Jay Bilas Bracket: Did the ESPN Expert Make the Right NCAA Tournament Picks?
Is Jay Bilas’ NCAA Tournament bracket worthy of replication?
In looking for the treasure map to office-pool's gold, we come first to Jay Bilas – ESPN analyst and berater of all things Selection Committee.
Bilas, who on Sunday publicly wondered “if some people on the committee know whether the ball is round,” on Monday tried to imply that he did.
His Tournament bracket features three Big East schools in the Final Four (Pittsburgh, UConn and Syracuse), and should you not feel like watching it on video, I’ve neatly laid his predictions out below:
Ohio State vs. Syracuse:
“I think the zone for Syracuse is going to be a tough out. I’ve got Syracuse advancing in an upset."
Duke vs. Connecticut:
“I’m going to have Connecticut advancing. If they can get past their game with Bucknell, as tired as they are, I think they’re going to go far.”
Kansas vs. Purdue:
“I’ve got Kansas advancing, I think Kansas is the best team in this whole bracket.”
Pittsburgh vs. Florida:
“I’ve got Pittsburgh advancing to the Final Four for the first time under Jamie Dixon.”
Syracuse vs. Connecticut:
“I have got Connecticut beating Syracuse and getting to the championship game."
Kansas vs. Pittsburgh:
“Kansas over Pittsburgh.”
Connecticut vs. Kansas:
“I’ve got Kansas cutting the nets down, but then again I had Kansas cutting the nets down last year and they lost to Northern Iowa."
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Jay Bilas Bracket. It seems pretty solid to me (I'm a big proponent of the Connecticut upset pick), so I was just about ready to give it my stamp of approval.
Until I found this little gem (from Josh Sanburn/Time NewFeed):
“Anyone who thinks they can predict college basketball games is an idiot.”
Conclusion: I wouldn't bet my house on the Jay Bilas Bracket.
(Check out the B/R NCAA Tournament page for more tourney info.)
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