Mike White
SMU (6) vs. USC (11): Bet on the Ponies / SC won November tilt / SMU revenge
Baylor (3) vs. New Mexico State (14): Georgia State, ‘15 / Then Yale beat Baylor last year / Scott Drew needs a win
South Carolina (7) vs. Marquette (10): Gamecocks are all D / If Marquette wins, Wojo-Duke / Frank Martin death stare
Duke (2) vs. Troy (15): Duke is back, you know / Did you hear? Duke is so back / Is Duke really back?
Kansas (1) vs. UC Davis (16): Self up for the Hall / UC Davis, I see L / KU my champ pick
Miami (8) vs. Michigan State (9): Coaches met before / Larranaga: George Mason / Remember ’06
Iowa State (5) vs. Nevada (12): Wolf Pack is two words / Monte best point guard in sport / Should be a great game
Purdue (4) vs. Vermont (13): Upset special-ish / UVM = longest win streak / Biggie: POY?
Creighton (6) vs. Rhode Island (11): Horror at Creighton / Point guard/ The “quiet” Hurley
Oregon (3) vs. Iona (14): O down a big dude / Muh-muh-muh my Iona! / Dillon,
Michigan (7) vs. Oklahoma State (10): So, so much offense / From plane scare to Big Ten champs / Must-see first-round game
Louisville (2) vs. Jacksonville State (15): A snoozer right here / But Hats Off to (Ray) Harper / Escort talk coming
North Carolina (1) vs. Texas Southern (16): Heels have wheels, do go / Mike Davis is some story / Justin Jackson: STUD
Arkansas (8) vs. Seton Hall (9): I will take the Hall / Ark an anonymous team / Moses and Angel!
Minnesota (5) vs. Middle Tennessee (12): More bad seeding here / Middle beats Big Ten again / Last year was Sparty
Butler (4) vs. Winthrop (13): Butler owed some good / Winthrop has small dude who rains / Bulldogs hard to pin
Cincinnati (6) vs. Kansas State (11): Got a street fight here / Best Cincy team since Huggins / Did Bruce save his job?
UCLA (3) vs. Kent State (14): More than just Lonzo / NBA flair in college / I’m sorry, Kent State
Dayton (7) vs. Wichita State (10): Love/hate this matchup / People sleeping on Dayton / We have a “Scoochie”
Kentucky (2) vs. Northern Kentucky (15): The Norse: my people! / With UK,/ For all the bourbon
Gonzaga (1) vs. South Dakota State (16): Why the Zaga hate? / Cinderella to baddie / Watch for big Mike Daum
Northwestern (8) vs. Vanderbilt (9): Northwestern? GET OUT! / Finally, this story ends / Oh, hey there, Vandy
Notre Dame (5) vs. Princeton (12): Thursday opener! / Always love a good Ivy / But Dame has the dudes
West Virginia (4) vs. Bucknell (13): Nana/ ’Eers are top-five in KenPom / Bison have
Maryland (6) vs. Xavier (11): Melo the hero / And here is more Bill Murray / Dez Wells played for both
Florida State (3) vs. Florida Gulf Coast (14): Talkin’ ’bout the ’Noles / Nostalgic for Dunk City / Bacon is sizzling
Saint Mary’s (7) vs. VCU (10): Oooh, this looks like fun / More swell Aussies for Mary’s / Both coaches leaving?
Arizona (2) vs. North Dakota (15): Is this the year, Sean? / Sundogs, Nodaks > Fighting Hawks / Read up