I figured I'd get the thread started for the NCAA tourney! At first glance, this has the potential to be a dark year. Most of the mid-level teams are borderline unwatchable. The two teams we've got with a chance to win? Virginia and Purdue. After those two, I'd struggle to find a team that'd be considered a "favorite." Michigan might fall into the next set of teams that could make a run. After that, it's rooting for upsets for the most part. We don't have any strong mid-level teams that can make a run. Those that actually play white players to some degree (Creighton, NC State, Butler) are set up to play tough teams in the second round should they win. Potential white teams with low seeds that could've gone on a run (Davidson, Bucknell, Marshall) with the right match ups are all matched up against fairly strong opponents. There are a couple games early upsets I like: Loyola Chicago and South Dakota State both have winnable games. I'm planning on writing up the brackets with Freethinker this year. I don't think they'll be too long. Virginia better keep winning, or the rooting interests in this tournament are slim after the first weekend. Most of our "mid-level" tournament teams (Wisconsin, Marquette, Notre Dame, Iowa, Utah, etc.) either were on the wrong side of the bubble or were rebuilding. A LOT of black teams playing each other the first round; more than usual. As celtic pointed out, there was a strong Big 12 (and SEC) bias this year. The two blackest conferences in the country of course.