With no rooting interest or teams to follow, this year’s bracket picks should be much improved. Right? RIGHT?
We’re going against the usual form and trying to avoid personal bias as much as possible. This means not overestimated Big 10 and Missouri Valley teams and not picking upsets for teams or coaches we despise. Also, we didn’t spend hours doing statistical analysis this year, instead we went by teams we’ve seen and the general absorbed commentary of the talking heads.
So here’s a Sweet Sixteen, with Final Four picks italicized:
South: Kentucky, Wichita State, UNLV, Duke
West: Michigan State, New Mexico, Murray State, Missouri
East: Kansas State, Vanderbilt, Florida State, Ohio State
Midwest: North Carolina, Michigan, San Diego State, Kansas
A few surprise and upset entries, but nothing to outrageous. Let’s see what happens.