The best time of year is here

The bubble talk is over, baby! We know which teams took a bubble bath as the field of 68 is set.

Let the games begin.

The top four seeds are Kentucky, Duke, Villanova and Wisconsin, not exactly a surprise. I was a bit shocked that Virginia was not rewarded for its regular season. Its losses were all down to the wire, to Duke, Notre Dame and North Carolina. There were a couple of interesting seeds, as LSU was a No. 9 seed and not one of the last teams in.

I find it tough when mediocrity is rewarded. Teams from power conferences get a number of chances to improve their RPI. I felt bad for Murray State, Miami, Temple, Colorado State, Old Dominion and Richmond being left out of the field. Unfortunately, we go through this every year, as teams number 69, 70 and 71 are disappointed and end up in the NIT. Now it is time to look ahead to the greatest three weeks in all of sports.

I think the committee did a very good job overall. There are some interesting potential matchups, like Wichita State-Kansas, Butler-Notre Dame. I know they are not matching up these games intentionally, but it is intriguing for the fans.

There are many great storylines in the tournament. Steve Masiello coaching at Manhattan, could face Kentucky, where he played. Masiello went back and got his degree before the season as part of a requirement to coach the Jaspers again.

Kevin Ware is back in the tournament. You remember him from the terrible injury while he was at Louisville. He is back in the Big Dance with Georgia State.

Georges Niang and Brandon Ashley missed time in the NCAA tournament due to injuries last season. Both will have another shot this time around.

As for my picks to go to the Final Four, I like Kentucky, Arizona, Virginia and Gonzaga. I am going with the 'Cats to beat Gonzaga in the title game.

Enjoy March Madness, baby!