NCAA Bracket Chat: The Best Match-Ups, Fun Storylines & Potential Upsets

Dan Levy@danlevythinksNational Lead WriterMarch 12, 2012

Do not doubt this man in March
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When I was a kid, I would get a few pieces of lined paper and draw out my own bracket, feverishly filling out the field while CBS hustled through the selection show in time to get to 60 Minutes on time. This was 20 years ago, and nobody wanted to wait until the next day to get the bracket in the newspaper.

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Now, the bracket is instantaneous and the reaction is nearly as quick. We're not going to pick the brackets on this show, but we do revel in the fun that is March Madness (and the way in which we pick our brackets in the age of technology) and go through, region by region, some of the best storylines and potential upsets in the tournament.

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 10:  Head coach Scott Drew of the Baylor Bears reacts in the second half against the Missouri Tigers during the championship game of the 2012 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 10, 2012 in Kansas City, Mis
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Seth Davis is CBS has a great basketball mind, but he must have lost it on Sunday night when he picked TWO 14 seeds to upset their respective 3 seeds. One of those upsets will be Baylor, Davis opined. Every year from 1986 through 1992, a 14 seed won at least one game in the tournament. Since 1993, the 14 seeds are 9-76 in the tournament. Moreover, since 1985, two 14 seeds have won at least one game in the same tournament just twice, once in 1986 and once in 1995. But hey, Davis got us talking about him on a day where everyone has opinions on the bracket, so I guess he did his job.

We excitedly look forward to Kentucky and UConn, if the Huskies can get past Iowa State in the first round. We also look forward to the world opening up and swallowing us so we don’t have to pick a team to root for between Duke and Notre Dame in the second (third) round.


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I have said it 100 times, if Michigan State doesn't get to the Final Four, I will eat your hat. Now, lined up with Memphis or Saint Louis in the second (third) round, I'm nervous they won't get out of the first weekend. 

We talk a lot about the Big East, including Marquette who people have called a "sleeper team." They are a three seed! They were a Top Ten team! They cannot be a sleeper.


NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08:  Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange reacts against the Connecticut Huskies during their quarterfinal game of the 2012 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 2012 in New York City.  (Ph
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We have no clue what to make of Syracuse in the tournament in recent years. Same goes for Wisconsin, who Doug Gottlieb of ESPN has going out to Montana in the first (second) round. This region is impossible to pick, so we've decided we are going to root for the match-up we most want to see, and that's Fab Melo against Jared Sullinger.

Having said that, Florida State beat two teams who could have been on the one-seed line. That team is prime for a run. 


ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 11:  Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts to a call in the game against the Florida State Seminoles during the Final Game of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Conference Tournament at Philips Arena on March 11, 20
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We spend some time on Temple, and how getting a five seed against a play-in 12 game is actually a lot tougher than being a 6 seed against an 11 seed you have more time to prepare for. We also chat about Nick's old boss John Beilein, which leads to a debate about coaching and recruiting 

Is the Midwest the best bracket? The fact is, they are all hard and nothing will go exactly according to plan. That's what makes the tournament so great.

Thanks for listening.

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