Our March Madness predictions: One (and a half?) winners out of two

The March Madness predictions made by my daughter Lora and me proved to be much less than spot-on. We haven't heard the final results of our pool yet, but I'm certain we finished far out of the money. But both last two games in the NCAA men's and women's basketball season were satisfying to watch, especially for Lora. Connecticut won the women's crown last night, capping what's got to be one of the most dominating tournament runs I've ever seen; the Huskies probably could have won each game by fifty points if they'd wanted to run up the score. On the men's side, North Carolina took care of Michigan State, which didn't seem ready for prime time despite playing a virtual home game. Lora had foreseen a Tar Heels championship, while I had tilted toward Pitt -- so we flipped a coin, with Pitt coming out on top. The Carolinians' victory means, then, that I'm in for eleven months of relentless ridicule -- until March Madness rolls around again.

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NCAA Tournament Bracket 2009: Men's

MIDWEST BRACKET, ROUND ONE:

Louisville over Morehead State CORRECT (Friday, 3-20) Siena over Ohio State CORRECT (Friday, 3-20) Utah over Arizona INCORRECT (Friday, 3-20) Wake Forest over Cleveland State INCORRECT (Friday, 3-20) West Virginia over Dayton INCORRECT (Friday, 3-20) Kansas over North Dakota State CORRECT (Friday, 3-20) USC over Boston College CORRECT (Friday, 3-20) Michigan State over Robert Morris CORRECT (Friday, 3-20)

WEST BRACKET, ROUND ONE:

Connecticut over Chattanooga -- CORRECT (Thursday, 3-19) BYU over Texas A&M -- INCORRECT (Thursday, 3-19) Purdue over Northern Iowa -- CORRECT (Thursday, 3-19) Mississippi State over Washington -- INCORRECT (Thursday, 3-19) Marquette over Utah State CORRECT (Friday, 3-20) Missouri over Cornell CORRECT (Friday, 3-20) Maryland over California -- CORRECT (Thursday, 3-19) Memphis over Cal. State Northridge -- CORRECT (Thursday, 3-19)

EAST BRACKET, ROUND ONE:

Pittsburgh over East Tennessee State CORRECT (Friday, 3-20) Oklahoma State over Tennessee CORRECT (Friday, 3-20) Florida State over Wisconsin INCORRECT (Friday, 3-20) Xavier over Portland State CORRECT (Friday, 3-20) UCLA over VCU -- CORRECT (Thursday, 3-19) Villanova over American -- CORRECT (Thursday, 3-19) Texas over Minnesota -- CORRECT (Thursday, 3-19) Duke over Binghamton -- CORRECT (Thursday, 3-19)

SOUTH BRACKET, ROUND ONE:

North Carolina over Radford -- CORRECT (Thursday, 3-19) Butler over LSU -- INCORRECT (Thursday, 3-19) Illinois over Western Kentucky -- INCORRECT (Thursday, 3-19) Gonzaga over Akron -- CORRECT (Thursday, 3-19) Arizona State over Temple CORRECT (Friday, 3-20) Syracuse over Stephen F. Austin CORRECT (Friday, 3-20) Clemson over Michigan -- INCORRECT (Thursday, 3-19) Oklahoma over Morgan State -- CORRECT (Thursday, 3-19)

MIDWEST BRACKET, ROUND TWO:

Louisville over Siena CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Wake Forest over Utah INCORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Kansas over West Virginia CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Michigan State over USC CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22)

WEST BRACKET, ROUND TWO:

Connecticut over BYU CORRECT (Saturday, 3-21) Purdue over Mississippi State CORRECT (Saturday, 3-21) Missouri over Marquette CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Memphis over Maryland CORRECT (Saturday, 3-21)

EAST BRACKET, ROUND TWO:

Pittsburgh over Oklahoma State CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Florida State over Xavier INCORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Villanova over UCLA CORRECT (Saturday, 3-21) Duke over Texas CORRECT (Saturday, 3-21)

SOUTH BRACKET, ROUND TWO:

North Carolina over Butler CORRECT (Saturday, 3-21) Gonzaga over Illinois CORRECT (Saturday, 3-21) Syracuse over Arizona State CORRECT (Sunday, 3-21) Oklahoma over Clemson CORRECT (Saturday, 3.21)

MIDWEST BRACKET, SWEET SIXTEEN:

Louisville over Wake Forest CORRECT (Friday, 3-26) Kansas over Michigan State INCORRECT (Friday, 3-26)

WEST BRACKET, SWEET SIXTEEN:

Connecticut over Purdue CORRECT (Thursday, 3-26) Memphis over Missouri INCORRECT (Thursday, 3-26)

EAST BRACKET, SWEET SIXTEEN:

Pittsburgh over Florida State CORRECT (Thursday, 3-26) Duke over Villanova INCORRECT (Thursday, 3-26)

SOUTH BRACKET, SWEET SIXTEEN:

North Carolina over Gonzaga CORRECT (Friday, 3-26) Syracuse over Oklahoma INCORRECT (Friday, 3-26)

MIDWEST BRACKET, ELITE EIGHT:

Louisville over Kansas CORRECT (Sunday, 3-29)

WEST BRACKET, ELITE EIGHT:

Memphis over Connecticut INCORRECT (Saturday, 3-28)

EAST BRACKET, ELITE EIGHT:

Pittsburgh over Duke INCORRECT (Saturday, 3-28)

SOUTH BRACKET, ELITE EIGHT:

North Carolina over Syracuse CORRECT (Sunday, 3-29)

FINAL FOUR:

Memphis over Louisville INCORRECT (Saturday, 4-4) Pittsburgh over North Carolina INCORRECT (Saturday, 4-4)

CHAMPIONSHIP:

Pittsburgh over Memphis INCORRECT (Monday, 4-6)

NCAA Tournament Bracket 2009: Women's

TRENTON BRACKET, ROUND ONE:

Connecticut over Vermont CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Florida over Temple CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Virginia over Marist CORRECT (Saturday, 3-21) California over Fresno State CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Arizona State over Georgia CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Florida State over North Carolina A&T CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Notre Dame over Minnesota INCORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Texas A&M over Evansville CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22)

BERKELEY BRACKET, ROUND ONE:

Duke over Austin Peay CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Michigan State over Middle Tennessee State CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Tennessee over Ball State INCORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Iowa State over East Tennessee State CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Texas over Mississippi State INCORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Ohio State over Sacred Heart CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) San Diego State over DePaul CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Stanford over UC Santa Barbara CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22)

RALEIGH BRACKET, ROUND ONE:

Maryland over Dartmouth CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Utah over Villanova CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Kansas State over Drexel CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Vanderbilt over Western Carolina CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Wisconsin Green Bay over LSU INCORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Louisville over Liberty CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) South Dakota State over TCU CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Baylor over UTSA CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22)

OKLAHOMA CITY BRACKET, ROUND ONE:

Oklahoma over Prairie View A&M CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Georgia Tech over Iowa CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Xavier over Gonzaga INCORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Pittsburgh over Montana CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Purdue over Charlotte CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) North Carolina over UCF CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Rutgers over VCU CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22) Auburn over Lehigh CORRECT (Sunday, 3-22)

TRENTON BRACKET, ROUND TWO:

Connecticut over Florida CORRECT (Tuesday, 3-24) California over Virginia CORRECT (Monday, 3-23) Florida State over Arizona State INCORRECT (Monday, 3-23) Notre Dame over Texas A&M INCORRECT (Tuesday, 3-24)

BERKELEY BRACKET, ROUND TWO:

Duke over Michigan State INCORRECT (Tuesday, 3-24) Tennessee over Iowa State INCORRECT (Tuesday, 3-24) Ohio State over Texas CORRECT (Monday, 3-23) Stanford over San Diego State CORRECT (Monday, 3-23)

RALEIGH BRACKET, ROUND TWO:

Maryland over Utah CORRECT (Tuesday, 3-24) Kansas State over Vanderbilt INCORRECT (Monday, 3-23) Louisville over Wisconsin Green Bay CORRECT (Tuesday, 3-24) Baylor over South Dakota State CORRECT (Tuesday, 3-24)

OKLAHOMA CITY BRACKET, ROUND TWO:

Oklahoma over Georgia Tech CORRECT (Tuesday, 3-24) Pittsburgh over Xavier CORRECT (Monday, 3-23) North Carolina over Purdue INCORRECT (Monday, 3-23) Auburn over Rutgers INCORRECT (Monday, 3-23)

TRENTON BRACKET, SWEET SIXTEEN:

Connecticut over California CORRECT (Sunday, 3-28) Florida State over Notre Dame INCORRECT (Sunday, 3-28)

BERKELEY BRACKET, SWEET SIXTEEN:

Duke over Tennessee INCORRECT (Saturday, 3-27) Stanford over Ohio State CORRECT (Saturday, 3-27)

RALEIGH BRACKET, SWEET SIXTEEN:

Maryland over Kansas State CORRECT (Saturday, 3-27) Baylor over Louisville INCORRECT (Saturday, 3-27)

OKLAHOMA CITY BRACKET, SWEET SIXTEEN:

Oklahoma over Pittsburgh CORRECT (Sunday, 3-28) North Carolina over Auburn INCORRECT (Sunday, 3-28)

TRENTON BRACKET, ELITE EIGHT:

Connecticut over Florida State CORRECT (Tuesday, 3-31)

BERKELEY BRACKET, ELITE EIGHT:

Duke over Stanford INCORRECT (Monday, 3-30)

RALEIGH BRACKET, ELITE EIGHT:

Baylor over Maryland INCORRECT (Monday, 3-30)

OKLAHOMA CITY BRACKET, ELITE EIGHT:

Oklahoma over North Carolina CORRECT (Tuesday, 3-31)

FINAL FOUR:

Connecticut over Duke CORRECT (Sunday, 4-5) Baylor over Oklahoma INCORRECT (Sunday, 4-5)

CHAMPIONSHIP:

Connecticut over Baylor CORRECT (Tuesday, 4-7)

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