Requiem for the Little Guy; thoughts on each region in NCAA tournament
• As for Ohio State vs. Dayton, I know it seems like a matchup that was manufactured by the selection committee. (Ditto for Louisville-Manhattan in the Midwest, the Teacher vs. Pupil game in which Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino will face former assistant Steve Masiello.) But having gone through several mock selection exercisees, I can tell you that it would be nearly impossible to do that. The committee doesn't start placing teams into the bracket until Sunday, and things are so set by then that to move things around for the sake of storylines would generate chaos in an already stressful situation. Plus, I'd like to believe that if any one of the committee members made an argument to create a matchup because one coach played for the other, he or she would get smacked down in a heartbeat. Conspiracy theories are fun, but that's just not the way it works.
• I take a lot of chances with my bracket picks, which is why I often say my best advice in filling out yours is not to use my picks. I try to pick with my head and not my heart, but I have to say, one of the reasons I picked Wichita State to go to the championship game is because I really, really , really want it to happen. Not because I love Wichita State, but because I love a great story. This is the first time since UNLV in 1991 that a team is entering the NCAA tournament undefeated. It has also been that long since an undefeated team made the Final Four. The last undefeated team to reach the title game was Indiana State in 1979, and the last undefeated team to win a title was Indiana in 1976. Just imagine, for a moment, if Wichita State (Wichita State!) took the floor on April 8 with a chance to make that kind of history. I can't think of a better way for this wacky and wonderful college basketball season to come to a close.