Final Four

So, how are your NCAA basketball brackets going? Did ANYONE pick Butler, Michigan State, West Virginia, and Duke to be in the Final Four?

I gave up after Kansas, one of my alma maters, got upset. Reason and reason alone would suggest Duke, the only number one seed left standing, would have a clear advantage over the two fifth seeds (Butler & MSU) and the one second seed (WVA), but this may be the year of the underdogs. And Butler, in effect, will be playing at home in Indianapolis.

You may comment and make your predictions here. And, seriously, if any of you did pick these teams to be in the final four, you are entitled to say so and to brag about it.

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  • http://insidepastorkevinshead.blogspot.com/ Kevin Sorensen

    I actually had West Virginia and Duke getting in from the “right” side of my bracket. However, the “left” side was totally destroyed the very first weekend. From the Midwest, none of the teams I’d thought made it into the Elite Eight. And in the South? Only K.State got as far and then fell to the “giant-killer” Butler. I do have Duke playing in the championship game, but against who? I have no idea any more.

    I’m glad I never professed to be a prophet. I think I’d have to be taken out and stoned.

  • http://insidepastorkevinshead.blogspot.com/ Kevin Sorensen

    I actually had West Virginia and Duke getting in from the “right” side of my bracket. However, the “left” side was totally destroyed the very first weekend. From the Midwest, none of the teams I’d thought made it into the Elite Eight. And in the South? Only K.State got as far and then fell to the “giant-killer” Butler. I do have Duke playing in the championship game, but against who? I have no idea any more.

    I’m glad I never professed to be a prophet. I think I’d have to be taken out and stoned.

  • Lisa

    I filled out 3 brackets, and in 2 of the 3, I picked West Virginia going to the final 4. Mainly because I thought Kentucky was overrated and inexperienced. I’m a Duke fan, Go Bluedevils!

  • Lisa

    I filled out 3 brackets, and in 2 of the 3, I picked West Virginia going to the final 4. Mainly because I thought Kentucky was overrated and inexperienced. I’m a Duke fan, Go Bluedevils!

  • Joe

    I have WV in the final four, but not the other three. I through my bracket in the trash last week. :0

  • Joe

    I have WV in the final four, but not the other three. I through my bracket in the trash last week. :0

  • Brenda

    My grandchildren picked Duke to win… the dog’s name is Duke… Most of our family is out, but the two grandkids are still in there! Go Kade and Addie!!!

  • Brenda

    My grandchildren picked Duke to win… the dog’s name is Duke… Most of our family is out, but the two grandkids are still in there! Go Kade and Addie!!!

  • scots

    WVa over Duke, MSU over Butler
    MSU over WVA

  • scots

    WVa over Duke, MSU over Butler
    MSU over WVA

  • scots

    heh, I should clarify. Those are my picks going forward, not what I had – that one is in the cyber landfill …

  • scots

    heh, I should clarify. Those are my picks going forward, not what I had – that one is in the cyber landfill …

  • EGK

    My final four were Kansas (my alma mater, and that of virtually my entire extended family), Kansas State, Baylor, and West Virginia (big hopes for the Big 12!) My sentimental favorite right now is Butler. Logic, I suppose, says Duke, but I would not be a bit surprised if West Virginia pulls it out. This season I was very impressed at what Frank Martin, Huggins’s disciple, did at K-State (finishing what Huggins began), so I think that scrappy style of play can give Duke some problems.

  • EGK

    My final four were Kansas (my alma mater, and that of virtually my entire extended family), Kansas State, Baylor, and West Virginia (big hopes for the Big 12!) My sentimental favorite right now is Butler. Logic, I suppose, says Duke, but I would not be a bit surprised if West Virginia pulls it out. This season I was very impressed at what Frank Martin, Huggins’s disciple, did at K-State (finishing what Huggins began), so I think that scrappy style of play can give Duke some problems.

  • kerner

    I had W Va, Baylor, KS and Syracuse in the final 4. Everyone in my pool suffered a lot of of damage. But I am currently guaranteed at least a share of a tie for the prize (All I can eat sushi), and if W Va beats Duke, I will be the stand alone winner.

    I can’t really brag about this very much. Most of my picks were luck, not skill. But I really love this. One of my sons was recently grousing about how the tournement seeding system rendered its outcome a foregone conclusion. He is happily eating his words. We’ve had a great time watching the games together this year.

  • kerner

    I had W Va, Baylor, KS and Syracuse in the final 4. Everyone in my pool suffered a lot of of damage. But I am currently guaranteed at least a share of a tie for the prize (All I can eat sushi), and if W Va beats Duke, I will be the stand alone winner.

    I can’t really brag about this very much. Most of my picks were luck, not skill. But I really love this. One of my sons was recently grousing about how the tournement seeding system rendered its outcome a foregone conclusion. He is happily eating his words. We’ve had a great time watching the games together this year.

  • Bruce Gee

    The way OSU was playing at the end of the regular season, and into the Big Ten tourney, I had them winning it all. Alas, Evan Turner is not enough, or they had too short of a bench. I also had WV and Duke in the FF, which was not a brilliant pair of choices, I admit. I had Pitt in the SW region. Oh well. Such is the pain and glory of March basketball. Kudos (Oh! It hurts to say!!) to Cornell.

    There is not a lot of love for Tom Izzo and MSU in Wisconsin (In fact quite the opposite), but I am happy to report that, having gotten to the FF six of the last twelve years, there is almost universal, less-than-grudging admiration and even something approaching acclaim for his team and his record, on the Badger discussion boards of which I am a part. They looked left-for-dead in mid February. How does he DO this?? Inquiring Badgerminds would like to know.

  • Bruce Gee

    The way OSU was playing at the end of the regular season, and into the Big Ten tourney, I had them winning it all. Alas, Evan Turner is not enough, or they had too short of a bench. I also had WV and Duke in the FF, which was not a brilliant pair of choices, I admit. I had Pitt in the SW region. Oh well. Such is the pain and glory of March basketball. Kudos (Oh! It hurts to say!!) to Cornell.

    There is not a lot of love for Tom Izzo and MSU in Wisconsin (In fact quite the opposite), but I am happy to report that, having gotten to the FF six of the last twelve years, there is almost universal, less-than-grudging admiration and even something approaching acclaim for his team and his record, on the Badger discussion boards of which I am a part. They looked left-for-dead in mid February. How does he DO this?? Inquiring Badgerminds would like to know.

  • Daniel Davies

    I had WV, Duke, Kansas State, and Ohio State, so 2/4. I had 5/8 in the regional finals, and won the PHC bracket competition. My parents met and married at Butler (yes, actually married in the chapel on campus) and my sister is a senior there. She and my dad drove from Indy out to Utah for the regional.
    Butler’s program has been run for the last decade or so on what is known as “The Butler Way” based on hard work, tough defense, teamwork, and discipline. For a school of under 4,000 undergrads, they have built an excellent program. Center Matt Howard was homeschooled for a while, and freshman Andrew Smith’s father is the head of the Indiana Family Institute, just to give you an idea of the type of players Butler recruits.

  • Daniel Davies

    I had WV, Duke, Kansas State, and Ohio State, so 2/4. I had 5/8 in the regional finals, and won the PHC bracket competition. My parents met and married at Butler (yes, actually married in the chapel on campus) and my sister is a senior there. She and my dad drove from Indy out to Utah for the regional.
    Butler’s program has been run for the last decade or so on what is known as “The Butler Way” based on hard work, tough defense, teamwork, and discipline. For a school of under 4,000 undergrads, they have built an excellent program. Center Matt Howard was homeschooled for a while, and freshman Andrew Smith’s father is the head of the Indiana Family Institute, just to give you an idea of the type of players Butler recruits.

  • Lisa

    The last couple days, I had a feeling it would be WVa vs Butler for the championship, but Darryl Bryant (WVa guard) has a broken bone in his foot. Still wanting Duke to win, but don’t want to get my hopes up!

  • Lisa

    The last couple days, I had a feeling it would be WVa vs Butler for the championship, but Darryl Bryant (WVa guard) has a broken bone in his foot. Still wanting Duke to win, but don’t want to get my hopes up!


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