You will need to take your time filling out the brackets for the NCAA tournament this year. With no clear number one favorite, March Madness promises to be crazier than ever in 2013.
As you contemplate which quartet of teams will comprise the Final Four, my advice is to play some music to accompany your thoughts. Here are ten song titles you may want to put on your playlist, all of which contain the name of one of the 68 teams in their titles.
“Oklahoma Hills” by Arlo Guthrie: Written by his legendary father Woody, this track from the son’s Running Down the Road offers a nostalgic look at the state Papa once considered home before embarking on his rambling ways. The team is a number five seed that will have trouble getting past its first round opponent, Oregon.
“Indiana Wants Me” by R. Dean Taylor: The song is about a fugitive running from the law of the Hoosier State. It would be an even bigger crime should the college lose its first round game against 16 seed LIU Brooklyn or James Madison.
“Suzy Cincinnati” by the Beach Boys: This catchy tune is one of the highlights of 15 Big Ones. The Bearcats of that city will need more than 15 big ones from its scoring trio of Sean Kilpatrick, Cashmere Wright and Jaquin Parker to knock off 7-seeded Creighton.
“Going Down to Mississippi” by Phil Ochs: The anti-Vietnam folk protest singer criticized racism on this track from A Toast to Those Who Are Gone. A similar toast is likely to be given to Ole Miss, which will likely be gone after facing 5-seeded Wisconsin.
“Duke of Earl” by Gene Chandler: The pop star hit #1 with this tune in 1962, and Coach K is hoping to do the same with his Duke Blue Devils at the end of March.
“Memphis” by Chuck Berry: “Long distance information” starts the chart-topping song, and the city’s school will have to go an even longer distance down the road to the Final Four.
“Arizona” by Mark Lindsay: This song about the hippie movement was the first hit for the singer after leaving Paul Revere and the Raiders. The state’s Wildcats have better odds of making the Final Four than Revere’s Minute Men did of conquering the Redcoats in the Revolution.
“California” by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band: The pop group placed this number on their best album, Watch. The Golden Bears will have to keep a careful watch on their first round opponent, 5-seeded UNLV.
“Southern Man” by Neil Young: This After the Gold Rush hit from the influential singer-songwriter and leader of Crazy Horse sparked criticism from Lynyrd Skynyrd, who blasted him in “Sweet Home Alabama.” Southern University will get nothing but praise if they win their first round game against top-seeded Gonzaga.
“Ohio” by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: Neil penned this song about the tragedy at Kent State. Fans of the Buckeyes would take it hard if their basketball team fell to 15-seeded Iona in round one.