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Early Thoughts on the Brackets

If you haven't done so already, print out your brackets here.

  • Oregon got a very fortunate seed, considering I thought they would be last one in or first one out.  Mississippi State is a very winnable game.  A second round matchup against Memphis would be a shootout!
  • Portland State got screwed.  I know that the Big Sky isn't the best conference out there, but considering the way they dominated that conference, and have basically lost one game in two months, they deserved a 14 or 15.  Not a big difference?  Maybe not.  But a 14 or 15 is about a 5-10% chance at an upset as opposed to a 0% chance.
  • My early picks for most entertaining first round games:  Davidson/Gonzaga, Kansas State/USC, Clemson/Villanova, and Notre Dame/George Mason.
  • I swear, the committee loves to match up high midmajors in the first round.  7 Butler vs. 10 South Alabama, 7 Gonzaga vs. 10 Davidson, and 5 Drake vs. 12 Western Kentucky are this year's versions.
  • Georgia will be the early upset darling over Xavier.  Don't buy into it.  What Georgia did was absolutely amazing and phenomenal, and they deserve their bid.  But it was also a total fluke by a team that got ridiculously hot for a few days.

I put up my full bracket Tuesday or Wednesday, and will try and liveblog most of the first two days.

Be happy that we're in, this is gonna be fun.