After David got done picking the "Belmountain Bruins" to win the national championship, it was my 5-year-old daughter Hanah's turn to make her selections.
I named each team in the same manner as I did for David: Team name and mascot.
Hanah's formula for success became apparent almost immediately.
She became of the Butler Bulldogs last year and hasn't forgotten about them, so Butler was an automatic pick all the way to the Final Four.
When I got to the Maryland Baltimore County Retrievers, she squealed with delight because it reminded her of our dog, Gus, a 1-year-old Golden Retriever. The Butler Bulldogs had met their match.
On the other side of the bracket, Kentucky was an easy pick for Hanah because Kentucky is where we took our first official family vacation a couple years ago. Until our trip to Florida last year, Hanah was convinced there couldn't be a better place on earth than Kentucky. So, Kentucky made it to the Final Four with no problem.
Finally, the San Diego Toreros quickly earned Hanah's favor because she has a set of great grandparents who live in San Diego and that's where our next family trip is going to be later this year. The Toreros will be happy to know they're going to make it to the Final Four this year.
Now, Hanah faced a dilemma because she loves the Butler Bulldogs, she loves the UMBC Retrievers, she loves Kentucky and she loves San Diego. It was actually quite thrilling to watch her decide which she loved the most.
The Retrievers ousted the Butler Bulldogs in one semifinal while San Diego got the better of Kentucky in the other. As for the National Championship Game, the UMBC Retrievers have stolen Hanah's heart. Sorry Toreros!
Hope this helps you with your picks.