March madness

AndrewHendersonby Andrew Henderson

The madness is upon us…and I am going mad.

I’m in the process of filling out my NCAA bracket and I am going crazy. In my recollection, there has never been a year where there has been no clear-cut winner.

Who do I choose? Syracuse? Yeah, right…

How about Indiana? Kansas? How about Pacific or Florida Gulf Coast? I guess I’m leaning towards Long Island University Brooklyn.

Seriously, I have no idea who I am going to choose in the first round — let along the final four.

So, I thought it would be interesting to let you readers catch a glimpse into my mind as I fill out my bracket for the Henderson family bracket championship. Only four will be competing for the Henderson title — my wife and my parents — so at least I will have a 25-percent chance of winning.

Here we go…

Let’s start in the East Region, just because we live in the East Region and just because the East Coast rocks!

In the Dayton, Ohio site, I’m looking for Indiana to defeat the winner of the play-in game between LIU Brooklyn and James Madison and NC State to defeat Temple. Here is my first upset, however. I’m taking NC State to topple first-seed Indiana. I don’t like the Hoosiers, although the name Hoosiers is pretty cool. By the way, what the heck is a Hoosier?

In the San Jose site, I like Syracuse defeating Montana (yes, I am a homer — at least in the first round) and I like California to knock off UNLV in the yearly 12 seed defeats 5 seed match up.

In Lexington, Ky., I believe Bucknell will buck Butler out of the tournament— just because I don’t believe in universities that have names of occupations. Seriously, who wants to go to Butler?

I am also taking Marquette over Davidson — just because Davidson University once defeated my team in college baseball.  I have a life rule of rooting against anyone who has defeated me in the past.

In Austin, Texas, I like Colorado over Illinois in the battle of states and Miami over Pacific in the battle of the beach versus the ocean.

For the East Regional representatives of the Sweet Sixteen, I like NC State, Syracuse, Marquette, and Miami.

Let’s take a gander at the South Region. For the sake of time and space in this newspaper, I like Kansas over Western Kentucky, North Carolina over Villanova, VCU over Akron, Michigan over South Dakota State, Minnesota over UCLA, Florida over Northwestern State, San Diego State over Oklahoma, and Georgetown over Florida Gulf Coast.

My South Region Sweet 16 representatives are North Carolina, Michigan, San Diego State, and Florida.

Moving over to the Midwest Region, I like Louisville over the scrub play-in winner, Missouri over Colorado State, Oregon over Oklahoma State, Saint Louis over New Mexico State, Memphis over the play-in winner, Michigan State over Valparaiso, Creighton over Cincinnati, and Duke over Albany.

My Midwest Region Sweet 16 representatives are Louisville, Saint Louis, Creighton, and Duke.

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