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Now we’re talking

Tamara Miller
Vail CO, Colorado

It finally feels like the tournament has begun.

The utter lack of upsets thus far in the men’s basketball bracket has made for a, well, pretty lukewarm tournament so far.

But last night’s action ” where three of the four games really came down to the wire ” finally lived up to the tournament’s hyped up, but so far, undeserved, nickname. Really, watching No. 1 seeds dominate the lower seed teams like they are supposed to hardly conjures up words like “madness.”

That said, all the higher seeds ” Kansas, Memphis, Ohio State and UCLA ” prevailed. But the first three really had to work for it.

Does anyone else think Ohio State’s tournament days will likely come to end soon? Of all the No. 1 seeds, they’ve looked the weakest by far.

My Jayhawks squeaked out another win. Southern Illinois has been their biggest challenge so far this season. Good. After definitively winning their first two tourney games, KU needed a nail-biter to prepare for the toughest foe they’ll likely see the whole tourney: UCLA.

The second half of the Sweet 16 field plays tonight. Here are my picks:

– Florida vs. Butler: Florida. I don’t think another national title is in the cards for the Gators this year, but I do think they will make it into the Elite 8. The team just has too much momentum right now.

– Oregan vs. UNLV: Oregon. I’ve got to hand it to UNLV. I didn’t expect they’d make it this far. But I really don’t expect them to make it past Oregon. The Ducks have too much talent.

– North Carolina vs. USC: North Carolina. Along with UNLV, USC has been the other pleasant surprise in this tourney. But North Carolina has skills and tradition, not to mention Tyler Hansbrough. I expect the Tar Heels to live to see another day.

– Vanderbilt vs. Georgetown: Georgetown. With regards to my colleague and Vanderbilt alumnus, Ed Stoner, I have Georgetown playing my Jayhawks in the national championship. I gotta follow my bracket.


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