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College basketball expert gives advice for your March Madness bracket

Greg Peterson, a college basketball expert from Hortonville and now working in Las Vegas, says bracket enthusiasts should be patient this year.
Posted at 10:18 PM, Mar 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-16 23:18:07-04

There are a number of differences with this year's NCAA Tournament.

All the games are being played in Indiana. And, then there's the fact that any positive COVID-19 test could shut down any program at any moment.

One of the nation's top college basketball analyst said its important for bracket enthusiasts to be patient in the days leading up to the big dance.

"Just taking a look at that information," Greg Peterson, a Hortonville native who now works with VSiN in Las Vegas, said. "Being able to gather as much of that as humanly possible, and waiting until the last minute to submit your bracket I think is something that must be done."

If the NCAA's bubble in Indianapolis prevents COVID-19 spread, Peterson thinks this year's tournament should operate like normal: Filled with excitement and upsets. In fact, he's picking a big upset in the first round: 15th-seeded Oral Roberts over 2nd-seeded Ohio State in the first round.

"I think Oral Roberts has a shot to go for the jugular as a 15 seed," he said.

ORU has the top scoring duo in the nation and also came from a difficult conference in the Summit League.

As for the Badgers? Peterson has them losing in the first round, but said they could make some noise if things go right.

"Their ceiling is they're going to be able to test (No. 1-seeded) Baylor (in the second round) because this is a Wisconsin team that - when they're on from three point range they have a lot of good shooters," Peterson said.

"D'Mitrik Trice, Brad Davison, these are guys that have been there, done that," he added. "This is a team that, they do have a lot of potential."

No. 9 Wisconsin plays No. 8 North Carolina in the first round of the tournament on Friday at 6:10 p.m. in West LaFayette, Ind.

Peterson has Illinois, the No. 1 seed from the Midwest Region, defeating Gonzaga, the No. 1 seed in the West Region, for the national title.

Peterson works in Las Vegas now, but he has Fox Valley roots. He grew up in Hortonville and graduated from UW-Oshkosh in 2015 before beginning his career in sports media.

He has now forged himself into one of the foremost voices in college basketball bracketology and betting. He has more than 30,000 followers on Twitter. He is regularly published in the New York Post and his podcast - "Hooping with Hoops" - is among the top 100-most-listened-to podcasts on Apple Podcasts.

"I always knew what I wanted to do," he said. "I always wanted to work in sports.

"What I think was just so big for me, growing up in the area , is that nobody everybody told me I couldn't do it," he said. "The people in the area always encouraged me to chase my dreams and that anything is possible."