OK, let’s be honest: I’m not really going to track how Nebraska or Creighton does this week in the opening round on the NCAA tournament. I’ll find out, I’m sure, because I’m in a small minority in that camp, but as fun as basektball can be, I’m just not that into it.
I will, however, be paying attention to what happens in the Frozen Faceoff (yes, an awful name) of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (again) this weekend. This time of year isn’t for basketball — it’s for hockey. And it’s heartbreaking that UNO fell short of advancing and making a run at the conference’s at-large bid to the NCAA tournament I care about.
This weekend, Denver faces Western Michigan followed by Miami and North Dakota. My picks: Denver and North Dakota play for the title, and North Dakota clinches. (Denver’s Sam Brittain is fantastic, but by all rights they should haven fallen to UNO, so I don’t see them going all the way in the NCHC tournament. And North Dakota is North Dakota, as well as the only top-seeded team that survived the first round road victory onslaught in the tournament’s inauguralyear.)
But, since everyone else seems to be into this whole March Madness bracket idea, here are my (admittedly largely random) picks: