It's NCAA Tournament time again! Colorado schools got completely shut out of the mens' and women's bracket, but did anyone notice? But even with all of our alleged apathy about the college game (at least I was rooting for DU to get that Sun Belt Conference bid), it looks to me like this state is prime territory for NCAA tournament office pool play.
I feel a lot of pressure to repeat last year's pick of Manhattan as a sleeper to get into the Sweet 16. The pool I play in gives bonus points for selecting upsets, and we all know some double digit team will make it into the third round, but the trick is picking who it will be. I look at this year's men's bracket and the team that looks most likely to shock everyone by getting into the Sweet 16 is . . . UCLA. OK, not the most unlikely selection for success, but they are an 11 seed, so it counts. They've got a lot of freshmen who are only getting better, and they are playing in Tucson's McKale Center, a familiar arena to them and not some East Coast locaton where they might have to play a second round game at 9 in the morning Pacific time.
The truth is, though, that I haven't followed college hoops enough this year to feel tremendously confident. I'm leaning toward picking Oklahoma State to win it all (I figure North Carolina will be the most popular pick), but I'm not terribly confident about it. So let me throw it out there. Who should I pick to win? What upset special am I missing? Let me know in the comments.