This year, though, I am struggling to make my picks. In fact, I can’t even get past the first round. There are too many intriguing games and, while bad for my bracket, that’s great news for Gus Johnson and the heart-wrenching drama that makes March Madness the best few weeks of the year. Let’s take a look at two of the best first round matchups.
Tom Izzo is one of the best coaches in the history of college basketball. He has averaged over 24 wins per season since taking over the reigns at Michigan State in 1995, he has taken the Spartans to the NCAA Tournament 13 consecutive years, and he’s made the Final Four in six of the past 12 seasons. But Izzo did not do his homework on Syracuse. Perhaps the Spartans have been traveling too much (a trip to Cameron Indoor and a trip to the Maui Invitational) because they did not look prepared to play the Orange. Syracuse played to their strengths and Michigan State did little to slow them down as the Orange pick up a signature victory over the 7th ranked Spartans, 72-58.