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By TOM JONES
Published March 15, 2007
Today begins what many believe is the three best weeks in sports. March Madness is upon us. With that in mind, we celebrate the NCAA Tournament with a look back, a look forward and a look sideways.
Five fearless first-round upset predictions
1 No. 12 Old Dominion over No. 5 Butler.
2 No. 9 Villanova over No. 8 Kentucky.
3 No. 11 VCU over No. 6 Duke.
4 No. 10 Gonzaga over No. 7 Indiana.
5 No. 10 Texas Tech over No. 7 Boston College.
The Schwab Five
ESPN producer and researcher Howie Schwab, who stars on his own trivia show Stump the Schwab, is a college basketball fanatic. He gives us his five best college teams ever.
1 1976 Indiana. "No doubt in my mind they were the best team. They had no stars, which shows how good of a team they were," Schwab said of the 32-0 team.
2 Lew Alcindor's UCLA. The Bruins, led by three-time tournament MVP Lew Alcindor (later, he became Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), went 88-2 over three seasons, winning the national title in 1967, 1968 and 1969. "Any of them would be second on my list," Schwab said.
3 1973 UCLA. "Bill Walton's UCLA had a couple of real good teams, but I'll take the '73 team because of his incredible performance in the finals." Walton made 21 of 22 shots for 44 points in what is considered the greatest performance in Final Four history in an 87-66 victory against Memphis State.
4 Bill Russell's San Francisco. Russell's Dons won 55 straight games at one point and won back-to-back titles in 1955 and 1956.
5 1984 Georgetown. "Full of big-time stars, guys who played in the NBA." Team was led by the great Patrick Ewing.
Three matchups we wouldn't mind seeing
1 Football's national championship could be repeated with a Florida-Ohio State meeting in the final.
2 UCLA coach Ben Howland could face his old Pitt team in the West Region semifinals.
3 Texas Tech coach Bob Knight could face his old Indiana team, but it's unlikely. Both teams would have to get to the championship game.
Six things you never knew about six schools you never heard of
Creighton: Omaha, Neb. Alumni of this Jesuit school include Michael P. Anderson, an astronaut killed aboard space shuttle Columbia, and Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson.
Belmont: Nashville. Most famous alum might be Melinda Doolittle, a current contestant on American Idol. Also, boasts Vince Gill and Amy Grant as season ticket-holders.
Weber State: Ogden, Utah. Notable graduates include Black & Decker CEO Nolan D. Archibald, T-Mobile CEO Robert Dotson and Ben Howland, the basketball coach at UCLA.
Wright State: Dayton, Ohio. Nicole Scherzinger, lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, was an acting major at the school but never graduated.
Winthrop: Rock Hill, S.C. Actress Andie MacDowell attended for one year but dropped out to sign with Elite Model Management. Wasn't an NCAA school in basketball until 1985-86.
Davidson: Davidson, N.C. President Woodrow Wilson started his higher education at the school before moving on to Princeton.
Four famous Final Four picks
Neil Patrick Harris (actor): Florida, UCLA, North Carolina, Ohio State. Champ: UCLA.