As your filling out your bracket, you probably know that this year will have many upsets. The question is how many potential upsets to choose and how to tell which matchups could produce upsets. Well let me take you through a few of my upsets to help you out.In the East I think Xavier will be the representitive in the Final Four. Xavier. Now when i think of Xavier the name Tu comes to mind. The guy is amazing. I think that Xavier will easily defeat Marquette, and since their offense is disruptive against zone I think they will defeat Syracuse. Now here's another surprise. Instead of then meeting UNC, I think it will be Washington that plays them in the Elite Eight. Washington is a great team, and if they had performed as good as they are I think they would have gotten at least a 5 seed, because that is how good they are. They have an extremely talented guard (I have been a big fan of Isiah Thomas and hope he does well in the NBA) UNC is getting off a bad game, and I think they may underestimate the Huskies (as many teams before them have. Remember how they upset a 3 seed last year when they were only an eleven seed? I called that one too.) So I think they will reach the Sweet Sixteen, where they will have a hard-fought game with the great team that is Xavier. Both teams have excellent guards, so I think it will be a lot of fun too watch, but ultimately i think Xavier will win and move on to play Ohio State in the Elite Eight, and take them down.
Now moving to the West, I think that there is a potential 4-13 upset in this region. Oakland is seriously under-ranked. They play very well, and the only problem that they potentially could have is that they foul a lot. And that would bee very bad against Texas. But if they can keep fouling under control i think they have a good shot at winning, and are worth putting down because if they do win it will do you a lot of good in your bracket pool because not very many people are picking this upset because Oakland is so low-seeded. But remember, Vandy got shocked last year by Dayton, and that was a 4-13 game, and there really is not any incredible team in this tournament. There are some very good teams, but I don't think that Texas is one of those. There are a few minor upsets that I have here also but I won't go into those, and ultimately i think that since Duke is getting Kyrie Irving back they will at least get to the Elite Eight, and I think they'll upset Ohio State in the Final Four and make it to the Championship game.
So now you have the left side of my bracket. Now we so to the Southwest. There is only one big upset that I have here, and that is Richmond besting Vandy in the 5-12 matchup. I don't really trust Vandy in the tournament, after, as I touched on earlier, they lost to Dayton last year. I know that they came close to beating the Gators once or twice, but then the Gators ended up beating them by a decent amount. I think this could be a challenging game for Vanderbilt so that's why I have Richmond beating them. I have KU reaching the Final Four here and eventually winning the title.
Okay so I have had some upsets that are kind of shocking, but now it's time for the potentially weakest region in the bracet, the Southeast. With a one seed that has been ranked a 1 multiple times but never reached the Final Four in the history of this tournament, a 3 seed that has a player suspended and likely not returning (I still don't know if he will or not, but plan on him not because that school is very strict on that kind of stuff.) And my own Florida Gators (though you have to admit they've done very good this year) coming off a hard loss to Kentucky, it looks like great grounds for a whole bunch of upsets. First Round (well I guess it's the Second Round now) I only have one upset actually, which is Mich. St. which then gets fed to the Gators. But the Third round is where the fun starts. St. John's tops BYU, and then in the next round Wisconsin or Kansas State (take your pick) topples the Pitt Panthers, reaching the Elite Eight, and then losing to Florida who is my last team in the Final Four.
So my Elite Eight is- Ohio State, Xavier, Duke, San Diego State, Kansas, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, FloridaMy Final Four, Xavier, Duke, Kansas, FloridaMy Championship game, Duke, KansasMY Champion, Kansas