We have 64 teams, and 63 games later, the NCAA crowns a legitimately recognized national champion of college basketball (none of the BCS crap!).
Last year I provided picks at the opening of each round, which is different than fill-the-bracket-from-the-start. For whatever reason, last year I started in the second round and did fairly well 25/31=81%).
Now my percentage is much better than the graduation rates of many teams; and way above schools as Kentucky (31%), Cal (20%), Baylor (36%), Georgia Tech (38%), Louisville (38%), Tennessee (30%), Washington (29%), and Maryland – a pathetic 8%.
At the same time, I am below teams as BYU (100%), Marquette (100%), Utah State (100%), Wofford (100%), Notre Dame (100%), Duke (92%), Lehigh (92%), Vermont (92%), Villanova (92%), and Butler (90%).
Without further adieu, it is time to step up to the plate for round 1.
Midwest: Kansas, Northern Iowa (upset), Michigan State (upset watch), Maryland, Tennessee, Georgetown, Oklahoma State, Ohio State
West: Syracuse (upset watch), Gonzaga, UTEP (upset), Vanderbilt, Xavier, Pitt, BYU, K-State
East: Kentucky, Texas, Temple (upset watch), Wisconsin (upset watch), Marquette, New Mexico, Clemson, West Virginia
South: Duke, Louisville, Texas A&M, Siena (upset), Notre Dame, Baylor, Richmond, Villanova