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AmericaJR.com Sports Column

Let the Games Begin

It’s time to gear up for ‘March Madness,’ and AmericaJR is here to help you with your bracket

by Andrew Poloni
poloni@americajr.com

There will certainly be a decline in productivity in American offices Thursday and Friday as many eyes turn toward the start of the NCAA Tournament.

Popularly referred to as “March Madness,” anyone who has attempted to fill out the winning bracket for his or her office pool knows that this may be the most maddening March of them all.

While tournament time is certainly regarded as the best time of year for many sports fans, attempting to pick the winner of this year’s tournament is a frustrating task.

It’s safe to say that, realistically, close to 10 teams could easily be penciled in the champion spot at the middle of the bracket. That’s what makes this year’s tournament so frustrating, but still so much more fun.

An argument could be made that every one and two seed in the tournament has a shot at winning it all. A case could be made for some three seeds as well.

Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio State, Wisconsin, UCLA, Georgetown, Memphis, Pitt and Texas A&M. Never has a tournament been so wide open.

What about fourth seeded Texas? They have to be thrown in that mix too.

There really is no clear cut favorite to win this year. Granted you can be sure there will be a 2007 Cinderella, this year’s George Mason, it’s safe to say that the winner will probably come from the group of aforementioned teams.

But at 10 or 11 teams long, that list does little to narrow the field to one winner.

As you race to fill out your bracket before the 12:20 tip-off Thursday, here are picks from the sports staff at AmericaJR.com to help you come up with the winning bracket for your office pool.

First Round Upsets:
Go with 11 seed Winthrop over 6 seed Notre Dame
10 seed Georgia tech over 7 seed UNLV
9 seed Villanova over 8 seed Kentucky
10 seed Gonzaga over 7 seed Indiana
9 seed Michigan State over 8 seed Marquette
11 seed George Washington over 6 seed Vanderbilt (GW could very well be this year’s George Mason. Look to take them past Washington State in the second round.)
10 seed Texas Tech over 7 seed Boston College
9 seed Xavier over 8 seed Brigham Young

AmericaJR’s Elite 8:
Florida
Oregon
Kansas
UCLA
North Carolina
Georgetown
Ohio State
Texas A&M

AmericaJR’s Final 4:
UCLA over Florida
Georgetown over Texas A&M

AmericaJR’s National Champ:
Georgetown

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