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Experts' Brackets: Mark Button | Seth Davis | Stewart Mandel | Larry Smith | Grant Wahl | Luke Winn | Alexander Wolff

Mark Button's Prediction
Imagine my horror when I read Seth Davis' picks. I finished filling out my bracket around 10 o'clock on Monday night. I penned the first draft of this blurb around 11 and jumped on line to e-mail it to my bosses. Before I send it, I read my the mail in my inbox, which included Davis' picks, straight from his home base in sunny California. Well, great minds... See, I also picked all four No. 1 seeds to advance to the Final Four. Seems cowardly uncreative, I know. But it's never happened. No doubt you've read all kinds of methods that all these other experts use -- from Phil Taylor's karmic beliefs to avoiding Stewart Mandel's Guaranteed Eight Ways To Lose Your Bracket Pool (I sat next to Mandel when he made his picks and in many cases he did exactly what he said not to do -- good luck, though, Stew) -- but I picked the games like this: I looked at the matchups, not at the seedings. Who would win each game at the given venue? Bottom line is Kentucky, Arizona, Texas and Oklahoma can win the four games they'll have to play to get to Burboun Street. Two teams in particular received unfortunate draws -- Xavier against Maryland and Oregon against Kentucky, both in the second round. I would have had XU and the Ducks winning at least two games under different circumstances. Look for Kansas-Duke and Syracuse-Wake Forest to provide the best drama outside of New Orleans, where Arizona wins it all.
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 Midwest South 
First Round
March 20, 21
Second Round
March 22, 23
Regionals       Regionals Second Round
March 22, 23
First Round
March 20, 21
Kentucky (1) Texas (1)
IUPUI (16)Kentucky Texas UNCA (16)
Oregon (8)Oregon LSU LSU (8)
Utah (9) Kentucky Texas Purdue (9)
Wisconsin (5) Dayton UConn UConn (5)
Weber St. (12)Wisconsin UConn BYU (12)
Dayton (4)Dayton Stanford Stanford (4)
Tulsa (13) MinneapolisKentucky Texas San Antonio San Diego (13)
Missouri (6) March 27, 29Marquette Florida March 28, 30 Maryland (6)
S. Illinois (11)Missouri Maryland UNCW (11)
Marquette (3)Marquette Xavier Xavier (3)
Holy Cross (14) Marquette Maryland Troy St. (14)
Indiana (7) Pittsburgh FINAL FOURFlorida Michigan St. (7)
Alabama (10)Alabama New OrleansColorado Colorado (10)
Pittsburgh (2)Pittsburgh April 5 Florida. Florida (2)
Wagner (15)  Kentucky Texas   Sam Hou. (15)
Arizona (1)  Arizona Oklahoma   Oklahoma (1)
Vermont (16)Arizona Oklahoma SC St. (16)
Cincinnati (8)Gonzaga FINAL California California (8)
Gonzaga (9) ArizonaApril 7 Oklahoma NC State (9)
Notre Dame (5) Illinois Arizona Louisville Miss. St. (5)
Wisc.-Mil. (12)ND Texas Miss. St. Butler (12)
Illinois (4)Illinois Louisville Louisville (4)
W. Kentucky (13) AnaheimArizona CHAMP Oklahoma Albany Aus. Peay (13)
Creighton (6) March 27, 29Kansas Arizona Syracuse March 28, 30 Oklahoma St. (6)
C. Michigan (11)C. Michigan Okla. St. Pennsylvania (11)
Duke (3)Duke Syracuse Syracuse (3)
Colorado St. (14) Duke Syracuse Manhattan (14)
Memphis (7) Kansas Wake St. Joe's (7)
Arizona St. (10)Memphis Auburn Auburn (10)
Kansas (2)Kansas Wake Wake Forest(2)
Utah St. (15) E. Tenn St. (15)
 West East 
Experts' Brackets: Mark Button | Seth Davis | Stewart Mandel | Larry Smith | Grant Wahl | Luke Winn | Alexander Wolff

 
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