It always seems strange to be at spring training when the NCAA tournament starts. Having covered college basketball for so long in Connecticut, this was the busiest, most exciting time of the season. Now I’m watching games that don’t count as players “get their work in.”
The fun with baseball comes later on. But at least there are NCAA games to have fun watching and wagering on. The final count is four bracket pools and two box pools. I also expect at least two buddies to have Sweet 16 draw pools.
I changed a few picks here and there but my Final Four is Oklahoma, Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Missouri. I like Oklahoma beating Michigan State in the final. But even the top seeds have flaws this season. It wouldn’t be stunning if some low seed made its way to Detroit for the Final Four.
I will be rooting for North Carolina (my favorite team as a kid), UConn (because I know a lot of the people there) and Michigan (because I have money on them at 80-1).
It looks like several hundred of us are playing in the two Yahoo pools formed by blog readers. The Journal News also had roughly 1,200 folks sign up for its Perfect Bracket contest. So thanks to everybody who participated.
It’ll be 95 percent baseball here on the blog during March Madness. But there will be a post or two about the tournament.
Enjoy the games.