As we get into the midst of March, bracket season begins to unfold. And while many of us begin the NCAA tournament with high-minded ambitions for our brackets, we oftentimes find out—sooner or later—that our bracket is headed toward a miserable fate. What a cruel mistress March Madness can be.
But here at the sports section of The Gavel, we'd like to think that we know a little something about the elusive art of bracketology. Then again, sometimes that art is even lost on the likes of experts (I'm looking at you, Dicky V.). Without further ado, here is what our questionably qualified staff members predict:
Duke over Kentucky. Realistically, Kentucky wipes the table clean, but the beauty of sports is that on any given day, anything can happen...unless you're a team like the University of Buffalo.
Give me Okafor and Duke's backcourt against all 8 McDonalds All-Americans any day for one of the greatest match-ups in Final Four history. Duke and Coach K steal one from Calipari, who gets his heart broken for the second straight year...still not enough karma for what he did to UMass and Memphis.
This year is all about Kentucky. Either way there is going to be an unforgettable moment with these Wildcats because A) if they lose, it will likely be one of the biggest shockers in college basketball over the last decade, or B) if they win it all, they'll likely go down as the best team to ever play in the modern era.
Fivethirtyeight.com, a website that runs detailed statistical analyses on sports, says that Kentucky has a 42% chance of bringing a title back to Lexington. That means that the remaining 67 teams have a 58% chance COMBINED. I'll go with the odds on this one.
I picked Wisconsin because I hate Kentucky and Kaminsky is the absolute man. Plus Bo Ryan literally is Bucky Badger.
I struggled with this pick. A part of me really wanted to pick ANY team other than Kentucky (after all, who doesn't like a good underdog story?). But with a flawless record, one of the best coaches in college basketball and an unbelievably well-rounded team, it's difficult to pick any school other than Kentucky.
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