Better Know A Bracket (2017) – East Region

King Hippo

King Hippo

Reclusive, vulgar Broncos fan.Also a proud fookin’ Evertonian.Likely dropped on my head repeatedly as a small child.[Insert George Carlin quote followed by thoughtful nod.]
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As you may recall, Villanova saved what little dignity and self-respect 2016 had, winning the national title on a buzzer-beating dagger and denying Ol’ Roy Williams and his merry band of cheating, nigh-illiterate Holes the national title CBS and ESPN so desperately longed for.

The reward for such party-crashing, and achieving the #1 overall seed the following season (an amazeballs accomplishment, BTW) – perhaps the toughest region in living memory.  When one says “Region of Death” – this merde is the gold fuckin’ standard.

Who Can Reasonably Win?  Hell, any of the top 6 seeds, and I’m not blowing smoke.  You can argue that the worst side amongst them is #4 seed Florida, and one always knows they are the NCAAT girl with the golden curl.  Why should they be any different with the new coach?  Billy Donovan was nothing special.  SMU is shallow, but the 6 they got are exciting as fuck to watch.  Matchup nightmares to guard.  Nobody really knows what BayBay is, but there’s talent and Scott Drew has successfully tournamented before.  And oh yeah, fucking Duke is there.

Who Can Make a Little Run?  The committee set it up so that Coach K would face Wojo in the 2nd round (7 seed South Carolina is shit), and don’t be surprised if Marquette gives Duke some trouble.  Wojo’s a punchable face, but he will know how to attack his opponent, and K won’t like that one bit.  The winner of Bucky Badger/Castrated Turkeys could give Nova trouble in Round 2.  By far, the meanest 1 v. 8/9 matchup possible.  Both are under-seeded.  Also wouldn’t be surprised if New Mexico State beat BayBay, but that might just be me rationalizing “upset bonus” points because I will have SMU always in the Sweet Sixteen, and sometimes the Elite Eight.

And the Hippo Oscar Goes To…  Villanova (confidence level – medium/low).  They are the best team, but land mines are everywhere, Duke is almost as good and has an easier path, so don’t count on them unless your hand is really forced by pot odds.

King Hippo
King Hippo
Reclusive, vulgar Broncos fan. Also a proud fookin' Evertonian. Likely dropped on my head repeatedly as a small child. [Insert George Carlin quote followed by thoughtful nod.]

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Doktor Zymm
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I will continue my every year strategy of picking against Duke in the first round. It’s an exciting strategy with some memorable wins and losses

BrettFavresColonoscopy
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Wait, I was supposed to read stuff and/or watch basketball before filling out a bracket?

yeah right
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Have any of our Russian Hackers joined the bracket challenge yet?

“I am Viktor from Vladivostok and I am here to heck your breckets!”

WCS
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Fuck Dook.

Enrico Pallazzo
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Scott Drew has successfully tournamented before.

Oh yeah? Show your work!

Unsurprised
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Unsurprised

Jesus Christ, I’m an idiot. I just realized I’ve spent almost all of my waking time in the last week clicking at the web like there’s anything of value on it. I am heat death incarnate.

Cuntler
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The Big Ten is ass. Do not pick Big Ten teams to upset anyone. Except Michigan State, because Tom Izzo has some deal with the devil.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Which is different from:

The Big Ten ass.

BrettFavresColonoscopy
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Big Ten ass is why I looked forward to the playboy college conference issues

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Did they put nudity back in?

litre_cola
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My hate for Michigan anything makes me root for Tom Izzo, he has grit, or chews gravel.

theeWeeBabySeamus
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I know that banner image.
I’ve USED that banner image.
Though not here, now that I think about it. Meh.

Fuck the Gators.

jjfozz
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“Used that banner image” as in “Where’s the Kleenex?”

theeWeeBabySeamus
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Maybe an and/or kinda thing.
I’ll neither confirm nor deny.

ballsofsteelandfury
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Beat me to it.

Phrasing

jjfozz
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Just don’t jerk me around

BrettFavresColonoscopy
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Now, now, let’s not just pop off

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