I’ve got 11 out of 16, but that shouldn’t count for much since I think just picking the favorites across the board gets 12 out of 16, which is sort of sad for all of us I guess.
West: Zags, WV, Zona
Midwest: Kansas, Purdue, Oregon
South: Kentucky, UCLA, Butler, NC
The thing that is crazy to me every year is how many “upsets” in the first round would not have really have been upsets in the preseason. I’ve used that as a filter on my pools and it seems to works pretty consistently. Wisconsin was ranked 9, Xavier 7, Rhode Island 23 in the preseason. Basically three top 25 teams to start the season that were seeded really low in the brackets because they had pretty underwhelming regular seasons. Those teams probably pulled the three biggest “upsets” in the tourney, which just sort of goes back to talent at the end of the day and who was expected to be there early on. Then again, Duke was ranked number 1 to start the year, so take that for what it’s worth.
Definitely ready for some good hoops tomorrow. Should be interesting to see how the Zags do with the WV press.