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Hello, peoples of DFO. I am back from semi-sabbatical to provide hoopsball tourney coverage. Please, for the love of God, use whatever analysis comes out of Hippo’s ass for amusement purposes only. You have been sternly warned.
Warning #2 – this year’s selection show will tip off at 6p EST/5p DFO on TBS – I actually had to use teh Google I was so confused. At least I can put of finding truTV again until Tuesday night. That would have given me palpitations.
In advance, I will predict that the #1 seeds are clearly UVA, Nova, Kansas, and Xavier. Always a small chance Xavier gets bumped, but can’t imagine who would possibly do it. Arizona is on the naughty list, and their conference is shite.
As always, I have printed a blank bracket so I can fill it in as the 68 are announced…but the fuckers haven’t announced who plays who in the Final Four yet, so I can’t know how to arrange the stupid thing, unless there are clues on the show before the reveal. Dickmonkeys.
South: Once amateur hour at TBS finally ended, we see a pretty tough road for Wahoowa – should the #1 seed be some kind of advantage? Creigh-Creigh, Kentucky, and Arizona. That’s three sides with Top 10 potential when they play at their best. On the bottom side, Cincy should cruise to the Elite Eight, unless Da U gets super hot. As they might.
East: WVU and Scary Wheat could rough up Nova a beat, but I don’t see an upset here. In fact, the whole bracket is pretty much ass, if one doesn’t think much of Texas Tech or Florida (and I don’t). The committee really wants a Nova/Purdue matchup of guards v. Nazi big men.
Midwest: Kansas gets a rough bracket this year. Clemson would be a rough opponent in the Round of 16, and Seton Hall could even cause problems in Round Two. Duke is in the other half, with a murderer’s row of Rhode Island, Sparty, and TCU to contend with. Whoever comes out of here will have earned their ticket.
West: Xavier was presumably the last #1 seed, and they got the toughest overall bracket. That said, U*NC (the 2 seed) got the harder half, with Michigan, underseeded Houston (the winner of their really tough opening match v. San Diego State could go a long way), Texas A&M, and Providence – certainly has no easy outs after Lipscomb. But the Musketeers best not overlook Florida State nor Gonzaga in Rounds 2/3.
That’s that. Smack me in the head, I’d go with Cincinnati, Villanova, Michigan State, and Xavier.