Part of the madness during this time of year is remembering television channels that you don’t regularly watch. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament games are aired on CBS, TBS, TNT and Tru-Tv. It’s a remote challenge. With that in mind, here are some thoughts on the NCAA brackets before you tear them up on Sunday.
WHAT MANY FANS DON’T KNOW:
The Final Four and NCAA Championship game this year will be televised on TBS instead of CBS. It’s part of an every-other-year rotating agreement between the two partner networks.
OVERDONE AND TOO LONG:
A two-hour selection show for the men’s bracket, mainly to plug and focus on the studio commentators and how Charles Barkley can’t navigate a touch screen. Just give us the matchups so we can fill out our brackets.
NOT NATIONAL SECURITY BUT ...:
Someone leaked the NCAA men’s bracket early and put it on social media.
BEST TIP FOR EARLY ROUNDS:
Don’t get caught up in chalk and pick higher seeds.
There will be upsets, particularly considering the balance of this year’s field.
BUT NOT SO MUCH NO-CHALK:
Picking any team below a 3 or 4 seed to go deep in the tourney.
It usually settles among high seeds by the second week.
DO GET CAUGHT UP IN CHALK:
The women’s tourney, where the 1-6 seeds win most of the time to the end.
BEST MEN’S 12-5 UPSET:
We’ll go homer, Little Rock over Purdue.
BEST TEAM IN THE WRONG TIME ZONE:
CONFERENCE LIKELY TO DO WELL:
Big 12, balanced and crazy all season.
MEN’S RIVALRY MATCHUP THAT COULD HAPPEN:
Texas A&M men vs. Texas
RIVALRY MATCHUP NOT LIKELY TO HAPPEN:
Texas (with first-year coach Shaka Smart) vs. Virginia Commonwealth (formerly coached by Smart)
BEST RIVALRY POTENTIAL MATCHUP:
Kentucky vs. Indiana.
BEST POTENTIAL NEON UNI MATCHUP:
Oregon (green and gold) vs. Baylor (green and gold).
GOOD PICK FOR ELITE 8:
Michigan State (always seems to be there).
Lots of data. Don’t overthink or overanalyze.
MY KNEE-JERK FINAL FOUR PICKS:
Kansas, Oregon, West Virginia, Michigan State.
I’m going to fill out one bracket by just flipping a coin. Tell you later which does the best.
(Sports columnist David McCollum can be reached at 501-505-1235 or firstname.lastname@example.org)