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2012 CDH March Madness Breakdown: Part 4

In Basketball on March 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm

This final installment of Crim Del Harris’s March Madness bracket picks/literary reference boast-off brings us back to T.S. Eliot: “I will show you fear in a handful of dust” might be the most prescient description of the Syracuse – UNC-Ashville game. And with that, the Orange limped into the waste land that is the round of 32.

Unfortunately, the South Region began tournament play before we could post a prediction. I could pretend that I was in a bubble under a rock chilling with the other guy from the allegory of the cave all day yesterday and post a bracket forecast. But the Virginia Commonwealth-Wichita State game deserves coverage — primarily because I actually picked VCU to win (I believe in Shaka Smart).

So instead of false predictions, I’ll post the South region from my actual bracket.

WILD WILD SOUTH

A thing of beauty.

Like all the brackets not filled out by a honey badger, I picked Kentucky to easily defeat Western Kentucky. Picking the Hilltoppers wouldn’t be justified in Bizarro world, let alone Louisville.

Connecticut was a huge disappointment. Jim Calhoun’s squad looked nothing like the team that went on a championship run last year, and they played 40 minutes of uninspired basketball. I picked UConn partly out of loyalty — I won my wager-free bracket pool with them last year — and partly because of Iowa State’s poor performance in the Big 12 tournament. Whatever, they’re still going to lose to Anthony Davis’s unibrow in the next round.

The visual evidence shows that I really did pick the Rams over Wichita State. As you can see, I’m actually riding the VCU train pretty hard, picking them over Indiana. But that CAA magic will only take them as far as the Sweet Sixteen.

Indiana handled New Mexico State in another easy pick. Sorry, boring games get boring write-ups.

Colorado upset UNLV, but with the way each team played, their seedings could easily have been switched. The Golden Buffaloes dominated the Rebels and punched their ticket to the next round. I still have them losing to Baylor, which put away South Dakota State.

Now, for basketball yet to come: I have Notre Dame defeating Xavier. Xavier played well at times during the regular season, and this game could easily be an upset. But I don’t think Xavier’s schedule as a Mid-Major has prepared it for a good squad from a power conference. It should be close, but look for the Fighting Irish to prevail.

Oh, and Duke will beat Lehigh.

Baylor and Duke should meet up in the Sweet Sixteen, but since Robert Griffin III doesn’t play basketball, the Duke Unlikeables will head to an Elite Eight matchup with Kentucky.

Kentucky-Duke could be a fun game to watch — will the flailing limbs of Anthony Davis be able to hold off Coach K’s squad? Probably. Kentucky is just too talented to drop this game, and they should easily make it to New Orleans. But since Kentucky to the Final Four is the easiest pick to make in the entire bracket, they’ll probably lose in the next round.

There you have it, our picks for the full field. Enjoy watching games in class and during work, and may the matchups be ever in your favor (The Hunger Games FTW).

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