Dan Wetzel's Bracket is a Chalk Masterpiece

March 20, 2013 at 5:28p    by Jason Priestas    
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Dan Wetzel loves chalk in his 2013 NCAA Tournament bracket.

In Dan Wetzel's mind, chalk rules the day. The Yahoo! Sports reporter, best known for being the Black Angel of NCAA Death, filled out a bracket for the 2013 NCAA Tournament and he sees a March without the madness.

Wetzel forecasts just two upsets in the entire tournament – No. 11 Minnesota over No. 6 UCLA and No. 9 Missouri over No. 8 Colorado State – both first round games and both not exactly what you would call upsets, either, as Minnesota and Missouri are each favored in their openers.

His Sweet 16 features the tournament's top 16 seeds, his Elite 8 has the top eight teams, and so on, all the way through to the championship game, where he has the tournament's No. 1 overall seed, Louisville, meeting Indiana. To his credit, he picked the Hoosiers.

This is either a case of Wetzel playing it safe by going chalk, or he's forgotten what makes March so great.


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Charlotte Buckeye Chip's picture

Way to go outside, but press right up against the box Dan

~Charlotte Buckeye Chip

KillerNut's picture

Plus one because Sheldon Cooper

Smanpoint10's picture

to be fair he did pick Indiana

Jason Priestas's picture

Thanks. Updated the story to reflect that.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Looks like one of my brackets. I almost never pick upsets. The only year I've ever won a bracket contest was 2008, when the top four seeds made it to the Final Four.
I do have the Buckeyes beating Wisconsin in the West Regional final, though :)

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cdubs's picture

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.

KillerNut's picture

He's got not balls Cotton.

headina's picture

Effing a cotton! EFFING A!

GO BUCKS

Kurt's picture

Well, if the scoring in his office pool is the conventional system which favors those who take top seeds in hopes of getting 4/4 of the Final Four it's hard to blame him.  I'm a huge proponent of alternative scoring systems which provide incentives to pick upsets and also reward the best overall bracket, not just someone who picked the champion but blundered everything else.
/endrant

Bucks43201's picture

I've been doing these brackets for like 20 years now, and this is the hardest year to pick, I think. Just no dominant team...so many tough match-ups.

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BED's picture

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Poison nuts's picture

I have a 1 seed, a 3 seed & two 2 seeds in the final four. This is not a typical year & there will be upsets. Until the games are played, I can't call him dumb because for all I know, he could have picked them exactly as they will happen. I can however call him dumb for other reasons, like because he's dumb for instance.

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KillerNut's picture

Most of my brackets don't have #1 seeds in the final four. I think in every region other than Louisville's, the two seed is twice as good as the one

droessl's picture

love that his tiebreaker has Indiana losing by 4. 

babbski's picture

That was his sleeper pick..

LadyBuck's picture

There goes his bracket.