What Do You Think?
- David Ball
- Gresham Outlook - Sports
MARCH MADNESS - Who is your champion, and who is the biggest sleeper this year?
The March Madness brackets come out Sunday and everyone will be scrambling to find the big early upsets and the team that will be hoisting the trophy in April.
Last year's tournament was the best I've ever seen with George Mason's unlikely run to the title, an action-packed title game showdown and Albany almost becoming the first No. 16 seed to win a game.
It will be hard to match that kind of drama again this year, but March Madness always seems to defy expectations. Predicting this year's winners and losers seems like an almost impossible task with the No. 1 ranking being bounced around like a pin-ball throughout the regular season.
Just when you think Florida is in form for a title run it falters down the stretch in the Southeastern Conference. So it's got to be UCLA on the West Coast, right? Nope, down go the Bruins in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament.
No one really knows what's ahead, but here are my early picks.
Champion: I'll go with North Carolina. The Tar Heels have shown an ability to win while playing various styles, and they're doing it in the always tough ACC. Plus, it's easy to root for coach Roy Williams.
Sleeper: I had faith in Winthrop last year, and the Eagles lost in the first round. But I'll go with the Big South champs again this year. A run to the Sweet 16 is possible for a small-school that is used to playing in the Big Dance.
What do you think?
Give us your Champion and Sleeper teams.