March is one of the best times of the year for many sports fans, and that extends to current athletes. Celtics rookies E’Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson are basketball fans as well as players, and they were nice enough to participate in Boston.com’s bracket challenge. Both players are a year removed from playing at Purdue, so they’re more than qualified give us their take on this year’s NCAA Tournament field.
Some details first:
— You can sign up for our bracket challenge here. Deadline is 12:15 p.m. to get overall brackets done, and first-round picks completed in the round-by-round contest.
— You can view all of Moore and Johnson’s picks here, as well as the picks of some Globe experts. You can sign up to compete against them as well.
Now the nitty gritty.
Final Four: Kentucky, Missouri, Vanderbilt and Purdue
Upsets: No. 15 Detroit over No. 2 Kansas in the Midwest. Upset of the tournament, he is calling it. One interesting note is that Globe sports editor Joe Sullivan also likes Detroit in this game, saying it’s not impossible. Moore also has Indiana in the Sweet 16.
Analysis: “Purdue’s aggressive play will bother teams throughout the tournament” (Moore and Johnson are both Purdue alums).
Final Four: Baylor, Missouri, Florida St. and North Carolina.
Upsets: Baylor over Kentucky in the South region. Wisconsin over Syracuse in the East.
Analysis: Johnson says Missouri is peaking at the right time. Says, “Carolina has too many weapons, they are the best team with the most balance.”