NCAA Tournament Bracket: Prediction No. 2

Mike AlessandriniCorrespondent IMarch 3, 2009

This years NCAA Basketball season has been one of surprises, one of great players and one of great games.

At the end of the day, there are four obvious No. 1 seeds for this year's March Madness, although any slip up can result in a Memphis No. 1 seeding.

Let's see how things will play out:

Boston Region:

1) Connecticut-
My preseason pick to win it all. This is a dangerous team.
16) Cal St. Northridge/Alabama State- Play in game to see who gets early exit.

8) Tennessee- Rough season for the Vols, but still punch their dance ticket.
9) Wisconsin- Birth would be a lock if victorious against Michigan or Minnesota.

5) Marquette-Very solid lineup. Could be a dark horse when healthy.
12) San Diego State- Four teams from the Mountain West enter this year.

4) Missouri- Great season for the Tigers end in a high seed.
13) Arkansas Little Rock- Winners of the Sun Belt Conference.

3) Wake Forest- The Deacons are now flying under the radar.
14) American- The Eagles have been on a roll lately.

2) Duke- Not a bad season for the Blue Devils this year.
15) Vermont- American East Tournament winners.

Glendale Region:

1) North Carolina-
One of the best teams in the nation as usual.
16) Jacksonville- Winners of the Atlantic Sun Conference

8) Texas- Longhorns are lost without a solid point guard.
9) Florida- Not as good as previous years, but don't take the Gators lightly.

5) UCLA-The Bruins won't win the Pac-10 this year.
12) Penn State-Surprisingly good year for the Nittany Lions.

4) Washington- The Huskies have had a fantastic year, and will win the Pac-10.
13) North Dakota State- Summit League winners.

3) Villanova- Cooling down somewhat after a long hot streak.
14) Weber State- Big Sky Conference champs.

6) Florida State- Solid young team this year for the Seminoles.
11) Creighton- A very solid team that can score an upset or two.

7) Syracuse- The Orange have had an up and down season.
10) Boston College- A victory against UNC solidifies their spot.

2) Michigan State- Great season ends with Big Ten Title.
15) Cornell- Another Ivy league title for Cornell.

Memphis Region:

1) Pittsburgh-
Might be the most dangerous in the country.
16) Tennessee-Martin- Winners of the Ohio Valley Conference.

8) South Carolina- Very good season for the Gamecocks this year.
9) Siena- Very good team with loads of upset potential.

5) Purdue-Could be a team to be reckoned with this March.
12) Providence- Who would've thought The Friars would be in instead of Georgetown.

4) Xavier- Have a few big wins on their resumé this year.
13) Utah State- Great season ends with WAC Title.

3) Kansas- With all of their starters gone from last year, this team is still dangerous.
14) Stephen F. Austin-Southland tournament winners.

6) Arizona State- Came short of high hopes this year.
11) UNLV- The win at Louisville is looking very sweet right now.

7) Butler- Probably a bit overrated. Still a good team.
10) Kentucky- It's Jodie Meek's time to shine.

2) Louisville- A very explosive team that will be a contender for the title.
15) Radford- Big South Conference champs.

Indianapolis Region:

1) Oklahoma- When Blake Griffin is healthy, watch out.
16) Morgan State- Winners of the Mid-Eastern Conference.

8) BYU- Huge win over Utah last week.
9) Ohio State- Big Dance spot still in question.

5) Gonzaga- Zags have a very balanced team.
12) Arizona-The streak of tourny births continues for the Wildcats.

4) LSU- From bubble team to No. 4 seed. Great season for the Tigers.
13) Virginia Commonwealth- The Rams win the Coloniel Athletic.

3) Clemson- Could be a very dangerous team this year.
14) Buffalo- Winners of the very weak Mid-American Conference.

6) Illinois- Which Illini team will show up this March?
11) Virginia Tech-A few upsets punch the Hokies ticket.

7) West Virginia- Can end regular season on a high note.
10) Dayton- A few tough losses gives the Flyers a lower seed.

2) Memphis- Is there a hotter team right now?
15) Robert Morris-Winners of the NEC Tournament.

Just for the record, I'm liking a Connecticut-Pitt Final, or Connecticut-Louisville.


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