Bracketology 2013: Final Four

This year’s March Madness tournament caps off a topsy-turvy NCAA basketball season; not only was the top ranking the proverbial kiss of death, but nobody seemed to want to hang on to a top five ranking either! Nevertheless, we made it, as always: Selection Sunday has come and gone, and the play-in games are tomorrow evening.

Despite the advice of pessimists, you don’t have to close your eyes, tape your bracket to a dart board or pick by color or mascot; you don’t have to just let your most hoops-clueless friend, coworker or family member fill in your bracket. Nor do you have to just “go chalk” and pick all the highest seeds, as some suggest.

I humbly offer, below, my carefully woven combination of numbers-crunching and “eye test” wisdom. I’m not necessarily saying that my analysis is the path to the perfect bracket! I do, however, hope that my modest proposal will help someone, somewhere–maybe even me!–win their pool. The breakdowns will be brief but salient, and each region will be covered in an individual post. In the last Bracketology entry, I broke down the East region. Now it’s time to move on to the Final Four.Paul West’s Final Four Bracketology

This year’s Final Four will feature 1 vs. 2 matchups: Gonzaga vs. Duke, and Kansas vs. Miami. Both are great matchups, and likely to be high scoring. Thirsty for their rubber match, the Blue Devils and Hurricanes come out on top…

Duke beats Miami in the final, 81-71.

Seeing as I’m almost certain to have missed a few of these picks, tune back in over the course of the tourney for postgame breakdowns and round-by-round analysis. Let the Madness begin!

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