Skip to main content

Bracket Racket 3.0 has your NCAA winner

The new-look NCAA tournament begins tonight with two games, but the same rules apply when predicting the champion -- follow my Bracket Racket for the winner of the national championship.

I've picked winners in the past using this formula, so there's a good chance it'll be right again this year. Especially with the upgrades I've installed to cope with a 68-team field handed to us by the NCAA.

Hopefully they don't go to a 96-team field. I'm not sure my computer can handle more changes.

As an added bonus, if you have the right channels on your cable tiers, you can watch all the games. That's pretty cool, unless you own a business and want your employees to be productive.

Now, on to the picks.


First, eliminate all No. 16 seeds. This is a tried-and-true formula. It especially holds true since no No. 16 seed has ever won a game. That eliminates Boston U., Hampton, and the two schools that emerge to face Ohio State and Pitt after the first-round games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Capital letters spell a loss. It might be easier to refer to University of Nevada Las Vegas as UNLV, but it doesn't make it any easier for these schools to emerge as your national champion. Get out your pen and cross off WVU, UAB, UNC, LIU, UNLV, USC, VCU, UCLA, BYU and UCSB from your sheet.

Bye George, I think they'll lose. Eliminate schools with George in their name. So long, George Mason, Georgia and Georgetown.


They play basketball there? If you rarely hear of a basketball program, then they won't be a serious contender. That means no respect for Morehead State, St. Peter's, Belmont (although they could give Wisconsin trouble) and Wofford.


The Catch-22 bubble. Teams with 22 or fewer wins can't cut the nets. Say bye to Villanova, Marquette, Indiana State, Clemson, Michigan, Tennessee, Penn State, Northern Colorado, Illinois, Florida State, St. John's and Michigan State. We're not eliminating Kansas State just yet, they get a lifeline.

Time to get real. There's no way any team seeded No. 9 or lower wins this tournament. You can cheer for an upset or two -- and that really is what can make the tournament exciting -- but those Cinderella runs never include raising the trophy. We can confidently cross off Princeton, Memphis, Oakland, Missouri, Bucknell, Richmond, Akron, Old Dominion, Utah State and Gonzaga.

What do we have left? The Terrific Twenty-two. It's pretty elite company, just not enough to be called the Elite Eight. From those remaining 22, we can reduce it even further by eliminating UConn (five wins in five days was nice, but they're out of energy for a title run), San Diego State (they're not for real), Temple (Time to get real), Vanderbilt (Time to get real) and Butler (last year was nice, but don't expect it to happen again).

Big East will experience a big letdown. Sorry, 11 bids and no champions this year. Cross off Syracuse, Cincinnati, Louisville, Notre Dame and Pitt.

We're down to the Tremendous Twelve. It's nice, but some teams still don't fit. I'm talking Xavier, Washington, Texas A&M, Wisconsin (33 points against Penn State!) and Purdue.

Simply Seven remain. Here they are: Ohio State, Kentucky, Duke, Arizona, Kansas, Kansas State and Florida.

Here are the four that emerge from their region: Ohio State (East), Duke (West), Kansas (Southwest) and Kansas State (Southeast). It's quite fitting that Pitt is the only No. 1 seed that doesn't make the national semifinals.

We'll see an Ohio State-Kansas championship with the Jayhawks celebrating at the end.

Good luck and happy picking.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Scary news from Antwaan Randle El

Embed from Getty Images

Every Steelers fan knows Antwaan Randle El.

His pass in Super Bowl XL helped clinch the Steelers' fifth Lombardi.

Now people might know Randle El for another reason: He's having trouble remembering things and having trouble walking down stairs.

The Post-Gazette's story was a grabber, with Randle El saying he wouldn't play football if he could do it over again.

Here's a quote:

The kids are getting bigger and faster, so the concussions, the severe spinal cord injuries, are only going to get worse. It’s a tough pill to swallow because I love the game of football. But I tell parents, you can have the right helmet, the perfect pads on, and still end up with a paraplegic kid. There’s no correcting it. There’s no helmet that’s going to correct it. There’s no teaching that’s going to correct it. It just comes down to it’s a physically violent game. Football players are in a car wreck every week.
He played football for nine seasons. Now he worries ab…

Baseball and poker similar in how action unfolds

The game of poker has received a bad rap for years for being too boring. Due to longperiods of inactivity in a game, players tend to tune out of the game. The funny thing
is, Baseball is also one that many of these same people happen to like even though
sometimes it also has has similar long periods of inactivity, even if those long periods are
not shown on TV.

In big poker tournaments, such as the highlights we see in the World Series of Poker, has
skewed the reality of how long of a process that the game can really be. Sometimes even
in baseball, during the World Series there are long period of innings where there isn’t
much going on, like in poker except one person raising and others folding.

That can change quickly and sometimes just as dramatically as a big solo shot homer. A
player can make a raise, followed by a three-bet from another player. The original raiser
then moves all-in and gets called. Now, all the people watching the event are on their
feet cheering and screaming fo…