For much of the season I've said Michigan State and Arizona, when at full strength, would provide a NCAA Championship game classic if the world was privy to such a game.
The way the bracket lays out means a Spartans-Wildcats title bout is a very real possibility.
Sure, both teams would have to win five games - against stiff competition no doubt - to reach the Monday night finale but Sean Miller's Wildcats and Tom Izzo's Spartans are more than up to the task.
I love the Spartans as a national title threat but Michigan State's road to the Final Four and national title game is much stiffer than Arizona's. Therefore, and it's somewhat of a cop-out, I took Arizona to win this matchup because I think it's more likely the Wildcats are one of two teams standing than the Spartans. That said, however, this would be a juicy matchup that either team could win. (It's why my 3-year-old son Liam's bracket has Michigan State beating Arizona in the title game).
For the rest of the bracket there really aren't any strange or outlandish picks. The Big Ten is really, really good and that's one reason I have two Big Ten teams in the Final Four (MSU and Michigan) as well as another in the Elite Eight (Wisconsin).
Our other writer, Mike Harkins, likes Arizona as well, but not as much as he like Florida to stay unbeaten in 2014. Mike has Florida knocking off Arizona in the title game. However, before you think his bracket is full of chalk notice that he has a six seed (Baylor), seven seed (UConn) and eight seed (Kentucky) in his Sweet 16 along with Iowa State and Kentucky rounding out his Final Four. So no, this is not a chalk bracket by any stretch of the imagination.
Like any bracket (or pool for that matter) the strength is in the Final Four and title game. Having a great first weekend might help you top the standings on the first Sunday but ending up with only a pair of Elite Eight teams and one Final Four team is a recipe for finishing in the middle or bottom of your pool.