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(RNN) – If you have a Final Four team left in your bracket, congratulations, you're one of the lucky ones (none of my brackets have more than one).
If you still have the national champion alive in your bracket, you have truly defied the odds. If that national champion is Louisville, however, congratulations on making the easy choice and riding the Cardinals' coattails.
In the Final Four, there is No. 1 overall seed Louisville, No. 9 seed Wichita State and two No. 4 seeds in Syracuse and Michigan. This disgusts me. Not as much as the injury to Louisville's Kevin Ware did, but it's still bad.
If you haven't seen Ware's injury, here's video of it, but be cautious because it is gruesome. Suffice to say that it's more like an injury you would see in horse racing than basketball – even football, for that matter.
It touched a firestorm on Twitter both because of its graphic nature and because people were upset over the link being disseminated by various outlets.
You can relive my tournament picks and fall from grace here and here. The brackets, such as they are, can be viewed here.
The fact that this bracket is currently tied for the best bracket I made is an indictment of the entire March Madness process. With as many upsets as happened in this tournament, the fact the bracket that picked absolutely no upsets whatsoever is the best one is soul-crushing.
In the tournament, a No. 2 seed lost in the first round, a No. 1 seed lost in the second round and two double-digit seeds made the Sweet 16. A bracket that picks straight favorites to win every game should be terrible compared to that, yet it's good? What hope do you possibly have against that?
No matter what happens in the Final Four this bracket will be the best one. It's one game ahead of the Composite bracket and tied with My Actual Picks and all three have only Louisville left. If Louisville wins the championship, this bracket stands alone as my best. If Louisville loses at any point, it will be tied with My Actual Picks.
What it picked the Final Four teams to do: Louisville wins the championship. Michigan makes Sweet 16. Wichita State lost in the first round. Syracuse makes Sweet 16.
2. My Actual Picks
The only solace I take in this whole process is that my own personal choices could end up tied for the best bracket. Why did I even do this? Why do I even continue to do this? I don't even like basketball that much.
After picking the entire East region correct I totally jinxed it all when I bragged on my good fortune last week and got every game wrong in that region this time. I had nothing right in the South, either. Look at the picture attached to this article. Do you see all the red in the middle of that bracket? That's bad.
Twice in my life I've filled out a bracket only to lose a bet with the girl I was dating at the time when her picks were better than mine. Neither girl followed basketball – at all. I have to rethink my life.
What it picked the Final Four teams to do: Louisville makes the championship game. Michigan loses in second round. Wichita State loses in second round. Syracuse makes Sweet 16.
There was only one team alive to make the Final Four in this bracket last week and that was Miami, who lost to Marquette and failed to make the Elite Eight. This is the second-worst of the brackets and has no one left.
The teams in the Final Four have the following mascots: Cardinals, Wolverines, Shockers and Orange.
A freaking color made the Final Four. What the heck is that about? I should have pulled a George Costanza and gone with the opposite of the mascots. Michigan would have been eliminated early, but things would have still turned out OK.
In that iteration, the Final Four would have been Louisville, Akron, Harvard and Syracuse, with Syracuse beating Harvard in the championship.
What it picked the Final Four teams to do: Louisville lost in the first round. Michigan made the Elite Eight. Wichita State lost in the first round. Syracuse lost in the first round.
4. Field Goal Defense
Stunningly, this bracket got a team right. It picked two 16 seeds to make the Final Four, so the fact that it got either of the other two picks right is cause for celebration.
This bracket is better than Mascots by a decent margin, but well behind the best three.
What it picked the Final Four teams to do: Louisville lost in the first round. Michigan lost in the second round. Wichita State lost in the first round. Syracuse made the Final Four.
5. Coin Flip
This is the worst bracket. I had expected a little better than I got from this, but it became a total train wreck.
It only had two Sweet 16 teams right and one Elite Eight team. That was Duke, which Abraham Lincoln picked to win the national championship. Duke lost to Louisville on Sunday. It was bad for this bracket, but good for the collective bracket pool.
What it picked the Final Four teams to do: Louisville lost in the first round. Michigan lost in the second round. Wichita State lost in the second round. Syracuse lost in the first round.
This bracket can become the second best of my choices, but Louisville has to win the championship for it to happen.
Ohio State's buzzer-beating run ended against Wichita State, which would have put this bracket at the undisputed best one. Everything looked like it was shaping up for this bracket to close strong, and then it all faded into oblivion.
What it picked the Final Four teams to do: Louisville wins the championship. Michigan makes the Sweet 16. Wichita State loses in the first round. Syracuse makes the Sweet 16.
Next year I think I'll throw darts.
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