I think the Aggies win but struggle over a sloppy Florida State team Thursday and then bow out in round 2 against a very good Notre Dame club. Even if the Ags pull off the huge upset, I don’t see them matching up well with Purdue.
The Longhorns are young and a hard team to figure out. Will the fellas show up or will they have issues dealing with the big spotlight that the tournament brings? Texas should get past a good Oakland team then I have them knocking off Arizona before running into Duke. I’d love to see them beat Coach K’s team but he’s Coach K and his team is more talented, experienced and deeper than Barnes’ group.
For Texas, it will be another good season but still not what Barnes envisions for his program.
Overall, I don’t think Syracuse is getting enough respect. The Orangemen play great defense, are athletic and can score. They survived the Big East and are always tournament ready. I have them upsetting a young Ohio State team in the Elite 8 but losing to Duke in the National Semi-Finals.
The other side of the bracket, I really like Kansas and Purdue to advance to the Elite 8 with Kansas moving on to Reliant and a date with Florida in the National Semi-Finals. That SE Region I like Gonzaga to advance to the Sweet 16.
So I’ll go with Kansas to win it all over Syracuse in my ‘official” bracket.
In my other bracket (for another pool) I’m going with Final Four of : Ohio St, UCONN, Kansas, Florida. UCONN winning title over Kansas.
Have fun and good luck!