Below, I give you the official Seattle Sportsnet NCAA Tournament bracket. You’ll notice that this year, I’ve named all my entries “Mendez-Valdez” in honor of former Western Kentucky shooting guard and tournament hero Orlando Mendez-Valdez. Enjoy.
With all due respect to the Marquette Golden Eagles, I truly believe the Washington Huskies will pull the upset and win their first round NCAA Tournament matchup on Thursday. You can call it blind allegiance if you must, but if I were a betting man I’d still side with the Dawgs. It just makes sense. Here’s why:
A bunch of swingmen vs. Matthew Bryan-Amaning
Had you told me a month ago that Matthew Bryan-Amaning would be our biggest X-factor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, I would have cringed. These days, however, he might very well be our greatest weapon.
The 6’9″ power forward from Britain will be counted on to shoulder much of the load inside against Marquette’s diminutive front line. Though the Golden Eagles’ forwards are all at least two inches shorter than MBA, they play bigger than their stature and are more active than some of the big bodies the Huskies faced in Pac-10 play.
Marquette University is a private, Catholic institution based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Boasting a student body of around 11,500 undergraduates and graduates, Marquette is one of the largest Jesuit universities in the country.
With the Golden Eagles as their mascot, the Marquette basketball program plays in the Big East Conference, where they have been a member since 2005. Prior to that, they called Conference USA home.
The Marquette basketball team is one of the more prestigious programs in the nation. Thursday’s game against the Huskies will mark the university’s seventh trip to the NCAA Tournament in the past 10 years.