GREENFIELD — One year after not a single team from Indiana made the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, us Hoosiers have plenty to cheer about this time around.

Five Indiana colleges were selected for the Big Dance. We, apparently, don’t expect to be cheering for long.

In the Daily Reporter’s annual polling of area “celebrities,” there is little conviction that a native university squad will make it to the Final Four. This doubt of Butler, Indiana, Notre Dame, Purdue and Valparaiso surely stems from their slot in the tourney.

Each of the state schools is in the Midwest Regional with Kentucky, which is on track to have the first undefeated championship season since Bobby Knight’s Hoosiers in 1976.

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Of the local big-wigs to express an opinion, David Spencer of NineStar Connect is predicting an upset. He said he believes Purdue will shock the world to win the Midwest Regional. And — wouldn’t you know it? — Spencer is a Purdue grad.

Our own staff writer, Kristy Deer, joins Spencer as the only other soothsayer picking the Wildcats to fall short of Indy. She said she believes Notre Dame will make to the Final Four, instead. The Irish have become a bit of a sleeper pick the past few days with national basketball prognosticators.

Here are the best Final Four guesses of the Daily Reporter sports staff:

Brian Harmon, sports editor

Kentucky

It’s a longshot, but Kentucky could have to go through three Indiana teams to get to Indianapolis. 

Arizona

Arizona finished on the wrong end of a 64-63 score to Wisconsin last season in an Elite 8 overtime thriller. Sean Miller’s team gets redemption this month.

Villanova

A year ago, Villanova fell in the third round to eventual champ Connecticut. These Wildcats will beat Kentucky for the national title.

Duke

Tempted to go with Larry Brown’s SMU squad here, but the Blue Devils are always the safe NCAA bet.

Jim Ayello, sportswriter

Kentucky

Size. Speed. Strength. Depth. What doesn’t this team have? Give them the title now.

Wisconsin

Bet on the best players in the biggest games, i.e. the Badgers’ Frank “The Tank” Kaminsky, who also happens to have one of the best nicknames in sports.

Virginia

Defense-first team rarely have off nights. Near-perfection is what it takes to make it to the Final Four.

Gonzaga

Few teams are more efficient at putting the ball in the basket.

Our esteemed panelists:

Chuck Fewell

Greenfield mayor

Kentucky (winner)

Wisconsin

Villanova

Duke 

Bobby Cox

IHSAA commissioner

Kentucky (winner)

Wisconsin

Michigan State

Duke

James Roberts

Greenfield Fire Department chief

Kentucky

Ohio State (winner)

Virgina

Gonzaga

Steve Vail

NineStar Connect, chairman of the board

Kentucky (winner)

Wisconsin

Virginia

Gonzaga

Zach Muegge

Muegge Plumbing, Heating and Cooling

Kentucky (winner)

Wisconsin

Oklahoma

Wisconsin

Bill Riggs

Mt. Vernon Community Schools Superintendent

Kentucky

Wisconsin (winner)

Villanova

Duke

Dave Scott

Hancock County Visitors Bureau

Kentucky (winner)

Wisconsin

Michigan State

Duke

Wayne Addison

Hancock County chief probation officer

Kentucky (winner)

Wisconsin

Michigan State

Iowa State

Jason White

GBC Wealth Management

Kentucky (winner)

Arizona

Virginia

Duke

David Spencer

NineStar Connect, director of marketing

Purdue (winner)

Arizona

Villanova

Gonzaga

Noelle Steele

Daily Reporter, editor

Kentucky (winner)

North Carolina

Oklahoma

Gonzaga

Barbara Roark, Hancock County Public Library

Kentucky (winner)

Wisconsin

Virgina

Duke

Tim Retherford, Neighborhoods Against Substance Abuse

Kentucky (winner)

Arizona

Villanova

Iowa State

Jeannine Gray, Stillinger Family Funeral Home

Kentucky (winner)

Wisconsin

Michigan State

Duke

Brian Croel, Novelty Inc. Wholesale

Kentucky

Wisconsin (winner)

Virginia

Iowa State

Michael Mack, Edward Jones

Kentucky

Arizona (winner)

Virginia

Iowa State

Mike Burrow, NineStar Connect, president

Kentucky (winner)

Baylor

Virginia

Duke

J. Scott Wooldridge, Wolf Law Firm, attorney

Kentucky (winner)

Arizona

Villanova

Duke

Kristy Deer, Daily Reporter, staff writer

Notre Dame

Wisconsin

Michigan State

Duke (winner)

David Flench, Hancock Regional Hospital

Kentucky (winner)

Ohio State

Virginia

Duke

Mike Low, Forty Financial Inc.

Kentucky

Wisconson (winner)

Virginia

Duke

Skip Kuker, Hancock County Economic Development Council

Kentucky (winner)

Arizona

Virginia

Duke

Derek Rogers, Shepherd Insurance

Kentucky

Wisconsin (winner)

Northern Iowa

Duke

Tom Russo, Daily Reporter, staff photographer

Kentucky

Baylor

Michigan State

Duke (winner)