I have Florida coming out of the South Region, Michigan State coming out of the East Region, Creighton winning the West and for my big surprise – Louisville taking the Midwest.
I then have Creighton beating Louisville and Michigan State beating Florida. In the championship game, I feel that Michigan State will dominate in size, guard play, and experience over Creighton. I believe that Tom Izzo will add another National Championship on top of his Hall of Fame career.
Now I do have some upsets in my first round that you might find interesting. I think the 12th seed North Dakota State will knock off the 5th seed Oklahoma, and I have the 10th seed BYU beating the 7th seed Oregon. I also predict the 11th seed Dayton Flyers will beat the 6th seed Ohio State. The biggest upset I have in my bracket right now is the 13th seed Tulsa winning over the 4th seed UCLA.
Now I did personally disagree with some of the tournament seeding that was handed out to these teams. For example, how is Louisville a 4th seed? Outside of Florida and Wichita State, I’m not sure if there is a hotter team going into the tournament than Rick Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals. Plus, they are the defending National Champion!
I also thought Michigan State deserved a higher seed based on their Big 10 Tournament run they had. Aside from those few complaints, this was one of their better years at assembling the tournament field.
Check out my Final Four Cheerleaders – if my bracket holds true they will also represent my Final Four Teams.