Orrey Bolton’s picks


On Sunday afternoon, I was glued in with millions of other sports fans as the Division I basketball brackets were announced. There were some surprises and snubs just like every year, but I believe the committee did a very good job because there was really not much controversy afterwards. Enough with my thoughts of the analysis; now it’s my turn to unveil my bracket.

In terms of picking upsets, there were a couple games that struck my attention. The upsets in the first round: I have the 12-seed Long Beach St. beating 5-seed New Mexico, 11-seed North Carolina St. beating 6-seed San Diego St., and, lastly, 13-seed New Mexico St. taking down four-seed Indiana.

I’m looking forward to see if Kentucky coach John Calipari can put it together with such a young team and also for the upsets to occur in the opening weekend. The best part of the tournament is seeing who will survive in my eyes and to see if I picked the right Cinderella teams.

For the Elite Eight, I’m a fan of the Baylor Bears defeating the Dukies to set up a Baylor-Kentucky matchup in the South. Marquette for me goes on to upset Missouri to face off against Michigan St. in the West Region. No upsets in the East bracket with Ohio St. and Syracuse matching up. Finally, I have Kansas versus their old coach Roy Williams and North Carolina to represent the Midwest.

My Final Four is set with Kentucky, Marquette, Ohio St. and Kansas, with the championship game set for Kentucky against Ohio St. where Calipari brings back the glory to a very successful program 71-66.

It should be a very exciting tournament, and I can’t wait to see what happens.