The NCAA tournament kicks off in full on Thursday. For our new feature, Fresh Takes, Travis Thomas reveals his Final Four - and why this could be worthless or the most useful advice.
Every year I sit and stare at my bracket with a blank stare. I can never understand why I have such a brain fart when it comes to filling this piece of paper out.
I watch college hoops religiously, I bet games, I can rattle off projected lottery picks stats like nobody’s business.
Yet, when it comes to filling out my bracket, the initial response in my head is always crickets. I think of every possible cinderella scenario, I think of great coaches, I think of the blue blood programs and traditions, I think of revisionist history and most of all, I think of having a perfect bracket. Usually by the time the dust settles and my ink dries, I’m always left with a 50/50 fallout.
Either I have a great bracket that elevates me to legendary status in my office pool or my prognostications are a complete and utter disaster zone.
Here's my Final Four:
Michigan State: Tom Izzo is the only mad scientist this side of Duke who can cook up a defensive game plan to naturalize Thanos AKA Zion Williamson.
Texas Tech: They are one of the best defensive teams in the nation. To beat the likes of Michigan and Gonzaga, you better be able to stop somebody.
Tennessee: I don’t trust UVA’s slow pace and defensive style in this type of tournament format. Tennessee is the only team in this region that can push the pace and score enough to outclass and outlast Virginia.
UNC: This is the team I’m picking to win it all. They have star power, a great Coach and they’ve beat Duke twice.
But will I win it all? Should you even listen to the predictions of me or any other person who is given access to a platform like this? No idea. I guess that’s why that call it March Madness after all.
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