Matt Wieters is that guy who picks Duke to win it all, and other things we've learned from Major Leaguers' brackets
Filling out an NCAA bracket says a lot about a person. Some pick favorites, some like a good Cinderella story but ultimately everyone just wants to be more right than their friends. As part of MLB's Back a Bracket sweepstakes, some Major Leaguers filled out brackets for us to peruse. Let the Madness commence:
Daniel Bard, pitcher, Red Sox
Looking at the Midwest, one thing is clear: Bard is not sold on Louisville, marking them down for an early exit from the tourney in the Sweet Sixteen. He also has a yen for Saint Louis, picking the Billikens to beat both Louisville and perennial powerhouse Duke.
Indiana is the only 1-seed to reach the Final Four according to Bard, who has the electric Victor Oladipo and his Hoosiers besting the Buckeyes in the championship game.
Mat Latos, pitcher, Reds
Much like Bard, Latos picked only one top seed to reach the Final Four: Gonzaga. There are a few upsets sprinkled through the Cincy starter's predictions, most notably Oregon defeating Oklahoma State and Saint Louis to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.
Latos seems to like the programs from Florida a lot -- not a surprise considering he grew up in the state. Unfortunately, the Florida pride only goes so far, as Latos sees Gonzaga as the presumptive champs, narrowly defeating the Gators 68-65.
Troy Tulowitzki, shortstop, Rockies
Oregon gets a lot of love from the big leaguers, with Tulowitzki joining Matt Wieters and Latos in picking the Ducks to beat Oklahoma State. He also predicts early exits for Louisville, Gonzaga and Kansas, keeping each out of the Elite Eight.
"2Low" (as he signs his bracket) ultimately agrees with Daniel Bard, picking the the Hoosiers to win the title over Michigan State, 71-64.
Matt Wieters, catcher, Orioles
There's one guy in every pool who picks Duke to win it all, and Wieters is that guy this year. He, like Latos, picked Oregon over Oklahoma State. But unlike Latos, he doesn't think Gonzaga will make it past Pittsburgh.
Rounding out the Final Four alongside the Blue Devils are Georgetown, New Mexico and Indiana. The switch-hitting catcher thinks Indiana will be too much for Otto Porter and the Hoyas to handle, but ultimately it will all be an afterthought. Duke will win, the sun will rise, One Shining Moment will reverberate around Durham, NC, and all will be right in basketball-land.
Josh Donaldson, third baseman, Athletics
Josh Donaldson cares not for your seedings, NCAA Selection Committee. Arizona? Ha! UCLA? Nice try. Oh really, New Mexico? You thought you could take down mighty Harvard? Think again.
Donaldson marked eight upsets in the first round alone. Note that Duke and Kansas don't even make it to the Sweet Sixteen. This bracket should have been etched into the side of Dodge Charger, because it is awesome and it is perfect.
Donaldson's Final Four features a great Cinderella matchup between an upstart Cincinnati team and 11-seed Belmont. On the other side of the bracket, he believes UNC and James Michael McAdoo can right the ship and meet up with Miami in the semifinal. The Bearcats ultimately take the title, but only after a duel with Shane Larkin's Hurricanes.
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