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Upsets will be rare in tourney

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

With torrential downpours outside, I'm left with no baseball for a few days, so here's my March Madness tournament breakdown. I've got to be honest, I'd much rather be relaxing in some 60-plus degree weather outside, watching local athletes on the diamond, but here goes nothing.

On the way home from Portageville's baseball game against Charleston on Monday, I heard something pretty amusing on ESPN radio. The host told of how his wife picks teams based solely on the fact that one mascot could defeat another. I asked my wife to fill a bracket out, but she declined, fearing for her life that she'd make my column. So, I'll just have to break down my bracket, give my upsets, and provide my winners.

Beginning with the East Regional, Tyler "Psycho-T" Hansbrough and the Tarheels hold top-honors with the No. 1 seed. Despite a great effort by Washington State, the Heels advance to the Elite 8.

In the lower tier, Tennessee comes in at No. 2, and although Louisville is tough, I don't see them taking down my Vols.

The Vols and Heels will go head-to-head, and with a quiver in my voice, I'll say that UNC advances to the Final Four.

No upsets in the East Regional whatsoever, other than me being upset because of Tennessee's defeat.

Heading to the Midwest Regional, Kansas boasts the No. 1 seed, and they've got the easiest route to the Elite 8 as they only have to down Vanderbilt to survive.

In the bottom half of the Midwest Regional, Georgetown has to go through USC, who downs Wisconsin, to set a date with Kansas.

Three upsets in this section before the Elite 8, Villanova over Clemson, Davidson over Gonzaga, and USC over Wisconsin.

The fourth upset, is the Hoyas downing rock-chalk Jayhawk to advance to the Final Four.

Moving on to the South Regional, where SEMO holds the No. 1 spot. Ha ha. Just seeing if you're paying attention.

Memphis holds the No. 1 seed in the South Regional, and has the second easiest bracket behind Kansas, as far as getting to the Elite 8.

Texas comes in at No. 2, and pulls off wins over St. Mary's and Stanford, before sitting in the Elite 8 with the Tigers.

My dad thinks that because Texas will get to play this game in Houston that they'll win. I'm going to go against the tide and say that Memphis will pull it off, sorry Pops. The one setback that the Tigers have is their horrendous shooting from the charity stripe. It quite possibly could make you sick to watch them at the line, so those of you eating while watching this game, beware. You might want to have the Rolaids ready.

Upset in this bracket, other than your stomach watching Memphis shoot free throws, is Miami by St. Mary's.

Wrapping up regional play, in the West Regional, UCLA is the king at No. 1. The Bruins have their hands full with Texas A&M, but then are left with only UConn to defeat before the Elite 8 begins.

In the bottom tier, Duke grabbed the No. 2 seed, and will defeat Belmont, Arizona and Xavier before being blown out by UCLA in the Elite 8. Coach K has some magic, and the Cameron Crazies are, well, crazy, but they still don't have what it takes to handle the Bruins.

Only three upsets here are Baylor over Purdue, Texas A&M over BYU and Arizona over West Virginia.

North Carolina, Georgetown, UCLA and Memphis make up my Final Four teams. I've got three one seeds, and one two seed.

In my bracket, I see UNC and UCLA in the championship bout, with the Tarheels being a little too much for their Pac-10 opponent, 73-67, proving that the ACC is still at the top.

For those of you calling in sick on Thursday and Friday to keep a steady eye on your $5 brackets in the office pool, good luck. Stay tuned to the Standard Democrat sports section for the latest and greatest in the sports world. I'll see you next week, Yankees hat and all.