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Bracketology With Notable Penn Staters

You could say Onward State has caught March Madness fever. Earlier this week, we shared some notable Penn Staters to compete against. ESPN’s brackets were due Thursday and if you didn’t join their leagues, here’s some analysis of their picks.

Keegan-Michael Key

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Allen Robinson

A-Rob chose tradition over conventionalism. The Jaguars wide receiver went with four-seed Kentucky over Kansas in the final, matching two blue-bloods against each other instead of picking this year’s favorites, like North Carolina, Michigan State, or Oklahoma. He also has Baylor going to the Sweet Sixteen, which turned out to not be a good call Thursday night as 12-seed Yale pulled the upset and knocked the Bears out.

His first round upsets, based on seeding, are four nine-over-eights, then Pitt over Wisconsin, Gonzaga over Seton Hall, and Syracuse over Dayton. Other than Texas over Texas A&M and Kentucky over UNC, he doesn’t go against the grain. If the tournament plays out the way the selection committee expects, Robinson’s in a good spot. If you’re expecting some Madness, you might be better off than the Pro Bowler.

SportsCenter Anchors

Though not strictly Penn Staters, John Buccigross and Kevin Negandhi are among the locals’ favorite sports personalities — Bucci for his support of Penn State and college hockey at large, and Negandhi for his support of THON.

Buccigross was pretty standard in his Final Four with Kansas, Oklahoma, and Michigan State, but Xavier is pretty uncommon — and that’s his winner over Oklahoma in the final. Other than a run by St. Joe’s to the Elite Eight and a short run by Seton Hall, it’s also pretty much by the book.

Negandhi doesn’t have any unexpected teams breaking out and his Final Four is kind of basic — one-seeds Kansas and North Carolina and two-seeds Oklahoma and Michigan State seem like the most popular picks to win their brackets, then he has Sparty over Kansas in the championship.


User psu1010 is in sole possession of first place in the Onward State pool with his or her “marching for glory” bracket. Other than incorrectly picking Purdue over Little Rock (to be fair, who didn’t pick that), psu1010 is perfect after Thursday night. If you’re one of the 80+ members of our group, you have work to do to catch up.


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Doug Leeson

Doug is a sophomore and Onward State's Assistant Managing Editor. Dislikes: popcorn, Rutgers, and a low #TimberCount. Likes: "Frozen," Rec Hall, and you. Contact him via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @DougLeeson.

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