Skip to main content

Um, ESPN already has a March Madness bracket ... and it includes the Gophers

It's December but ESPN's Joe Lunardi is already mocking up March Madness brackets.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

It was a cloudy day on Dec. 8 when ESPN's Joe Lunardi got so bored that he actually made a mock NCAA Tournament bracket.

Not a football bracket. Not a hockey bracket. Not a lacrosse bracket. Joe Lunardi made a men's basketball bracket.

By now you're probably shocked that someone is making a bracket in December. But get this, Lunardi started making these brackets back on Nov. 3. This is his fifth one.

March Madness officially begins March 14. I only know that because TNT was running promos for it during the Wolves-Raptors game on Thursday night. That's like 100 days from now.

But we'll throw Lunardi a page view because at least he has the Gophers in the big dance as a No. 11 seed playing No. 6 Arizona.

To make this more interesting, GoMN Sports producer Aaron Ziemer has agreed to eat a pound of lutefisk with his hands (and his nails painted in Gopher colors) if Lunardi is right. Ziemer does not like lutefisk, nor does he enjoy painting his fingernails.

Check back when stuff like this actually matters.

Good luck, Z-Man.

Next Up

Willmar Police Department

Police: Suspect arrested in Willmar after firing gun at officer

The incident led to a manhunt that lasted into early Sunday morning.

Monti Ossenfort

Vikings lead off general manager interviews with Monti Ossenfort

Several candidates will interview for the job this week.

Payton Willis

Gophers' rally comes up short, lose to Iowa

The Gophers came back from a 23-point deficit but couldn't complete the comeback.

pixabay-fire-truck-side-close

Firefighters respond to smoke-filled cabin to find man asleep inside

A wood stove was determined to be the cause of the smoke.

snow plow msp airport

MSP snowplow drivers reach contract agreement after threatening strike

Teamsters Local 320 reached an agreement with the Metropolitan Airports Commission Saturday.

Kellen Moore

What you should know about the Vikings' head coach candidates

Seven candidates were revealed on Saturday morning.

20211010_Vikings_Lions_REG05_1119 (2)

What is the next Minnesota Vikings GM inheriting?

A look at the strengths and weaknesses of the Vikings' roster and situation

ambulance

Man dies after being 'punched in the head' during altercation in Duluth

A 46-year-old man is in custody and facing 1st-degree manslaughter charges.

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders says Zimmer, Spielman hadn't spoken 'in months'

Sanders' comments revealed some of the Vikings' issues last season.

police tape, crime scene

Brooklyn Park man pleads guilty in 2020 fatal drive-by shooting

Devon Manley will be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years.

Related

Um, ESPN already has a March Madness bracket ... and it includes the Gophers

It's December but ESPN's Joe Lunardi is already mocking up March Madness brackets.

Updated bracketology: Gophers rise at CBS, fall at ESPN

For the first time in a long time the Gophers are not considered "on the bubble."

Updated bracketology: Gophers rise at CBS, fall at ESPN

For the first time in a long time the Gophers are not considered "on the bubble."

March Madness: Gophers get 5-seed, will play Middle Tennessee

The Gophers open the NCAA tourney Thursday against Middle Tennessee.

March Madness: Gophers get 5-seed, will play Middle Tennessee

The Gophers open the NCAA tourney Thursday against Middle Tennessee.

Pitino says meeting his dad's team in the tourney would be 'the lamest thing ever'

Could Minnesota be headed towards a March matchup with Louisville?

Pitino says meeting his dad's team in the tourney would be 'the lamest thing ever'

Could Minnesota be headed towards a March matchup with Louisville?

Gophers are top 15 in ESPN's early men's college basketball poll

ESPN's Myron Medcalf says the Gophers will compete for a Big Ten title.