If you think about it, it’s the best possible outcome.
I’m not sure I’ve ever had this much trouble filling out a bracket. There are just so many matchups that look like coin flips to me and there’s no way I can pick a team with any level of confidence. But I tried to do it anyway, and in doing so, I noticed I how much I like Arizona this year.
As I kept penciling the Wildcats further into the tournament, I decided an Arizona national championship would be the perfect ending to the most dysfunctional college basketball season ever, on and off the court.
Here’s how I see the whole tournament playing out:
Winner: Arizona over Cincinnati
Biggest Upset: Loyola over Miami
Let’s be honest: Take away the Battle 4 Atlantis disaster way back in November and Arizona is a whole lot better than a No. 4 seed. In fact, the Wildcats have looked more like a 1 or 2 for the majority of the season. DeAndre Ayton is starting to look like the national player of the year and I’m not sure Virginia has the personnel to stop him.
Loyola is the trendy upset pick over Miami and for good reason: the Ramblers are really, really good, and Miami has struggled through bouts of inconsistency all year. I always like picking mid-majors with a bona fide star who can steady the team when the favorite makes a run late in the game, and that’s who Clayton Custer is. The MVC player of the year is Loyola’s rock in the backcourt, while inside, the team relies on freshman star and conference rookie of the year Cameron Krutwig.
Winner: North Carolina over Xavier
Biggest Upset: San Diego State over Houston
Xavier is the 1-seed everyone expects to be bounced first, …read more