Bradley’s Bracket Fiasco: The champ sits in Tech’s regional

Greensboro, N.C. — Bradley’s Bracket Fiasco, now in its 23rd years, begins with an assessment of Georgia Tech: It got in, which is good; it got in the absolute toughest regional, which is less good. I’ve been thinking all season the Jackets have Final Four capability. Alas, I can’t see the No. 10 seed emerging from the mighty Midwest.

Then again, I’ve been wrong before, and I’m sure I’ll be wrong about 95 percent of these NCAA tournament picks. As ever, I invite you to play along in our online contest. The Fiasco prize is the accustomed and coveted Final Four sweatshirt, but this year if you enter our contest you’ll be automatically enrolled in a national pick-’em and you’ll have a chance to win $1 million.

You can enter the Fiasco by clicking here. And Fiasco rules can be found here.

OK, my picks. (I know you’re getting anxious.) Ohio State might be the only team in the country that can beat Kansas on a neutral floor, and somewhere the two got jammed into the same regional. I like the Jackets to get by Oklahoma State in the first round — I recall Tech beating the Cowboys in the Big Dance not long ago — but see the Jackets’ run ending there. The Buckeyes will take them down in Round 2, and the winner of the KU-OSU regional final in St. Louis will claim the national championship.

To the West: The temptation is great to pick Florida State, somehow only a No. 9 seed, over Syracuse in Round 2, but the Seminoles don’t make enough jump shots to beat the Orange zone. This tepid region will spawn a slew of upsets. (Try Murray State over Vanderbilt. Or BYU over Kansas State in Round 2. Or sixth-seeded Xavier reaching the regional final.) But nobody out here is beating the ‘Cuse.

Another great regional final looms in the East: Kentucky versus West Virginia. I’m intrigued by No. 3 seed New Mexico — former Jacket Craig Neal is Steve Alford’s chief assistant — but that’s the only team capable of spoiling the Wildcat/Mountaineer border war. On toughness and seasoning, I like the Mountaineers. What I don’t like: Two really good upset choices — No. 12 Cornell and No. 13 Wofford — are stuffed into the same subregional. (But don’t be shocked when Wofford reaches the Sweet Sixteen.)

In the South, Duke got a nice seed but an awful draw. The Blue Devils be oustedin Round 2 by Louisville, which is coached by Rick Pitino, who nearly eliminated Mike Krzyzewski’s best team 18 years ago but neglected to guard the inbounder. Here’s guessing he will this time. I’m also guessing the South final will be an all-Big East convocation, with Villanova — which hasn’t played well lately but landed a No. 2 seed in the softest region — skipping past Pitino’s Cards.

So that makes three Big East reps in the Final Four, none of which will win the NCAA title. West Virginia will reach the title game, where it will be undone by … drum roll, please … Kansas. Ohio State is playing beautifully and Evan Turner has been the nation’s MVP, but the Jayhawks have been the most consistent team all season. They have everything you need to win: Point guard in Sherron Collins, big man in Cole Aldrich, coach in Bill Self.

It’s against my nature ever to go with the chalk, but this time I am. I’m going with rock-chalkers. I’m going with KU. (Even though I swore years ago I’d never ever pick Kansas again. Consistency, I say, is the hobgoblin of small minds. And lousy brackets.)

And now I await your picks. Please enter. Please check your brackets often. And please don’t make too many unkind remarks about my picks.  I get mighty sensitive this time of year.

And if you’d like to see my entire bracket, complete with idiotic upset picks, it can be found here.

147 comments Add your comment

dawgfan

March 14th, 2010
7:33 pm

Mark Bradley

March 14th, 2010
7:34 pm

Kudos, dawgfan.

MagnaCarterGT

March 14th, 2010
7:34 pm

Kudos, dawgfan.

Can’t see Tech getting past the second round, if they get there. I can see them beating OK State, but not OH State.

WHITEANDGOLD

March 14th, 2010
7:36 pm

I agree Mark. I like Kansas in this tournament. Tech has a great shot vs Ok St but could be in trouble vs Ohio St. Kansas has the total package and i just don’t see anybody beating them.

WOW

March 14th, 2010
7:40 pm

GT IS IRRLEVANT 30-24 …WHERE THE HECK IS SAINT SIMONS THESE DAYS

aztec

March 14th, 2010
7:41 pm

SDSU will take down the vols

StraightJacket

March 14th, 2010
7:44 pm

Kansas will be the only Number one seed in the Final Four.

Ozzy

March 14th, 2010
7:52 pm

THAT’S CUTE. A GEORGIA FAN TALKING ABOUT IRRELEVANCY, AND NOT BEING ABLE TO SPELL IRRELEVANT. IRRLEVANT, REALLY?

YOU JUST CAN’T HIDE THAT UGA EDUCATION. IT ALWAYS SHINES THROUGH.

WHAT A DORK!

eddiedawg

March 14th, 2010
7:54 pm

@WOW-

St Simons is in the fetal position with Yellowfuzz. And you forgot 73-66. Oh and Tech blows-go Cowboys.

eddiedawg

March 14th, 2010
7:55 pm

Hey Ozzy-I can spell this:

WE RUN THIS STATE.

JSS

March 14th, 2010
7:56 pm

If you’re putting faith in Ohio State, you’re 3 years too late! Michigan should have beat them… Aztec is right by the way… Kansas is another Ok. State beat down waiting to happen!

Mark Bradley

March 14th, 2010
7:56 pm

OK, folks. I believe the Fiasco link has gone live, as we say. Please enter the contest. Please please please.

Mark Bradley

March 14th, 2010
7:57 pm

And, after nine hours at the Greensboro Coliseum, I’m about to hit the road. I’ll check in later. Thanks for hanging with me all weekend. It’s been a blast.

scott

March 14th, 2010
7:58 pm

This will be the most difficult final four to get right that I can remember. so much upset potential that it’s ridiculous. I dont think Ohio State makes the final four. The big ten as a whole has consisted of extremely uneven play this year.

Ozzy

March 14th, 2010
7:58 pm

Very Good Eddie!! If I could put a smiley face on your paper I would.
You’re really coming along with your school work!

A+

SLP

March 14th, 2010
8:03 pm

Hey, Ozzy – Shut up. Are you sure you’re not Paul Johnson’s lap dog? The Dawgs whip your A$$ at everything so just shut up and get over it.

TomB

March 14th, 2010
8:04 pm

Hey Mark, have you read Forde’s ESPN article on Hewitt and Tech? Glad someone else can see the obvious.
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/champweek2010/columns/story?columnist=forde_pat&id=4993108

Dawg Stephen

March 14th, 2010
8:04 pm

WAIT WAIT WAIT!!! WAIT WAIT WAIT!!! WAIT WAIT WAIT!!! WAIT WAIT WAIT!!! WAIT WAIT WAIT!!!

You have to REGISTER and play the game, but you dont have to REGISTER to be a poster on the stupid message boards here? That’s what makes these message boards a JOKE, and a TRAGEDY for a horrible idea….open forum….STUPID!!! I am writing this in hopes of a lifetime ban, the AJC is a joke and so are these message boards. The lack of accountability is why these message boards cannot be taken seriously and do far more damage to any college kids or potential student atheletes who cant weed out the idiocy. Goodbye.

Everybody Knows

March 14th, 2010
8:06 pm

Everybody knows that 99% of Dawg fans didn’t go to UGA. Or even finish high school for that matter.

Rock On.......

March 14th, 2010
8:06 pm

It is unfathomable that a team could finish 10-6 in the ACC tied for 3rd with 23 total wins only 8 losses and not go dancing. I am certain, knowing John Swofford, that he is absolutely beside himself. The ACC must go to a balanced schedule in my opinion and have the automatic bid awarded to the regular season champ.

The Acc tourney has totally lost it’s luster. Check the stands. In addition it was said by most pundits that the only team that had anything to gain from the tourney was GT playing their wayin. Kudos to my Jackets by the way. The tourney is fine but not to determine a true champion. It is sad to see what the tourney has become really.

I don’t see Kansas overcoming being seated in the hardest bracket. Too many upsets await and Kansas should fall. Agree about Duke losing in 2nd round. No way should Duke have been ranked 3 overall.

BPhil

March 14th, 2010
8:06 pm

Safe travels back to Atlanta, Mark.

Jackets2010

March 14th, 2010
8:07 pm

You do run this state.
That’s why with Sonny we’re a billion in the hole.
And I want to help our ruling Dawgs so much that I’m buying exactly nothin.
Good luck with closing schools and foreclosed Dawgs fans.
I’d like to help but u talked me out of it.

GT GRAD

March 14th, 2010
8:09 pm

The powers that be have been trying to diminish the strength of the ACC for years now (look at the limited number of ACC teams in the dance and look at the tough draw the ACC teams get each and every year).

They have obviously been trying to build the Big East up for several years……………..Big East has some good teams, but MANY of the “Big East” conference wins are meaningless because the conference has so many soft teams at the bottom half of the standings (how many teams are now in the Big East – about 37??).

Sad Sad Sad state of affairs………………………why not just be fair to all of the teams and spread the talented teams evenly throughout each region?

Cousin Vicker

March 14th, 2010
8:10 pm

I care only about beating the great Elizabeth Bradley this year. I think I’m due!

We Ruin This State

March 14th, 2010
8:13 pm

WOW, SLP, eddiemutt,

Your beloved leghumpers beat Tech in football and basketball. Guess what it got you this year? Shreveport and well, nothing! As WOW put it, UGA is “IRRLEVANT”[sic] in both football and basketball this year!

LMAO. You mutts enjoy filling out your brackets and pulling against Tech. We don’t have to pull against the Dawgs because you folks don’t have a dog in this hunt! LMAO

Susan not Steve

March 14th, 2010
8:15 pm

Mary not Mark, its okay Mr/Miss Mark/Mary Bradley make the change your fans will stick with you like glue- our bond is as strong as your homer love for the jackets…..

Pi$$onaDawg

March 14th, 2010
8:18 pm

Dawg fans ain’t if great cheering for Okie State. Well the jackets will beat them for you dawgs.

panthers

March 14th, 2010
8:19 pm

love all the pathetic jealous dogs on this blog. congrats to the jackets – make the state proud of you.

eddiedawg

March 14th, 2010
8:21 pm

HEY OZZY-

I am a math wiz too.

My favorite formula is 30-24.

Eat it.

Dawg

March 14th, 2010
8:21 pm

Hey Ozz, spell-check this: what do you get when you combine your sexual proclivity and your mom’s favorite accessory- a virgin and a dirty douche-bag…

SLP

March 14th, 2010
8:24 pm

Mark, thanks for putting together a great contest this year. Looks much better than in years past.

Ozzy

March 14th, 2010
8:24 pm

SLP –

I’m not gonna shut up, you shut up!!

Na Na Na Na Na!

Hey – did UoG make the tournament? Just curious.

GT IS NOW A 6TH RATE HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

March 14th, 2010
8:25 pm

“EVERYBODY KNOWS” SAYS ALL NORTH AVENUE TECHNICAL STUDENTS ARE NOTHING BUT JELLO JOCKITCH. HAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHHAH

GT IS NOW A 6TH RATE HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

March 14th, 2010
8:26 pm

OZZY IS A JELLO JOCKITCH. HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAH

Everybody Knows

March 14th, 2010
8:28 pm

Eddie sez:

“My favorite formula is 30-24.”

What’s that? Your daily take home pay from your construction job less the amount your three ex-wives take for child support?

eddiedawg

March 14th, 2010
8:29 pm

Everbody Knows-

Actually no. That is the score of the UGA Tech football game this year idiot. Hurts, don’t it??

Oh and we beat you in b-ball too. Loser.

Dawg

March 14th, 2010
8:32 pm

“Everbody knows” your a virgin and eat curry 4x a day….

Everybody Knows

March 14th, 2010
8:33 pm

Sorry eddie, but it doesn’t hurt at all. You see, my life doesn’t revolve around a college sports team like yours does. But, given your obvious lack of intellectual ability, I can certainly understand why you live for the good ole dawgs.

I have tons of relatives just like you, and all the people I know from high school that didn’t go to college are Dawg fans too. I’m sure you have a lot in common.

Everybody Knows

March 14th, 2010
8:34 pm

I love how the dawg fans prove their inferior intellect with every post!

mark

March 14th, 2010
8:36 pm

Way to show up in NC, GT fans! What a disgrace! I saw maybe 5 GT fans.

Engineer Patel

March 14th, 2010
8:37 pm

Any truth to the rumor that the Tech cheerleaders will wear Burkas during the tournament to honor the predominantly muslim student body….

eddiedawg

March 14th, 2010
8:38 pm

Everbody Knows-

That’s the best you can come up with? Ridiculous. I am surprised you didn’t write the tired old line about how I work for you Tech nerds. And I could have come back with how ugly your cheerleaders are.

My life doesn’t revolve around sports, but this is a sports blog, and we beat your sorry @sses in both football and b-ball this year.

Go back to your level 34 dwarf now.

eddiedawg

March 14th, 2010
8:40 pm

Everybody Knows-

This is a sports blog, isn’t it?

30-24. We continue to run this state.

Go back to your level 35 Paladin Ranger now. Loser.

Benjamin

March 14th, 2010
8:41 pm

I’ve got Syracuse winning it all. And, MB, if you’re right about Louisville vs. Duke, my bracket will explode. (Duke is the team I have being beaten by ‘Cuse in the finale.)

Holy Smoke

March 14th, 2010
8:45 pm

Tech takes it all..and ugay being #106 is serving cokes at the finals!!!!!!!!

UGA 89

March 14th, 2010
8:45 pm

What region is Georgia in? What seed did they get?

…crickets chirp ..and chirp ..and chirp

That’s what I thought

THWG

GT = 2009 ACC Champions
UGA = 2009 Shreveport Bowl …former 2008 pre-season #1

GT = 2010 Big Dance
UGA = …there go those crickets again

Holy Smoke

March 14th, 2010
8:45 pm

ugay #106 rpi…say it baby!!!!!!!!!

Holy Smoke

March 14th, 2010
8:46 pm

I would like a coke and popcorn coah fox…

AlabamaRamblinwreck

March 14th, 2010
8:46 pm

Duke ain’t making it to the final four. They are a very well-coached team without the horses to continue to win. One bad shooting game, and they are toast.

Kansas is the most well-rounded team, with West Va. probably the 2nd most well-rounded team.

Jax2020

March 14th, 2010
8:50 pm

Duke didn’t look like a championship team and Tech didn’t look like a 10 Seed.