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March: It’s Madness

JR Stauff ’19 and Connor Pignatello ’19
After 68 of the best college basketball teams in the world clash, only one winner will prevail. And it is up to you to predict that winner. 
From March 14 to April 3, 67 exhilarating games will be played to determine a national champion. By filling out a bracket for March Madness, you can choose the story. Nearly endless possibilities go into creating a bracket -- 9.2 quintillion, to be exact.  Will you pick the teams based on advanced stats or your gut feeling? Will you pick the top seeds to succeed, creating a Final Four made up of super-teams? Or will you pick the underdog to win and make a Cinderella run to the title game. Will you pick a team laden with pro talent, or will you select the squad made up of nobodies who gel and produce improbable wins? No matter how you make your picks, it will only take a few minutes, and hey, maybe you can be the first person to fill one out completely correct.  Below, find some Hopkins opinions on what team will take the ‘ship.

“UNC has a chance to go all the way this year because of the increased perimeter shooting percentages from Justin Jackson and Joel Berry. It adds a new element to their traditionally inside-focused game.” -Lena Gerritz ’17

“Let’s go with Duke. I’m a big Grayson Allen fan.”
-Alessandro Amoedo ’20

“I’d like Kentucky to win the big dance. No one in the country can keep up with De’Aaron Fox, and Malik Monk is lighting it up from downtown. Bam Adebayo is a beast, too. They play suffocating defense, which is hard to beat when the game is on the line. When March comes around, the Wildcats will be rolling and I see them winning it all.”  -Jack Dove ’19

“I vote Kansas; natty champs!”
 -Lydia McGrath ’17

“I think that North Carolina will win because they got second place last year and they still have a bunch of their starters. So I think they’ll win this year because they got so close last year.”
 -Jamie Donovan ’19

“I like March Madness because anything can happen and there are things that nobody expects. I think Villanova will win because they won last year on that crazy buzzer-beating three.”
 -Theo Tellides ’19

“I think UCLA will win because of Lonzo Ball; that’s the entire reason, they have a member of the Ball family on their roster.”
 -Jordan Shand ’19

“I’m going to say the University of Kansas. I’m running with the Jayhawks because I watched them play against Baylor and I saw them beat Kentucky and they looked great.” 
-John Roberts, Assistant Head of School

“I’m picking Wisconsin because of my rich midwestern roots”
 -Ryan Goos ’19
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