Bracket buster weekend

Published 12:11 pm Wednesday, March 24, 2010

By By Chandler Myers
Last weekend was action packed beginning with the opening tipoff of the NCAA tournament.
This year’s tournament has again shown why it is dubbed “March Madness.”
It all started with the double overtime game between Florida and BYU and continued with more overtimes and upsets by Murray State, St. Mary’s, Northern Iowa and Ohio.
Friday’s victory by the Ohio Bobcats over the Georgetown Hoyas was almost dubbed the All-Time upset for the NCAA Tourney, but Northern Iowa topped that with a last-second shot to break a tie with the No. 1 seeded Kansas Jayhawks. Not only were the Jayhawks the No. 1 seed, but they were the overall top No. 1 seed for the tournament.
This upset was incredibly surprising because millions of brackets around the country had the Jayhawks making it at least to the championship game and possibly winning it.
When the term “bracket-buster” is used this is exactly what people hope doesn’t happen to their team.
Surprisingly this year my bracket has held up well despite the loss by Kansas. I had them losing in the Elite 8 to Ohio State.
My final is still extremely possible with Kentucky and Syracuse each mowing down their opponents.
Syracuse is possibly the most complete team in the tournament, while the Wildcats from Lexington are probably the most talented with starters like DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall and Eric Bledsoe.
These two teams should easily make it through the their remaining games and the Final Four, but only one can be champion.
My pick for this year is Kentucky seeing as Cousins and Wall are virtually unstoppable. If you stop one then you can’t stop the other.
So there it is. Kentucky over Syracuse 74-68 in the championship game of the NCAA tournament.
Chandler Myers is sports editor of the Atmore Advance. He can be reached at 368-2123 or by e-mail at

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