To get to Atlanta, I have Louisville taking down Liberty, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Michigan State in that order.
UPSET SPECIAL - Tenth-seeded Cincinnati over seventh-seeded Creighton, and fifth-seeded Oklahoma State over fourth-seeded St. Louis.
WEST - I picked Ohio State, and I'm from Columbus. But before anyone accuses me of being incredibly biased, can you blame me? The Buckeyes were gifted a very favorable draw, and I'm more worried about a second-round date with either Iowa State or Notre Dame than I am of the other teams in the region. Ohio State won the Big Ten tournament not because Aaron Craft scored more, but because the Buckeye defense was out of this world. Holding Wisconsin under 50 has been done plenty of times, but Ohio State's defense has been phenomenal for weeks. To find the last time Matta's men allowed more than 60 points, you'd have to go all the way back to Feb 10., when the Buckeyes gave up 68 to Indiana, which is impressive as well.
Now if you add that to Craft's newfound urge to attack the basket and his recently surprising ability to make a jump shot, Ohio State is unquestionably one of the top five teams in the bracket. I see the ever-reliable Deshaun Thomas pouring in above 20, Craft adding somewhere between 10-16 with a handful of assists, and Sam Thompson soaring for a number of backboard-shaking slams as my hometown team takes down the rest of the West field. I have Ohio State beating Iona, Notre Dame, New Mexico, and Wisconsin in that order.
UPSET SPECIAL: Fifth-seeded Wisconsin over top-seeded Gonzaga. I strongly dislike everything about Bo Ryan and the Wisconsin brand of basketball, but I can't find a reason to pick against them. They have the big bodies to battle Kelly Olynyk, and Traevon Jackson may be the most underrated point guard in the country.