Well, here it is. March Madness. The NCAA Tournament of 2012. And my fourth year of posting my picks to win the whole enchilada. As you probably know by now, I stand absolutely no chance of picking the actual winners, so as always, I strongly advise you against betting my picks. You’ve been warned.
Alrighty, here we go:
South Region. Maybe the toughest region of the tourney, and possibly the toughest to predict. A lot of games could go either way. The odds are in Kentucky’s favor, and they’re my pick to reach the Final Four, but I’ll still be rooting hard for Baylor. Sic ‘Em!
West Region. This is probably the most interesting region. The “experts” are bullish on Iona to be the Cinderella team of the year. I don’t really know anything about them, but I like the band, so I’m going with them to reach the Sweet 16. Memphis probably has the greatest upset potential, but I still think it’ll come down to Michigan State and Mizzou for the Final Four, and I’m taking the Tigers to beat Sparty.
East Region. Another wild card of a region. I’m taking a lot of risks with my picks, expecting K-State to knock off Syracuse, and Florida State to knock off both the Buckeyes and Wildcats to reach the Final Four. If I’m right on even half of these picks, I’ll be really impressed.
Midwest Region. No. 1 seed North Carolina is vulnerable, but I played it safe overall with my picks. I still think Kansas should’ve been the top seed, and I’m picking them to upset the Tar Heels to reach the Final Four.
Finals. So my Final Four are Kentucky (1), Mizzou (2), Florida State (3), and Kansas (2). Although it may seem risky to pick Mizzou to upset Kentucky and Florida State to upset Kansas, all the teams are seeded pretty high, and all had really strong seasons. I think of the four, though, Kansas may be the most vulnerable and Kentucky is probably right behind them, setting up a championship game between the Tigers and Noles. Both are really good teams, but my gut tells me that Florida State will want it more.
Here are the rest of my picks. Click to enlarge.