Behrend Reacts: Who’s your pick to win the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament?


By Steve Orbanek
Marketing Communications Specialist, Penn State Behrend

It’s the end of March, which means the madness is well underway.

For weeks, sports fans have meticulously crafted their NCAA Division I men’s basketball bracket selections in search of a winner.

So, who you got?

The Sweet Sixteen begin today, which means that even more brackets are sure to get busted.

We asked Penn State Behrend students who they think will emerge from this year’s field.

Emelie Linder

Emelie Linder, freshman, Marketing and Economics: “I think Kentucky because it’s already been unexpected that they’ve made it this far.”

Kari Mild

Kari Mild, freshman, Elementary Education: “Tennessee because I really like that state and want to move there someday.”

Alexandra Sorce

Alexandra Sorce, freshman, Community and Economic Development: “Louisville because last season, (Louisville player) Kevin Ware had a radical knee injury and you deserve something if you pop your knee out like that.”

Mary Beth Cartier

Mary Beth Cartier, sophomore, Arts Administration: “Kentucky because both of my cousins went there, and they’re usually a really good team.”

Aaron Scheel

Aaron Scheel, junior, Computer Science: “Michigan because it would make my older brother very happy.”

Matt Panetta

Matt Panetta, sophomore, Computer Science: “Florida because I picked them in the ESPN Bracket Challenge.”

Khardiata Mbengue

Khardiata Mbengue, junior, Biology: “UCLA because there’s warm weather there, and their blood will be flowing better.”

Paul Toma

Paul Toma, junior, Finance: “Dayton because I like rooting for the underdogs.”

Brandon Siebauer

Brandon Siebauer, freshman, Plastics Engineering Technology: “Louisville because they’re 31-5.”

Jacob Foglia

Jacob Foglia, freshman, Electrical Engineering: “I’m going to go with Florida because they have Scottie Wilbekin, and I think he’s the strongest player in the tournament.”

Behrend Reacts is a regular Thursday feature at the Behrend Blog that tries to get the campus pulse on a current topic, whether it’s serious or trivial. If you have a question to suggest for Behrend Reacts, please email Steve Orbanek at

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