Monday, March 19, 2007

Sweet Sixteen

Well, the NCAA men's basketball tournament has so far lived up to its billing, with the games on both Saturday and Sunday providing plenty of down-to-the-wire finishes. Though only one high seed (Wisconsin, Number 2 seed in the Midwest region), was upset, all the top seeds received tough tests from their second-round opponents.

So we are now down to the sweet sixteen. In the East Region, the top two seeds, #1 North Carolina and #2 Georgetown will face #5 USC and #6 Vanderbilt respectively. In the South, top seed Ohio State faces #5 Tennessee and #2 Memphis faces #3 Texas A&M. The West showcases all four top seeds- #1 Kansas against #4 Southern Illinois and # 2 UCLA against #3 Pittsburgh. The Midwest is the most upset-minded region- #1 Florida will face #5 Butler while #3 Oregon faces #7 UNLV.

Next weekend should provide some good games, so I will attempt to predict them here:

North Carolina over USC, Georgetown over Vanderbilt.

Ohio State over Tennessee, Texas A&M over Memphis.

Kansas over Southern Illinois, UCLA over Pittsburgh.

Florida over Butler, UNLV over Oregon.

My Final Four:

East- North Carolina
South- Texas A&M
West- UCLA
Midwest- Florida

If next weekend lives up to the past weekend, we will see some great games. Go Tar Heels!

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