Today is the first day of the best weekend in sports! Better than the Super Bowl or the NCAA Football National Championship! The first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament starts today on Thursday and goes through Sunday. This is March Madness at it’s finest with 16 games on Thursday and 16 on Friday, starting at 12 noon and wrapping up at midnight.
Everyone in America — sports fans, non-sports fans, gamblers, kids and employees all get in on the action by creating a bracket that selects an eventual winner that is led by school allegiance, color, the eye test, or just plain ole heart and belief that your team will win. I wonder how productive America is today. Many folks like myself have decided to make today and tomorrow a holiday and find a location with good food, beer, and a wall of TV’s to binge watch all of the games!
This year should be a great tournament. The parity in college basketball this year has been at an all-time high. With that said, I do believe that several team stand out!
Here is where I see possible upsets in the first round:
#13 Hawaii v. #4 Cal
Cal’s 6’6 point guard broke his off-hand (right) in practice over the week and therefore Cal could be ripe for an upset! Hawaii has done an exceptional job this year and they play great defense. Cal should win this game because of their talent level, however, I expect Hawaii to pull an upset!
#11 Wichita State v. #6 Arizona
This has upset written all over it! I have great respect for Sean Miller, coach at Arizona, however, I believe that Wichita State’s Fred Van Fleet and Ron Baker will have a deep run in their last tournament appearance.
#11 Gonzaga v. #6 Seton Hall
Fresh off the Big East Championship for the Pirates, I think they received a bad draw here. Yes, Gonzaga did not have the year that we are accustomed to seeing every year. They struggled to get in this year, but now that they’re in, I expect them to make some noise. This could screw up a couple of brackets.
This was so hard not to pick with my heart — UNC Tar Heels. It was hard to select an eventual winner, but there were several teams that stood out — Indiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Michigan State, UNC, and Virginia. The team that I believe many people pinned their hopes on to win it along with me is: