The NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball Tournament started on Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio and there have already been some upsets.
Needless to say when the tourney hits full speed today, there will be many bracket busters.
When filling out a bracket, you’re normally better off to pick few upsets in the opening or, technically the, second round. Because once you do that and pick a certain team to pull off a surprise and win a game or two and it doesn’t happen, your bracket may be ruined.
If you want to do really well, check my picks at the bottom of this column and go opposite because I never seem to get over 24 right in the Thursday and Friday picks.
I had almost decided to go with the favored picks and did at the end only pick a couple of four mild upsets.
Look for No. 9-seeds Pittsburgh and Oklahoma State to knock off No. 8s Colorado and Gonzaga, respectively.
Two more upsets came from teams who won first-round games in Dayton.
North Carolina State knocked off Xavier in a 12-seed battle on Tuesday and is my pick to defeat Saint Louis.
Also, I like (even though the game was last night) Tennessee to upend Iowa in a 11-seed game with the Big Orange taking down No. 6-seed Massachusetts on Friday in Raleigh.
In the Sweet 16, look for Florida, UCLA, Syracuse and Kansas to advance in the South; Virginia, Michigan State, North Carolina (knocking out Iowa State) and Connecticut (upsetting Villanova) to go ahead in the East; Arizona, Oklahoma (slight upset over San Diego State), Baylor (taking down Creighton) and Wisconsin in the West; and Kentucky (yes over Wichita State), Louisville, Duke and Michigan in the Midwest.
After that, make it Florida, Kansas, Michigan State, North Carolina, Arizona, Baylor, Louisville and Duke in the Elite Eight and Kansas, Michigan State, Arizona and Duke in the Final Four.
Michigan State holds off Kansas while Arizona eliminates Duke the Wildcats from Tucson wearing the national championship hat in Big D.
Remember, go opposite this sports editor and your chances have improved greatly.
• In the Women’s Final Four, look for Connecticut, Stanford, Notre Dame and Louisville to advance with Connecticut upending North Dame at the title tilt in the Music City.
• The crystal ball likes Louisville Trinity to claim the Boys’ Sweet 16 in Rupp Arena.