I was checking out the expert picks at ESPN.com this morning, and in them, I found a hearty little nugget of gold. You see, Fran Fraschilla predicted way back in November that Ohio State, Duke, Kansas and Pitt would be in the Final Four. Lo and behold, those are your four #1 seeds, and so Fran wanted to capitalize by proving his prognosis with a link. Obviously we have a few weeks to go here before anything is official, but if you weren't questioning the "expert" label ESPN provides their employees, perhaps now you will.
Jay Bilas: Syracuse, Kansas, Michigan State over Duke
Eamonn Brennan: Kansas State, Michigan State, Duke over Ohio State
Pat Forde: Pittsburgh, Kansas State, Duke over Michigan State
Fran Fraschilla: Kansas, Ohio State, Duke over Pittsburgh
Doug Gottlieb: Kansas State, Gonzaga, Duke over Illinois
Andy Katz: Pittsburgh, Kansas State, Michigan State over Duke
Diamond Leung: Pittsburgh, Florida, Duke over Michigan State
Joe Lunardi: Ohio State, Florida, Gonzaga over Michigan State
Dana O'Neil: Kansas State, Michigan State, Duke over Syracuse
Dick Vitale: Villanova, Ohio State, Duke over Michigan State
The final tallies, followed by that school's current seed...
Duke - 9 (7 to win championship) ... #1 seed
Michigan State - 8 (2 to win championship) ... #10 seed
Kansas State - 5... #5 seed
Ohio State - 4... #1 seed
Pitt - 4... #1 seed
Gonzaga - 2 (1 to win championship) .. #11 seed
Florida - 2... Hilarious and inexplicable #2 seed
Syracuse - 2... #3 seed
Kansas - 2 (Bilas and Fraschilla)... #1 seed
Villanova - 1... #9 seed
Illinois - 1 (Between this and Gonzaga, not Gottlieb's finest moment)... #9 seed
If you're watching and reading ESPN this week, I'd caution you against following any expert picks.