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February 24, 2013 - Seth Staskey
Selection Sunday for the NCAA Basketball Tournament just three weeks away. If you've got any clue who's going to win the national championship, feel free to share it with me because I am totally stymied.
This has been one crazy season of college basketball. The moment you think a team could have what it takes to cut down the nets in Atlanta, they go and get blown out by a team that's not even ranked in the Top 25. I really believe this could be the season where a mid-major team wins the national title. Powerhouses like Kentucky and North Carolina are bubble teams, the Big Ten schools have just waged war one each other all winter, making it doubtful that one of those squads gets the job done, Duke has flaws, the PAC-12 is as tough to figure out as ever and, for crying out loud, Kansas lost to TCU by 7 earlier this month.
It's just weird, really weird.
If you're thinking about filling out an NCAA bracket, this could be the year to take the approach of picking teams based on uniform colors, intriguing mascots or which schools are geographically close.
Speaking of geography, I believe Ohio State is firmly in the dance and so is Cincinnati. West Virginia will have to win the Big 12 title and that's not going to happen, so it looks like the Mountaineers could be headed for the CBI if they receive an invitation to that. Pitt appears ready to make a return to the dance. The big question is going be who comes out of the Mid-American Conference? Ohio made the run to the Sweet 16 last season, but Akron has been the premier team in the MAC all season this year and owns a win against the Bobcats, which were just blasted by Belmont over the weekend.
Personally, I think you could make a case that both the Zips and Bobcats are amongst the best 68 teams in the nation, but the NCAA committee probably won't put two MAC teams in the field. The Bobcats won't go quietly in the MAC Tournament.
Well, keep tracking the teams and get your pencils ready for the brackets. Better use a pencil because I think there's going to be a lot of erasing because there are no locks.
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