It's a safe assumption that everyone who works in a sports newsroom (regardless of what sport they cover) will take the time between now and the Thursday deadline to fill out a March Madness bracket.
Some will haphazardly scribble down some names they recognize in five minutes, while others will be deeply distracted and less productive for most of Wednesday's workday (trying to learn everything there is to know about the entire season so they can feel educated when they pick their upsets).
The fact of the matter is the person who picks their teams by flipping a coin often has as good a chance as the person who's been doing 'research' for weeks. Despite the likelihood of failure, the madness of it all is nearly impossible to resist of any kind of sports fan.
Here are the picks of some of the CBCSports.ca staff members:Bill CooneyFinal 4:
Kentucky, Missouri, Gonzaga and North CarolinaDark Horse:
Texas (No. 11 in the East) - Because I've got to pull for the Canadians and they are an 11th seed with Toronto guard Myck Kabongo.Winner:
KentuckyJesse CampigottoFinal 4:
Wichita State, Michigan State, Ohio State, KansasDark Horse:
Belmont (No. 14 in the Midwest) - Because Ken Pomeroy (a great college basketball stats guy that everyone should follow and who knows way more about the game than I do) has the Bruins ranked as the No. 23 team in the country. The No. 14 seed given to them by the selection committee suggets Belmont is somewhere between No. 53-56 in the country. I'll side with Pomeroy here on the notion that the Atlantic Sun champs are wildly underrated. I have them winning two games before falling to Kansas.Winner:
Ohio State [updated Thursday 8:15 a.m. ET]Kate McKennaFinal 4:
Kentucky, Michigan State, Syracuse, North CarolinaDark Horse:
Long Beach State (No. 12 in the West) - Because they only lost by 6 to North Carolina and they're lead by a guy named Casper which triggers thoughts of former teen heartthrob, Devon Sawa.Winner:
KentuckyKacie HollinsFinal Four:
Kentucky, Florida State, North Carolina, Michigan StateDark Horse:
Long Beach State (No. 12 in the West) - Because they have only lost two games in 2012 and I'm a sucker for a Cinderella story. They haven't had any really terrible double-digit losses this season (even to North Carolina) and if Casper Ware can keep up his end of the bargain on offence, I smell this year's Butler.
KentuckyJordan ShifmanFinal Four:
Kentucky, Marquette, Ohio St, KansasDark horse:
West Virginia (No. 10 in the East) - Because the Mountaineers play Gonzaga in what is essentially a home game for the lower seed. West Virginia wasn't great down the stretch, but they did defeat Georgetown and Kansas State this year. If WV is to move on, naturally Kevin Jones and Darryl Bryant have to dominate.Winner:
KentuckyGustavo GarciaFinal Four:
Kentucky, Marquette, Florida State, KansasDark horse:
NC State (No. 11 in the Midwest) - Because the Wolfpack almost beat UNC in the ACC Tournament after falling to the Midwest region top seed by double digits twice during the season, showing the team has improved tremendously and will cruise past San Diego State. I have them pulling an even bigger upset against Georgetown before losing to Kansas. Also, the 'Wolfpack' is by far the coolest nickname in the Midwest (if not the NCAA).Winner:
KansasTony CareFinal Four:
Kentucky, Missouri, Vanderbilt, North CarolinaDark horse:
Long Beach State (No. 12 in the West) - Even with the availability of senior guard and Big West defensive player of the year Larry Anderson (sprained right knee) in question, the senior-laden 49ers have more than enough talent to make it to the Sweet 16.Winner:
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