At a time when everybody from college basketball experts to those who don't know the difference between Michigan and Michigan State has an opinion on the NCAA tournament, here's one look at what could happen over the next three weeks.

The bracket breakdown (winners in all caps):


MOUNT ST. MARY'S vs. Albany — Both teams won the automatic bid on an opponent's home court but you have to go with a team that has a leading scorer (17.7) named (Rashad) Whack.

CAL POLY vs. Texas Southern — At 13-19, the Mustangs are the only sub-.500 team in the field and they will keep the great story going for one more game.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE vs. Xavier — A matchup of two outstanding players in Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year T.J. Warren and unanimous All-Big East pick Semaj Christon.

IOWA vs. Tennessee — The Hawkeyes will be so glad not to face another Big Ten team that their offense will return.



(1) FLORIDA vs. (16) Mount St. Mary's — The Gators start their run with a defensive gem.

(9) PITTSBURGH vs. (8) Colorado — The Panthers have started playing well and Talib Zanna's rebounding has been the key.

(5) VCU vs. (12) Stephen F. Austin — The Rams created enough havoc to reach the Atlantic 10 title game and they will end the Lumberjacks' 28-game winning streak.

(13) TULSA vs. (4) Ucla — This is Danny Manning's first tournament as a head coach and he should be able to give a great pregame speech about his last as a player when he led Kansas to the title in 1988.

(6) OHIO STATE vs. Dayton — A game a lot of people in the Buckeye State have wanted to see during the regular season should be a win for OSU.

(3) SYRACUSE vs. (14) Western Michigan — The Orange might not get back to the way they were when they were 25-0, but the zone should be a problem for the Broncos.

(7) NEW MEXICO vs. (10) Stanford — The Lobos took two of three from San Diego State and should come in irked about being seeded lower than the Aztecs.

(2) KANSAS vs. Eastern Kentucky — Freshman center Joel Embiid's back injury won't be much of a problem for this game.


FLORIDA vs. Pittsburgh — The Gators' experienced backcourt will be the advantage.

VCU vs. Tulsa — The Rams know all about surprise runs to the Final Four so they will be on their guard against the Golden Hurricane.

SYRACUSE vs. Ohio State — These teams met a few years ago with a Final Four berth at stake. There are fewer future NBA players on the roster this time, but the matchup of Orange freshman point guard Tyler Ennis against Ohio State's veteran Aaron Craft should be one of the best of the tournament.

KANSAS vs. New Mexico — Andrew Wiggins will come up with his breakout game in his only NCAA tournament.


FLORIDA vs. Vcu — The Gators will be able to handle the full-court havoc unleashed by the Rams.

KANSAS vs. Syracuse — This could be the game Embiid makes his return and even if he doesn't the Jayhawks have enough wing players to be able to handle the Orange's zone.