SOUTH - Spoiler alert! This region contains my national champion (shocked it's not OSU?). I could rave on and on about what I love about Georgetown, but I can best sum it up in three words. Otto Porter Jr. Watching Porter dissect Syracuse in the last regular-season matchup between the two Big East rivals was truly a thing of beauty. He effortlessly flicked the ball through the hoop with a sound midrange game not often seen in college basketball. And if you need him to step back and hit a 3, he'll do that too, currently at a 42.7 percent clip.
He's also pretty angry coming off a disappointing loss to said Orangemen in the Big East semifinals, a game in which he went just 4-of-13 from the field. An upset, determined Otto Porter will take the floor in the NCAA tournament, and opponents won't enjoy that. I have Georgetown heading back to their first Final Four since 2007 with wins over Florida Gulf Coast, San Diego State, Florida and Kansas, in that order.
UPSET SPECIAL - Eleventh-seeded Minnesota over sixth-seeded UCLA. The Bruins have no momentum after suffering a bad loss to Oregon, and they also don't have freshman guard Jordan Adams after he went down with a broken foot. Look for Minnesota to finally get the monkey off its back and win a big game, something they haven't yet done with Tubby Smith at the helm.
EAST - If you have read my columns, you may have noticed that I picked Indiana to win the Big Ten title, which they did in the regular season. Predictably, I have Tom Crean cutting down the nets again, this time with a smile, as the Hoosiers advance to the Final Four. No team is loaded with as much offensive talent, and no team is as remarkably efficient and fun to watch than when Indiana is rolling. Every player that starts is capable of going for 20 points in any game, but Christian Watford will determine just how far the Hoosiers go. If he isn't aggressive offensively, they may slip, but if Watford plays to the level he is capable there isn't a more talented team in the land. I like Indiana to beat LIU-Brooklyn, Temple, Syracuse and Marquette in that order.
UPSET SPECIAL - Temple over NC State. So it's not a big upset, but I really had no others to choose from, I see the seeding working out pretty well in the East.
FINAL FOUR- Ohio State over Louisville, Georgetown over Indiana.
CHAMPIONSHIP- Otto Porter caps a season to remember by winning it all and riding off into the sunset with an NBA lottery pick in his future.