On the sportsbook side Young Sam is 2 for 2 with Xavier coming up today. As the tournament wears on teams will begin to reveal themselves, the cream will rise to the top, and the spreads will get easier to pick. I can't emphasize enough how important it is to watch the guard play and the team's ability to shoot free throws. It is crucial to the success or failure of these kids.
When the dust settles I'm picking Ohio St. and Kansas to meet in the final game with the Buckeyes going home with the trophy. Kansas has size and experience, but I think the inside/outside game of Jared Sullinger and Jon Diebler will be too much. Kyrie Irving is back for Duke, but it will take too long for him to get his rhythm and he won't be a huge factor. Pitt has the easiest draw, but not enough talent to deal with the Jayhawks in the final four. My bracket is on life support and today will determine if I pull through or not. I imagine a lot of you are in the same position. Good luck.