If you haven’t done so already, I suggest you listen to my podcast (Right Click – Save Target As) preview of the NCAA Tournament right now. But just to hold myself accountable, I’ve posted my picks below, along with some quick thoughts on each region.
The Favorite: Louisville
Best First Round Game: Boston College/USC
Possible upset: Arizona over Utah and Wake Forest
Sleeper: West Virginia
My Pick: Louisville over Michigan State
Fun Fact: They’re short, they’re mostly white and they have really bad haircuts, but the North Dakota State Bison might just be the best story in the whole tournament, after qualifying in their first year of eligibility. They’re also just a 10 point dog against Kansas in the opener, which I find a bit strange. Watch out Jayhawks.
The Favorite: Connecticut
Best First Round Game: Marquette/Utah State
Possible upset: Washington over UConn in the Sweet 16
My Pick: Memphis over UConn
Fun Fact: Under/Over on the combined amount of current players to graduate from UConn, Maryland and Cal State Northridge: 4.5
The Favorite: Pittsburgh
Best First Round Game: UCLA/VCU
Possible upset: Binghamton over Duke
Sleeper: Florida State
My Pick: Pitt over UCLA
Fun Fact: Tony Kornheiser's alma mater (Binghamton) is filled with guys you wouldn’t want to meet in a back alley, which could scare a prissy team like Duke.
The Favorite: UNC
Best First Round Game: Arizona State/Temple
Possible upset: Michigan over Oklahoma in round two
Sleeper: Arizona State
My Pick: UNC over Arizona State
Fun Fact: Arizona State may catch UNC just as the Tar Heels start to notice symptoms from the STD’s they contract from the ladies of Radford University during the opening weekend of the tournament. That could spell doom for Tyler Hansbrough and Co.
Louisville over Memphis
UNC over Pitt
Louisville over UNC 74-67