2005 Tournament predictions

by Michael Alderete on 3/17/2005 · 1 comment

Just so I post these before any results are in:

  • Illinois is overrated; I’ve picked them to go deep in the past, and always regretted it. Of course, they have a new coach this year, so maybe that’ll change. But I have Oklahoma St. in the Final Four.
  • Speaking of coaches that have let me down, I don’t have Kansas going very far.
  • On the other hand, I think this is Roy Williams’s year, and predict UNC to win it all.
  • If it isn’t North Carolina, it’ll be Connecticut.

  • I’ll be rooting for Duke in every game, but I’m afraid they probably aren’t deep enough to really go as far as I’ve picked them.
  • If Duke and Kentucky meet up in the regional final, well, that would be cool.
  • Is this Gonzaga’s year to reach the Final Four? I’ll definitely take them over Wake Forest (yet another team that has busted my brackets in the past, by losing way before they are supposed to).
  • My biggest upset pick is West Virginia over Wake. My 12-over-5 is Old Dominion over Michigan St.
  • I dunno about Washington. A #1 seed from the Pac 10 that’s not Arizona? I just haven’t seen them play enough to think this is a good thing.
  • I expect that East Coast basketball fans are hoping for a Washington-GT matchup in the third round, so they can watch the ACC deliver a good thumping.
  • I definitely expect GT to beat out Louisville. Conference USA teams are consistently overrated. Cincinnati, I’m looking at you.
  • Texas, Stanford, and Cincinnati all out in the first round.
  • I like UCLA over Texas Tech…but not enough to bet on it.

Let’s play!

Brian Mikol March 18, 2005 at 2:24 pm

Not that I follow basketball in the slightest, I had to laugh at work yesterday when one guy completely new to it all picked Alabama to take it all. My reaction upon hearing his pick (but before they lost): Alabama has a basketball team?

The only other thing I wanted to mention was as a CT boy, go Huskies!

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