Bracketbreaker Pick:Butler

Marc DaleyAnalyst IMarch 18, 2008

Before I begin, I don't think any of the "Cinderellas" are going to delay midnight any further than the round of 16.  Since the NBA rule change the gap has widened between the haves and have-nots and last year's tournament was striking evidence of that with no double-digit seeds making it to the Sweet 16.

However, Butler has the best chance of a possible Sweet 16 run.  The Bulldogs sport a solid starting five that features superb guard play in A.J. Graves and Mike Green plus a bruising forward in Matt Howard that several Big Ten teams recruited hard before he spurned them for the lights of Indy. 

Brad Stevens, who is the fetus of the coaching ranks in terms of age, has an excellent chance to build on his outstanding winning percentage.  At this rate, he should pass Bob Knight by the time he hits puberty.

First up for the Bulldogs is team USA. Now at the risk of offending my fellow countrymen, I don't think any team that was made up of the best America has to offer should lose  early in their conference tournament. Therefore, Butler should have a fairly easy time getting into round two.

From there it's the Tennessee Vols, who may be looking to the matchup with North Carolina and Bruce Pearl's promise to coach that game shirtless.  Maybe it's "Rocky Top" blaring through the airs but if Tennessee relaxes they are susceptible to an upset at the hands of a disciplined team.

Louisville is a formidable foe in the round of 16.  Rick Pitino took the Oyster Bay Pearls to the Final Four when he wasn't busy taking every other school in the NCAA there.  Butler may want to hope the Okies pull an upset in round two if they want the honor of facing UNC for the right to head to the Alamo.