CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein: “There Are Fifteen Mid-Majors That Have A Chance To Make A Run To The Sweet Sixteen”

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Mac Attack 3/12: CBS Sports John Rothstein calls in to talk about North Carolina’s path to the Final Four, whether or not Kansas got a favorable potential matchup in St. Louis against Carolina, Duke and Davidson’s chances in March, and why Georgetown will be the sleeper of the tournament.

Rothstein says this tournament is definitely still out for the taking, and he believes there are quite a few teams out there than can splash in to the Sweet 16.

“There 15 teams in the bracket that have a chance to go to the sweet 16…the bracket isn’t fun unless you roll the dice on someone…As we look at the way, North Carolina has their bracket set up, it sets up pretty well for North Carolina to get there in a regional finals…”

While he thinks UNC was well set up, he did not think they were given the easiest draw of the post season.

“I think Georgetown is the sleeper in their bracket…I think the Hoyas are the team to be in the final four in New Orleans.  …I think you can make the argument that Michigan State has the easiest draw…[But I believe that St. Louis has the power to beat Michigan State in round two…]……Keep an eye on Long Beach State…the biggest thing I like about this basketball team?  A core four of seniors…four seniors that will go a long way.  “

The bracket he thinks with the most at stake is Duke’s bracket.  He said whether or not Duke is able to make an appearance later in March will depend the strength of the team that shows up on the court.  He said they are known to play erratically and if that is the case over the weekend, the team will be in jeopardy.

“Duke has an interesting bracket…which Duke team are we getting?  …If Xavier gets by Notre Dame in round one, I think they have a good chance to beat Duke in round two…”

Rothstein admitted to an unexpected Final Four:  Kentucky, Missouri, Syracuse, Georgetown.  His picks are definitely not the majority, but also a good indicator that anything can happen during March Madness!

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