RICK RIETBROCK - TMJ4 Sports Director
UPDATE: Despite being only 10-of-16 in his third-round picks, all of Rick's Elite 8 selections still stand.
No system. No special theories. RPI’s are not considered. I look at the matchup and make a quick pick on “feel”. That might explain why you can usually scan through more than half the names on any scoreboard before coming across my sad tally.
I usually pick too many early upsets and have one of my Final Four teams end up on the wrong end of the “One Shining Moment” video – losing to Western Upstart Tech. There, you’ve been warned. While you’re mocking the picks – at least hear me out on my thought process. Then continue with the mockery.
Marquette-MSU is a great, great first-round matchup. I think MU can nullify Neitzel and move on. I wish I could say they’d survive the weekend, but I don’t see it. Jerel McNeal at 100 percent would have made it pretty interesting.
The Badgers aren’t exactly wowing anyone at this point, but while most of the big-time squawkers see them as an early upset possibility, I think they’ll make it to next week. That’s where trouble looms.
I like Texas – maybe just because they’ve been in some of the most exciting games of the season – but I like the way Georgetown is playing even more. So the Hoyas go to Atlanta.
I love Texas A&M to knock off Ohio State (who I can’t see getting to the Final Four). The problem is, I think Louisville has the makings of a very deep run as well so picking the Aggies over Louisville was even tougher. Hmmm… I smell trouble with this pick, but it’s too late to look back now.
I’ll say UCLA recovers from a bumpy end of the season, and knocks off defending champion Florida on the way to the title.
How do they beat Florida, who seems to have everything back in place for a repeat?
Like I said, it’s a feel thing. Whenever a team wins a title and brings everyone back for what should be an even better season, it never seems to work out that way.
If you’re looking for a better explanation, you’re checking the wrong bracket. See what Lance has to say instead.