Jibber Jabber – Early morning brackets

Chad T. Jones, Public Affairs Officer

What does a PAO do when he’s up at 4:30 a.m. on a Tuesday?

Currently, I’m watching the local news freak out over the weather.

I’m also responding to the fort’s Facebook community, which is surprisingly calm regarding Tuesday’s weather call. Sure, a few dopes are complaining — they always do — but in general, the masses are tame.

It also looks like the media is posting our closure announcement before 5 a.m., so boom to that.

Since the coffee is made, guess I better knock out this week’s dose and enjoy some liberal leave, which means a full day with the in-laws, who made it down from Canada just in time for Maryland’s “worst snowstorm of the season.”

Fair to say the in-laws are giggling at our “winter storm.” In Canada, 2 inches of snow and sleet is springtime. Literally, schools up north are on their spring break.

You’d think such a rugged group of Canucks would be relishing the warm Maryland weather; however, you’d be wrong.

Apparently, my home is an icebox based on the way they are bundled up and sniffling. I kicked up the heat to 72 just for them, and they are still sniffling.

Conversely, I’m half-naked and trying to cope with life in a sauna.

OK, enough of my sniveling!

We are officially in the throes of March Madness, and it is time for me to give you my official predictions just in time for you to fill out your brackets for the annual MeadeTV/Corvias Bracket Challenge.

Actually, the Jones clan has decided to run its own tournament challenge this year with the winner getting a meal of his (or her) choice made by the other family members.

That, and “public shaming” for the losers, according to my daughter.

Not sure what the shaming will involve, but it is obvious the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree. Anyway, here we go.

Opening round upsets:

This year’s crop of upsets won’t just be the typical unknown 12-seed over a No. 5 from a power conference. Instead, underseeded big schools will make their mark.

For example, No. 8 Wisconsin will get to the Sweet 16 by beating overall No. 1 Villanova.

Big Ten champs and plane crash survivors No. 7 Michigan will also make it into the second weekend by beating No. 2 Louisville.

No. 10 Wichita State will beat No. 2 Kentucky to be in the Sweet 16.

However, if you are a fan of the more traditional upsets, No. 13 Florida Gulf Coast and 12-seeds Middle Tennessee and UNC-Wilmington will win at least two games.

No. 11 Rhode Island also has a good chance of winning at least one game.

Sweet 16:

East: Wisconsin, UNC-Wilmington, SMU, Duke

West: Gonzaga, West Virginia, Florida Gulf Coast, Arizona

Midwest: Kansas, Purdue, Oregon, Michigan

South: North Carolina, Middle Tennessee, UCLA, Wichita State

Elite 8:

Wisconsin, UNC-W; Gonzaga, Arizona; Kansas, Michigan; UNC, UCLA

Final Four:

Wisconsin, Gonzaga, Kansas, UCLA

Championship game:

Gonzaga 77 – UCLA 74

If you have comments on this or anything to do with sports, contact me at chad.t.jones.civ@mail.mil or hit me up on Twitter @CTJibber.

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