Historically the last place you want to go for advice on an NCAA tournament bracket is a baseball clubhouse, which means it’s the perfect time to solicit the opinion of a handful of Texas Rangers on this very subject.
First baseman Mitch Moreland ran from this as did outfielder Delino Deshields. Total cowards.
“I got my whole bracket done,” Rangers reliever Sam Freeman said Tuesday morning.
That’s a good man.
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Mr. Freeman attended the University of Kansas for one year and is a committed Jayhawks fan and believer.
I asked four Texas Rangers - Freeman, reliever Tom Wilhemnsen, outfielder Drew Stubbs and reliever Shawn Tolleson - to each fill out one region.
Stubbs played at the University of Texas. Tolleson is from Arizona and is a fan of the University of Arizona. Tolleson played at Baylor.
SAM FREEMAN: South Region
With the exception of No. 10 Temple over No. 7 Iowa in the first round, Freeman went heavy with the chalk. He has Kansas going to the title game.
“KU is winning it this year,” Freeman said.
Regional winner: Kansas
DREW STUBBS: West Region
The Longhorn bias is heavy in this bracket. Stubbs has his Horns advancing past a second round matchup against Texas A&M and into the Elite 8 where they will play Duke.
Regional winner: Duke
TOM WILHEMSEN, East Region
Tom goes out on a limb and picked the winner of the playin game between Michigan and Tulsa to pull off a major upset in the 11-6 game; he has Michigan defeating No. 6 Notre Dame to advance to the round of 32. He also has No. 10 Pitt winning its first round game.
After that, he went with the favorites.
Regional winner: North Carolina
SHAWN TOLLESON, Midwest Region
Despite his allegiance to Baylor, Tolleson is not afraid to go with a Big 12 rival - he has Texas Tech advancing all the way to the Elite 8. That’s a bold strategy, Cotton.
Regional winner: Michigan State
National Semifinal No. 1: North Carolina vs. Michigan State
Tolleson picks Michigan State
National Semifinal No. 2: Kansas vs. Duke
Freeman picks Kansas.
National title game: Kansas vs. Michigan State
Freeman picks Kansas