Howdy. I'm Matt Todd. My wife and I have four kids and a dog,. I'm passionate about orphan care. I'm a die-hard fan of the Evansville Aces, the Indiana Hoosiers, and Star Wars. I'm trying to live life by the Todd family motto: "It behooves us to live!"

Our Final Four Picks

Not a stellar year of picking in the Todd family. Alyson’s bracket didn’t get saved, so we don’t know what her picks really were. Mihret never got the chance to pick. But we’ll definitely make sure she gets to pick hers next year. The way ours panned out this year, she’ll have no problem winning our pool in the very near future!

My Final Four (2011)
Ohio State
Duke
Notre Dame
BYU

Duke over Notre Dame

Even better? I only had one of the real Final Four teams (Kentucky, UConn, VCU, Butler) make it to the Sweet 16. I had Kentucky losing to Princeton in a first round upset (and I was oh-so-close. Too bad that only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades). I did, however, have VCU upset Georgetown and Butler beat Old Dominion – neither of these were picked by the majority of the “experts.”

Aiden’s Picks
Ohio State
San Diego State
Notre Dame
BYU

Ohio State over Notre Dame

Christy’s Picks
Syracuse
Duke
Purdue
Florida

Duke over Purdue

Of course, in the Todd household, we’re pulling for Butler all the way. But with our recent track record, I doubt any of us would have the guts to say they’re going to win. I’m thinking Butler Blue II will appreciate that.

Who did you pick? Any of them still around?

Who are you cheering for in this year’s Final Four?

Oh yeah…

GO DAWGS!!

Why I’m for Butler

The Butler bandwagon is alive and well.

Of course, many fans – especially Duke fans, I’d think – are complaining that the average person cheering for Butler to win tonight couldn’t find Butler on a map, doesn’t know where Hinkle Fieldhouse is, and thinks Hoosiers is about the Bulldogs. And most of the new-found fans probably joined the national basketball analysts in picking UTEP over Butler as the trendy 12-seed over 5-seed upset. And they may have a point. But there have been plenty of people jumping on the Duke and Carolina bandwagons over the years, so I don’t know if they really have room to complain.

I grew up a fan of the Purple Aces of the University of Evansville. And as I’ve stated before, I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Xavier and Butler because of the intense rivalries they had with UE during the old MCC days. I remember being beyond giddy when Xavier upset Georgetown in the 1990 tournament. It was a tremendous victory for the entire conference (much like SEC fans chanted “SEC! SEC!” when Arkansas won the championship many years ago).

I guess if I had to rank the teams I’m for, it’d be in this order:

1.) Evansville & Indiana – I’d probably say it’s a tie, although it’s much easier to follow IU because of media attention.

3.) Butler

4.) Tennessee

5.) Ball State

6.) Xavier

Even if I didn’t have this kind of allegiance, I’d probably be cheering for Butler anyway. It’s the classic David vs. Goliath story (although it’s not Hoosiers!) and it doesn’t hurt that the campus is about an hour away from us. Of course, it’s pretty easy to cheer for almost anyone who is playing against Duke.

So, I guess you could say I’m jumping on the Butler bandwagon. And I’ve got no problem with that. But don’t throw me in with those who know nothing about the program. I’ve even been to Hinkle (although I was cheering for the other team – see the above list if you don’t understand why).

So who are you cheering for tonight? Why?

And…who did you pick at the beginning of the tournament for this game? Now, be honest!

(Here’s who I picked)