Red Bull Bracketologists
Our analysts aren’t the caliber of ESPN’s Dickie V or Digger, but Red Bull Racing Team has its own crack staff of bracketologists. Below, they weigh in on the NCAA tournament.
AJ Allmendinger, No. 84 driver — Final Four: North Carolina, Kansas, Texas and UCLA. Champion: Kansas defeats Texas. Analysis: “We’re going all Big 12 in the championship game. But I like Kansas. They’re just too tough. They have been all year. If you need any help with your bracketology, just call me.”
Jay Frye, general manager and vice president — Final Four: Oklahoma, Kansas State, Texas and Texas A&M. Champion: Texas defeats any Big 12 team. Analysis: Being a former football player at the University of Missouri, Frye refuses to pick hated rival Kansas to do anything significant.
Aaron Schields, No. 83 front tire carrier, Kansas native and former University of Kansas student — Final Four: Tennessee, Kansas, Memphis and Duke. Champion: Kansas defeats Duke. Analysis: “I’ve studied the bracket, mulled it over many times. Kansas has depth and senior leadership. We’ve been there before and know what it takes.”
Ben Cook, strength and conditioning coach and Tar Heel through and through — Final Four: North Carolina, Kansas, Texas and UCLA. Champion: UCLA defeats North Carolina. Analysis: “My heart says North Carolina, but the sensible pick is UCLA. I’m worried about (UNC guard) Ty Lawson and his injury. He’s a catalyst, and we need someone to get the ball into Tyler Hansbrough.”
Two more to chew on …
Shaun Peet, No. 83 jack man — Final Four: Tennessee, Kansas, Stanford and UCLA. Champion: Kansas defeats UCLA.
Brian Dheel, No. 84 catch can man — Final Four: North Carolina, Kansas, Texas and UCLA. Champion: Kansas defeats UCLA.