Bracketology

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

Runners-Up: Kansas

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

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2010 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

Yesterday, Sunday March 14, was Selection Sunday, when the 65-team field is announced for the NCAA college basketball tournament.  Here’s a recap of the Virginia/D.C./Maryland teams:

School (Seed/Region)

Georgetown (3rd/Midwest):  The Hoyas will play Ohio in the opening round.  They were ranked #22 in both the AP and coaches poll after finishing 23-10 (10-8 Big East).  The Hoyas have been coached by John Thompson III since the 2004-2005 season.  He is the son of John Thomspon Jr., the first African American head coach to win a major collegiate championship when his Georgetown Hoyas won the NCAA Men’s Division-I Basketball Championship in 1984.  Georgetown lost to West Virginia in the final of the Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Maryland (4th/Midwest):  The Terrapins will play Houston in the opening round.  They were ranked #19 in both the AP and coaches poll after finishing 23-8 (13-3 in the ACC).  The Terps are led by senior guard Greivis Vasquez, averaging around 20 points and 6 assists per game.  Vasquez is a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the country’s best point guard.  Maryland lost in the quarterfinal of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament to Georgia Tech.

Richmond (7th/South):  The Spiders play St. Mary’s in the opening round.  They head into the tournament unranked, finishing 26-8 (13-3 A10).  Richmond lost to Temple in the final of the Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Old Dominion (11th/South):  The Monarchs play Notre Dame in the opening round.  They head into the tournament unranked, finishing 26-8 (15-3 CAA).  Old Dominion won an automatic berth by winning their 2nd Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Championship.

Morgan State (15th/East):  The Bears play West Virginia in the opening round.  They head into the tournament unranked, finishing 27-9 (15-1 MEAC).  Morgan State won an automatic berth by winning their 5th Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship.

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