March Madness is back in full today, with fans finally back in stands. It’s been three years since the last time that’s happened, so the excitement for this tournament is sky-high. There are a ton of talented teams, so anyone has a claim at a perfect bracket (until 12:15 today, that is). The difference is my bracket is actually perfect, so take a peek at it below.
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My champion is Gonzaga for the second year in a row. They came up short last season, but they return with another strong squad that has no true weakness. Chet Holmgren and Drew Timme are the best frontcourt duo in the nation. Rounding out their starting five, Andrew Nembhard, Julian Strawther, and Rasir Bolton, all shoot the ball proficiently. This team has the perfect blend of youth and experience that all but guarantees a trip to the Final Four.
These three teams, Arizona, Auburn, and UCLA, round out my Final Four. Arizona and Auburn boast great amounts of talent and athleticism, while UCLA has a seasoned squad that’s been here before. Benedict Mathurin and Christian Keloko lead a deep Arizona team that won the Pac 12 championship. NBA Lottery prospects Jabari Smith and Walker Kessler headline Auburn. UCLA features familiar faces in Johnny Juzang and Jaime Jaquez Jr.
Virginia Tech is legit. They stormed through the ACC tournament, beating the best competition in the conference (Duke, UNC, and Notre Dame). They shoot the ball well and play disciplined defense. Hunter Cattoor and Storm Murphy lead this team from the frontcourt. Forwards Keve Aluma and Justyn Mutts are both solid offensively and defensively. At the #11 seed, these guys will do some damage.