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The year of true madness

I have never been a huge college basketball fan.

I’ve spent most of my life supporting the heroes on the big stage called the National Basketball Association. I never thought highly of the players who are playing for the school pride rather than their fame and success.

It sounds obnoxious and stupid, but players like Kevin Garnett, Tracy McGrady and Vince Carter were my heroes growing up. The players in college basketball just don’t have the talent that they do in the NBA.

I don’t like seeing teams dominate others in the NCAA because of the money they are bringing in to the school and the coaches they have such as Coach K. I only enjoyed it when they reached the NCAA tournament, and all of the sudden, my money was on the line among my friends.

This season has brought me to my knees, begging the Gods of basketball to spare me this upcoming NCAA tournament. I don’t know how I am going to survive such a maddening tournament as this one promises to be.

This season has brought on six different shifts in the number one spot in the AP top-25 poll. Of the different shifts, five of them have introduced different teams to the nation’s No. 1 ranking.

This is the madness that makes me itch, scream and want to throw things at the television as I watch upset after upset. This is the madness that makes me happy that I am finally getting to see a good college basketball season.

I didn’t have to see an amazing Kentucky team go out and win every week. Instead, I got to watch a Minnesota Gopher team who had lost eight of their last 11 beat up on a top-ranked Indiana team and then end the season with losses to lack-luster teams in Nebraska and Purdue.

It has been an absolute pleasure watching an underrated Gonzaga team work its way from a No. 21 rank at the beginning of the season to their first No. 1 seed in school history. Do they deserve that rank having played such an easy regular-season schedule?

I will be heading into the NCAA tournament season literally flipping a coin for every matchup I look at. Even though a No. 16 seed has never defeated a No. 1, I am going to pick one of them to win this year.

I am predicting that a No. 1 seed won’t even make it into the Final Four. Judging by the past couple of weeks, it seems a curse to be ranked in the top 10 in the AP poll.

I believe that the No. 2 seeds will champion over the rest of the bracket this season.

Miami, Duke, Ohio State and Georgetown almost had that No. 1 spot. They are out for vengeance and ready for a big run.

Teams like Syracuse, VCU, St. Louis and Oregon have shown me that they can contend at the end of the season. Maybe they will show everybody what they are made of on the big stage.

Folks, this is going to be the best college tournament that anyone has ever seen.

I am going to sit back, relax and rely on that lucky penny to do all the picking for me.

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