It’s March Madness. This is the most competitive week of my year. Not because of how much I’m rooting for my team (Duke Blue Devils), or how badly I want my foes (Notre Dame Fighting Irish) to do in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, but because of how perfect I want my brackets to be.
Every year I fill it out the day after Selection Sunday when teams are chosen for the “big dance” and over the next few days I make changes, mold it, shape it, until it is a piece of art. Then the games begin and my friends and I compare our predictions to the final outcomes.
The games start in about an hour and I’m posting my final selections:
National Champion: Kentucky
Final Four: Duke, Syracuse
Elite Eight: Ohio State, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Kansas State
Sweet Sixteen: Maryland, Georgetown, Temple, Marquette, Texas A&M, Villanova, UTEP, Xavier
First Round Winners: Northern Iowa, Michigan State, Tennesse, Georgia Tech, Texas, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Clemson, California, Siena, Baylor, Richmond, Gonzaga, Murray State, Pittsburgh, BYU