No way I predicted this.
Maryland plays Kansas tonight in the Sweet Sixteen.
Syracuse takes on Gonzaga tomorrow night with the same chance to advance to the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament’s Elite Eight.
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My alma mater and hometown teams both won their first two games in their respective brackets.
March Madness, indeed.
Before Selection Sunday, I was sure Syracuse was not going to make the tournament, so badly did Coach Jim Boeheim’s squad limp to the finish of the regular portion of the season, losing five of its last six games. And then the Orange looked refreshed, beating Dayton in the first round, a 10 seed topping a 7. In the second round, Syracuse ran away from Cinderella, vanquishing Middle Tennessee State, the 15 seed that had shocked No. 2 Michigan State and won much attention in its first-round contest.
As for my Terrapins, this is where I hoped they’d be able to get, a No. 5 seed beating the upstart 12 South Dakota State’s late rally, and then spoiling another underdog darling’s dream, 13-seed Hawaii, in an easy game under Maryland’s terms.
Now Maryland must face Kansas, which the NCAA committee called the top No. 1 seed.
But Syracuse, that 10 seed, will again wear the white jersey of the higher seed, facing 11th-seeded Gonzaga.
I honestly, frankly, cannot and will not predict what will happen.
On my bracket in my friend Steve’s pool, after all, I picked Michigan State to win the national championship. Yup, those Michigan State Spartans, out in the first round.
Who did you pick to win in your bracket? How is your bracket holding up? Who’s more likely to win, Maryland or Syracuse?