Barrera's Bracket: 2021


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One thing I love about the bracket is how frustrating It can be to fill It out. First, it's tough looking at games differently than from a Gambling perspective. I might lean toward Grand Canyon keeping It close to Iowa, but I’m certainly not picking against the Hawkeyes. Imagine that type of discussion in my head for every pick! Regardless, there is nothing better to me than a finished bracket, so here are my choices and thoughts! You will also see my completed bracket at the bottom of this piece.


West Region


Region Winner

Gonzaga. It’s really not even a question to me that the Zags will take care of whoever they face in their region. They are elite. Some teams may keep it close, but I think they handle their business.


Upsets

I have both the Gauchos and Ohio advancing to the second round. In my opinion, I believe Creighton and UVA have weaknesses that these lower-seeded offenses will exploit. I then have UCSB beating Ohio. I know Chalk usually wins a bracket, but this year just feels different. Don’t be surprised to see madness like never before. One more thing on the Gauchos. They are a talented team with a handful of down transfers, including their star player McLaughlin. Specifically, a few members of their squad are from Oregon, Depaul, and Oregon State. UCSB certainly has a skilled roster.


Dark Horse

USC is a weird upset choice for me. Evan Mobley is an NBA talent, and they are a big team that can be tough for anyone to game plan against. Even though I like Drake, I don’t think they have seen the skill level of the Trojans yet. Next, USC is facing a possibly short handed Kansas team. Although I do believe they fall to Iowa and Garza, don’t be surprised if USC can pull off a run with their favorable matchups.


ATS Choice - Grand Canyon

They are 5-0 ATS as underdogs, and 75% overall. They also beat a solid Nevada team, only lost by 1 vs Arizona State, and kept It to 10 with Colorado. I grabbed them at +14.5. Iowa’s defense has been better of late, but I still don’t trust It to keep the Lopes away by more than 14.


East Region