Final Four Picks, Sleepers, Top Players

It’s one of the big days — one of the best weeks, really — on the sports calendar: Round 1 of the NCAA Men’s Tournament begins Thursday with a packed slate of 16 games. Cinderellas will try on slippers, parentheses will be broken.

The Post has dispatched five writers to cover the first rounds: Zach Braziller (after a stop in Dayton, Ohio, for the First Four) and Steve Serby are in San Diego to cover Seton Hall (but not Rutgers, alas) as the pirates attempt to reach the Sweet 16; Mike Vaccaro went to Buffalo, where headliners include UConn and Providence; Mark Cannizzaro traveled to Indianapolis, where Saint Peter’s will try to work a miracle against Kentucky; and Ian O’Connor is in Greenville, SC, where Duke begins its quest to send Mike Krzyzewski into retirement with a national title.

To get into the March Madness spirit – and to help you with last-minute bracket prep – we asked each of our guys to share the story they’re watching in this tournament and the players they have the can’t wait to see. They also shared picks for a dormant team to watch and of course their predictions for the Final Four and team remained standing with the trophy as “One Shining Moment” plays out in New Orleans.

Zach Braziller

Final Four: Gonzaga, Kentucky, Tennessee, Iowa

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