2008 March Madness South Bracket Breakdown
The south is most likely one of the weakest brackets in the tournament but that does not mean they don’t have talent just that they are not as solid all around as other brackets. Memphis leads the way and gets the #1 seed in the south but many schools and experts feel that they are unproven, played a weak conference and lost the only big game that they played. Texas is by far the only other team that has the ability to do some damage and the rest of the field is inconsistent all year along although some of them have shown flashes of brilliance over the last few weeks, namely Pittsburgh in winning the Big east over some tough opposition.
Early advances: The #1 seed Memphis will not succumb to the upset in the David and Goliath game. They should easily advance against over matched UT-Arlington. Texas, Stanford, and Pittsburgh should also find themselves in the next round without opposition. Then I expect to see some serious upsets by the remaining seeds in fact we can advance right to the dark horse section as I see every other dog advancing in this round.
Dark horse east teams: As mentioned above this bracket belongs to the dark horse. The toughest one to pull off may be picking Kentucky over Marquette but they do have the horses to pull it off. Don’t look for either of these teams to get past Stanford anyway so picking the upset here is easy. St. Mary’s will beat Miami Florida and some folks will begin to wonder how the big east managed to get eight teams in. Oregon will beat Mississippi St and advance to the next round but it will get better as the Ducks will then pull off the upset and eliminate Memphis from the field. The biggest upset of all will be watching Pittsburgh shock the world and win the south and head to the final four in San Antonio.
The winner is: The Pittsburgh Panthers. I may have ruined the suspense since I named the Panthers as the winner in the dark horse section but look for them to surprise the other teams in the south. They have excellent guard play which is a must in tournament play and they have big bodies around the boards to help with rebounding. They come into the tournament on a roll and more importantly healthy and will display the talent they have when they come together.
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