The March Madness 2013 bracket predictions have arrived via ESPN's "Bracketology" staff. During Sunday evening's televised specials, the college basketball minds of Jay Bilas and Digger Phelps bestowed fans with their picks for the Elite Eight, Final Four and eventual champions.
According to an ESPN.com report on March 18, the top line of this year's bracket was the most difficult part of Selection Sunday for the committee. However, that should also make for one of the most unpredictable tournaments in many years. Louisville, Indiana, Kansas and Gonzaga snagged #1 seeds with Georgetown, Duke and Miami among the #2 seeds in this year's dance.
NCAA Tournament Committee char Mike Bobinski said of the Big Dance this year:
"It's going to be just like the regular season. The games are going to be to the wire, and it should be one of the best tournaments of all time."
With that in mind, fans are already breaking down the brackets, and they've had early help from the likes of ESPN's NCAA Tournament crew including Jay Bilas and Digger Phelps. They provided a breakdown of the brackets on Sunday via their networks, and ultimately gave their top picks.
For Bilas, he likes a Final Four of Louisville vs. Ohio State and Virginia Commonwealth (VCU) vs. Indiana. His championship game has the Cardinals triumphant over the Hoosiers to cut down the nets in Atlanta, Georgia.
Meanwhile, Digger Phelps likes a #2 seed to win it all. His Final Four for 2013 features Ohio State vs. Michigan State, and Georgetown vs. Miami. In the end, he believes Miami of Florida from the ACC defeats Ohio State for the 2013 NCAA National Championship in men's basketball.
Former Duke Blue Devils and NBA player Jay Williams gave a Final Four of Michigan State vs. Ohio State, and Kansas vs. Miami. His championship game features Ohio State vs. Kansas with the Buckeyes winning it all, providing another #2 seed as a potential champion.
Bilas and Phelps will be featured all week long on various specials presented by ESPN as part of their "Bracketology," as well as results coverage during the NCAA Tournament. Roanoke viewers can watch them via Cox Cable channel 25 for ESPN, among others.