30 days. 2 hours. 27 minutes.
The countdown to selection Sunday begins—a time when our lives are consumed by back-stories, bracket pools and finding a way to get out of your 1 o' clock meeting because the 5-12 matchup tips off Tuesday afternoon.
It's a break from reality—as each and every one of us in this fantasy driven world fills out a bracket with the hopes and dreams that we have the blueprint.
The reason tournament play is so promptly named, "madness," is because of the upsets, the underdog legend and the Cinderella story.
If not for the unexpected, we would call it "March Plaidness," or the NBA Finals. Now before I get completely off track, I am writing to list this year's group of teams that could enter the tournament like a lamb, and leave like a lion.
Is there a Butler or Michigan St. replica that can reach the Final Four in this anticipated field?
You be the judge.
Criteria—a team that is a 5 seed or lower, based on projected finish and current standing.