Charles Barkley, an NCAA Tournament analyst for the first time for CBS and Turner, does not have a formal bracket out yet, but he has a national champion. Barkley predicts that the Kansas Jayhawks will win the 2011 NCAA Tournament championship, like colleague Seth Davis and ESPN's Jay Bilas.
Barkley believes the Jayhawks are the most well-rounded team, followed by Pittsburgh, Ohio State and Duke. He said he does not believe there is a clear-cut winner, but of the choices, he likes Kansas the most. Barkley has been critical of Ohio State in the past because he believes the Buckeyes do not impose their will on their opponents.
As far as sleeper teams, Barkley said that Purdue, the No. 3 seed in the Southwest region, and Arizona, the No. 5 seed in the West region. Purdue is always well-coached, said Barkley, and Arizona of course has Derrick Williams, a top NBA Draft prospect.