It was fun watching the NCAA Final Four transpire in my beloved hometown last year, and FYI, the 2016 NCAA Men’s Final Four will be back at Reliant Stadium.
But like ‘errbody’ else’s NCAA March Madness brackets last season, thanks to all the upsets my 2011 brackets were a convoluted mess by the time the last four teams arrived in Houston VCU upset my championship pick Kansas, who was knocked out by eventual runner up Butler in the national semifinal game.
So for the fifth straight year, it’s time for me to post my NCAA b-ball brackets on the men’s tourney side. With the First Four games of the 2012 tournament tipping off in a few hours, I will attempt to redeem myself for last year’s disastrous showing and see if I can not only pick the eventual NCAA champion, but see if I can accurately pick which four teams will end up in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
So let’s get busy.
First Four Games
Western Kentucky, Lamar, Iona, California
Syracuse, Kansas State, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Florida State, Gonzaga, Ohio State
Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Florida State, Ohio State,
Syracuse, Ohio State
East Region Champion
Kentucky, Connecticut, Virginia Commonwealth, Indiana, Colorado, Baylor, Notre Dame, Duke
Kentucky, Indiana, Baylor, Duke
South Region Champion
North Carolina, Creighton, Temple, Michigan, North Carolina State, Georgetown, Saint Mary’s, Kansas
North Carolina, Michigan, Georgetown, Kansas
North Carolina, Kansas
Midwest Region Champion
Michigan State, Memphis, New Mexico, Louisville, Murray State, Marquette, Virginia,. Missouri
Michigan State, Louisville, Murray State, Missouri
Michigan State, Missouri
West Regional Champions
Final Four Teams
Syracuse, Kentucky, North Carolina, Missouri
North Carolina, Kentucky
2012 NCAA Champion