2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: The Sports Thread's Modified Bracket for the Third Round
For some teams in this bracket, that is a terrible season. Since some of you may wonder who I will be picking in third-round action featuring teams that I did not pick to win in the second round, I have filled out this updated bracket.
The changes made to my bracket are indicated by the asterisk symbols.
If there is a silver lining to my "official" bracket, it is that only one team that I predicted to go to the Elite Eight has already been eliminated. I guess those referees at the Big East Tournament weren't in Denver on Thursday to help St. John's.
Another silver lining comes from the Texas/Oakland game. Although I picked Oakland to upset the Longhorns, I picked Texas to win or lose by single digits against Oakland in ESPN.com's Streak for the Cash, so I won some bragging rights among the Herald & Review's sports department.
But I have learned my lesson: Don't mess with Texas. Therefore, I'm picking the Longhorns to beat an Arizona team that looked weak at crucial times against Memphis.
The Wisconsin/Kansas State matchup was a tough one to pick. This could be a good game, with guards Jordan Taylor and Jacob Pullen dueling for a trip to the Sweet Sixteen.
But the Wildcats from the Little Apple look like a team that is peaking at the right time.
So this is my modified bracket. But like I said about my "official" one, don't trust it.