ESPN analyst Dick Vitale came out with his bracket with some interesting choices. His Final Four features a Florida State team that just won its first ACC tournament.
However, he was wrong for picking the Seminoles to go only to the Final Four. He should have them winning the entire tournament. Florida State became just the fourth team in history to beat Duke and North Carolina twice in one season.
The ACC champions have the fourth-tallest team in the country and are a great rebounding team. Their height gives them an advantage over most teams, including the No. 1 seed in their region, Syracuse. Also, Florida State has great guard play from Michael Snaer, Ian Miller and Deividas Dulkys. All three of them have great ability to shoot the three and drive to the lane.
The Seminoles have been overshadowed all year and have not gotten the recognition they deserve. Vitale did the right thing picking them to go to the the Final Four, but he should have gone further.
Another area Vitale went wrong was with Georgetown. Their first-round matchup is with Belmont. This may be a No. 3 vs. a No. 14, but this is no easy draw for the Hoyas. Belmont is an explosive team and knows how to score. The Bruins average 81.5 points per game, fourth in the nation. Last season, Belmont was a trendy pick to upset Wisconsin. The Bruins did not win, but most of the players are back, and they have the experience now to overtake Georgetown.
Vitale has Georgetown reaching the Elite Eight. If the Hoyas make it to the Sweet 16, they would most likely be up against the Kansas Jayhawks. The Hoyas are no match for this Kansas team. They did play earlier this season and Georgetown lost 67-63. The game was full of mistakes by the Jayhawks, and they let the Hoyas stay in the game. If there is a rematch, the Jayhawks will be better prepared to take down Georgetown.
Overall, Vitale has a very good bracket. However, when filling out yours, make sure to take a look at Belmont and its chances of beating Georgetown. Belmont is sneaky good this year and has the talent to take down the No. 3 seed.
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