Sounders FC midfielder Steve Zakuani is probably one of the few people in America picking 15th-seeded Akron to upset No, 2 Notre Dame in the Southwest Regional. But that’s understandable. Zakuani played college soccer at Akron before being selected by the Sounders in the first round of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. If the Zips pull off the upset, look for Zakuani to be leading the local celebration. “I will be wearing all my old college gear around town, absolutely,” he said.
Bracket strategy: “First I go with the most dominant teams I know about. If I don’t know about a team, then I go with their history.”
Biggest upset: No. 15-seeded Akron over second-seeded Notre Dame. “That’s picking completely with my heart,” Zakuani said.
How far will Washington go? Zakuani has the Huskies beating Georgia on Friday, then losing to North Carolina.
How far will Gonzaga go? Not far, according to Zakuani. “St. John’s will beat them” in tonight’s game, he said.
Zakuani’s Final Four: Ohio State, Duke, Kansas, Pitt
National champion: Ohio State