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Act 1: The bracket is all.

Who doesn't love NCAA Tournament upsets?

Mount St. Mary's, fresh off a First Four win two nights earlier, looked more in sync and better prepared for one half against Villanova. Over time I remember many of those buzzer-beaters and regardless of what team I might have a rooting interest in those were the games to cherish.

Fill that No. 6 or No. 9 all the way to the Sweet Sixteen, the Elite Eight, the Final Four. The Cavaliers are in the NCAA field for a fourth straight year, matching the school record from 1981-84. Opponents shoot only 30.2 percent from beyond the arc.

Metro Atlanta fans will never forget the sight of Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter falling off his stool when his son, R.J. hit the 3-pointer with 2.6 second to go to clip Baylor in 2015.

Along with Fowler, Jack Bruckner, Duke's second leading scorer, was recognized as ACC Offensive Player of the Week. In the NCAA tournament, the better team comes up on top, not the team with the most amount of notable players.

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs have only one defeat this season and 32 victories. Clearly, they weren't supposed to be there, but that's the type of thing that happens during March Madness.

North Dakota won the Big Sky tournament and have been tested plenty this season. They're the team that has a solid season, earns a relatively high seed, and, due to their pedigree, I pick them to make a run then watch as they slip up in the early rounds.

From the Fab Five to the recent airplane accident, the Wolverines have always been a fun team to watch when adversity arises. And the nice part about the regionals is that four teams get to celebrate winning them. The tournament belongs to the players, coaches, students, alumni and fans of a university. The Sioux are 3-0 in overtime games and have won 10 of their last 11 overall. The Eagles were fifth in the country in field goal percentage during the regular season at 50.2 percent. The last Ivy League team to beat the Irish? If the Eagles score the upset, expect 5-7 dynamo Keon Johnson (22.5 ppg) to be all the rage. These three teams are going to lead in this region.

Tournament games kick off this week! Even if it kinda resembles Cookie Monster, the story behind the team and the mascot is something to watch in this years tournament. Minnesota got a tough draw in the Blue Raiders, who pulled off the shocker last season by beating Michigan State. Syracuse ended Middle Tennessee's dream two days later. However, if you are tinkering with your brackets at the last minute, wondering if Villanova will really win it all again this year - perhaps some social analytics can help you finally pick that flawless bracket.

Caleb Swanigan, Purdue. Double-double machine is doing things that haven't been done in the Big Ten for decades. However, there are some statistics you can rely on to try and figure out who will come out on top.

Jimmy Hall, Kent State.


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