Quick hitters – Thursday, March 15

This is either going to be the best bracket I’ve ever done – or the worst.

Upset specials

Belmont over Georgetown – I made the mistake of watching the Hoyas play a couple of times. It’s been hard to take them seriously ever since. And this Belmont team is deep and talented.

Ohio over Michigan – At first glance, this looks crazy. But take a team that defends the three very well and takes care of the ball (Ohio) and match them up with a perimeter-happy team that relies on defense to create easy scoring opportunities (Michigan) and it sudden makes more sense.

Xavier over Duke – A bold pick, to be sure. But I love Xavier’s guard play – and aside from that UNC comeback – I don’t trust this Duke team in a high-pressure spot.

Murray State over Marquette – I like Murray State in what should be a fun, down-to-the-wire game.

Belmont in the Elite Eight – I don’t trust Kansas in a game with any team that pushes the pace and stretches the floor. The Jayhawks are great, until you get into that bench.

And the winner is…

Missouri. I love the Tigers’ experience, toughness, free-throw shooting and swagger. They’ll be a tough out, and I like the path they have to the Final Four.

Of course, if you base any of your picks on this drivel, you’re crazy…

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