If Game of Thrones and Mad Men Characters Switched Places

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Well if you know me, you know two of my favorite TV Shows right now are Mad Men and Game of Thrones. With Mad Men coming to an end *goes into depression* and Game of Thrones peaking at the right time, I was wondering if the characters of Mad Men and the characters of Game of Thrones switched places, which characters they would play. What makes both of these shows great are the vast amount of characters that are so different from each other, yet each show’s characters remind me a lot about each other. Yes I understand that some be be a bit of a stretch, but if you are as much of a fan of both of these shows as I am, hopefully you enjoy this as much as I did.

*Spoiler Warning*

I am going to try and keep the spoilers to an absolute minimum, I hate them as much as you do. There are a few instances where some of the characters are similar based on how, well, they ended up. So if you aren’t caught up (these two shows are a must to stay caught up on), read carefully, but again, I will try and keep them to a minimum.

Hope you all enjoy, and if you have any better suggestions let me know!


 

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Roger Sterling

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Jaime Lannister

Two of my favorite characters on both Mad Men and Game of Thrones, and really remind me a lot of each other. Roger has had his struggles, but still remains one of the top dogs at SC&P, and Jaime, especially recently, has become a crucial role in Kings Landing. I hate that I have started to feel bad for Jaime considering how much of a typical “northerner” he is, but I am sure he will get on my bad side very soon (his recent interaction with Cersie was interesting to say the least). I am always interested in what is happening with Jaime, as well as Roger, so I think they would be a perfect fit.


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Ted Chaough

Tyrionn Lannister

Tyrionn Lannister

Speaking of favorite characters, Tyrionn has obviously taken that award with his recent actions. I really really really hope Game of Thrones doesn’t start taking away his air time with the recent events that have taken place, because he is a thrill to watch and a superb actor. He was hard to pair someone up to, but I had to go with Ted. They are both stuck in the middle of two different “families” and are somewhat outcasts in each. Ted will never truly be accepted by Don, Roger, Bert, and the rest of the original agency, and Tyrionn will always be the Lannister outcast. Ted has brought a good dynamic to SC&P, but interested to see what Mad Men does with him.


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Peggy Olson

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Daenerys Targaryen

Both of these girls provide a huge dynamic to both Mad Men and Game of Thrones, but yet both are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Peggy is stuck in a male dominated business and is always looking to have the best idea and to move up, yet Daenerys has her eyes set to be the Queen, with the little help of 3 dragon friends. I love Daenerys’ character, and have a weird feeling she is going to be a major player in episodes/seasons to come in Game of Thrones. I am not sure what Mad Men will do with Peggy. We all know she deserves to be in the upper ranks of the industry, but will she ever get her chance?


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Sally Draper

Arya Stark

Can any show top either of these young girl actresses? Both are easily some of my favorite characters on the show. Sally is a girl who has everything, yet the one thing that she cares about, her family, is falling apart. No matter how hard Don ( before you say, “Wait, did he forget Don in his comparisons?”…no, but there is a good reason. How can I forget Don?) tries to push her away with the things he does, Sally truly wants him to be the best father he can be, and her last line to him in the last episode portrays that. Arya is not only a powerful actress, but completely opposite of her older sister (which I love, but we’ll get to that later). Arya is strong, fierce, understands what has to be done, yet still has a heart about it. My heart breaks for her every time she gets close to where she wants to be, and really hope she can make a life for herself (with what is left).


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Pete Campbell

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Joffrey “Lannister” Baratheon

So much to say about both of these characters, but so little text space. Pete Campbell is the guy you work with that you want to punch every time he comes into a meeting. He is the guy with the a top business school degree, was top in his class, and lets everyone know it. Joffrey is the exact same, except he didn’t have to earn anything. No spoilers here, but both have been, how can I say it, “re-located” and both shows are dealing with the after effects. Joffrey is the worst of the worst (his mother is a close 2nd) and though Pete can be like-able at times, most of the times you just shake your head at him and what he’s done to throw his life down the drain.


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Cersei Lannister

Where do I even begin with these two. These two were a perfect fit for each other when I was thinking about doing this. Cersei is two steps above the devil, with her son being right below her. She literally has no soul. I wouldn’t say Betty is the devil, especially what Don put her through in her marriage, but she did become one of the most liked characters in the show to one of the most dis-liked. “Fat Betty” was a hilarious turn for her, but now she is back to her original Betty status, while Cersei is constantly putting allegations on people and asking for their heads, while trying to keep King’s Landing hers. I wouldn’t mind seeing Cersei’s head on a spike (yea I said it).


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Ken Cosgrove

Robb Stark

This is where it began getting tough on comparing characters. Game of Thrones does an excellent job at spreading out air time with each character, but Mad Men is clear that it focuses on several main characters, while trying to give other characters as much screen time as possible. Ken Consgrove is one of those characters. Some may say that Robb Stark is a much bigger character then him, which I agree, but you have to think about what Mad Men characters are left. Robb is the leader of the North, and is looked up and respected in Winterfell, and I think Ken is well respected at SC&P. Though I am not sure of Ken’s future with SC&P (or how much more he can stand) he has a great role, and doesn’t annoy the bosses or clients like Pete does.


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Megan Draper

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Sansa Stark

Sansa Stark has actually become one of my least favorite characters in Game of Thrones. Not really for anything that she has done (or hasn’t done), but she has started to annoy me a little bit. I actually like Megan on Mad Men, but not sure what the writers have planned for her after the recent developments in the show. I like that she stands up to Don when he starts to go downhill, but still feel sorry for her. Sansa and Megan are both somewhat “trapped” (Sansa more than others) in their certain situations, but I feel like Megan is making the most of it while Sansa is just letting it happen.


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Joan Harris

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Jon Snow

Other than the obvious, I think Joan and Jon have a lot of similarities, and handle it with unbelievable pride that I think is awesome. Joan is a woman partner, who got to be a partner by, well, doing womanly things with a client, and Jonn is the bastard of a Stark clan who rules the North. Both are outsiders who have found their way inside a powerful “family”. Do they pout and do nothing about it? No, they actually work harder because they know they have to. Jon Snow is a great character, as is Jane, and they kind of make Mad Men and Game of Thrones what they are.


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Michael Ginsberg

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Bran Stark

This one is tough. Obviously Bran is a bigger character than Ginsberg and I think Bran will start to have a bigger role in Game of Thrones in new episodes/seasons, but maybe it is just wishful thinking that I want Ginsberg to have that same role as well? Mad Men doesn’t give Ginsberg a lot of air time (understandably so because their focus is on the partners and Peggy, not a new creative worker) but I really enjoyed when they went into Ginsberg’s life as he was introduced to the show. His role in the show I am guessing relies on what happens to Peggy in the final season, but I have enjoyed him being on. Bran is interesting with the things he can do, and the “powers” that he has. He is often the forgotten about Stark just because he can’t walk, but he has been through the same things Arya and Sansa have, and like Arya, is trying to fix things to make it better. As Bran’s role increases in the Game of Thrones hopefully Hordor will still be able to protect him.


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Trudy Campbell

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Catelyn Stark

These two were actually close to not making the list (just because it was hard to find someone to compare Catelyn Stark to). Catelyn has been an integral part in the North taking on the South, and Trudy was a big part in Pete’s life which in turn affected SC&P as a whole, but the recent developments in both shows (no spoilers) made me think of them alike. Trudy really was the only shining light in Pete’s life when things were going south, and Catelyn was the Starks rock as Ned went to King’s Landing. There isn’t really another female lead other than Peggy, Betty, and Megan in Mad Men, while there are more in Game of Thrones, so it starts to get a bit tough after the top 3.


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Bert Cooper

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Tywin Lannister

The two old men of the group. Bert is basically the grandfather of SC&P, and generally gets his say in important matters. Tywin gets his say in most matters, even though he isn’t even the King. Tywin is extremely influential because of his past war experience, and even comes to the safety of King’s Landing on an occasion or two. Bert says his peace, and gets on with it in SC&P (and also has a weird fascination with people wearing only socks in his office). Both are integral characters in their perspective shows, and though Bert isn’t one of the most popular characters, he does add a sense of calmness to Mad Men. Tywin adds brutal honesty, and could see his role increasing in the next couple of seasons.


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Duck Phillips

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Theon Greyjoy

Duck and Theon, what a combo. Duck is basically black-balled from SC&P, while, well, tough to mention Theon without a spoiler alert, so stop reading now if you aren’t caught up, but Theon’s betrayal of Winterfell has black-balled him from ever stepping foot in Winterfell again. His fake act of killing the two farmer boys just for the act of killing Bron and his brother was downright evil, yet why am I feeling bad for him being tortured (maybe because of the things that they have cut off…..). Duck has always seemed like a sleazeball to me, so I thought him and Theon work well together. Duck was constantly looking to advance at SC&P while screwing over anyone in the process, but once you mess with Don and Roger, see ya.


*Spoiler* *Really don’t read this one if you aren’t caught up* *Spoiler*

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Lane Pryce

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Ned Stark

For those of us that are caught up, this one is pretty self explanatory. Ned Stark was the leader of the North, and provided a figure that everyone could look up to. He was the leader that they needed, until being shipped over to King’s Landing which unfortunately was the cause of his doom. Lane Pryce was actually the same way for SC&P (even enough for them to keep his initial after his death). Lane saved the company by coming in and handling the finances on a much more practical and real level. He was not afraid to say no to client, and pressured the other partner’s to use their skills to get more clients. Lane was an extremely like-able guy, the same with Ned. Both are long lasting figures in the show, even with their eventual departure.


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Bob Benson

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Petyr “Little Finger” Baelish

This one was tough, as I think Petyr is a much bigger character than Bob Benson, but I think both have some similarities. Bob Benson is a very weird guy who a lot of people can’t trust (especially Pete). I am not sure if it’s because he is new, or he is way too nice, but clients like him so they keep him around. Petyr on the other hand, absolutely no one trusts, even his employers. He is said to be one of the most dangerous people in King’s Landing (even more than the Lannisters) and proved just that on the most recent episode. Petyr will be around for a while, and am interested to see how more annoying he can get (though in a somewhat good way, because I think he is actually a really good character). Bob Benson will get his chances to shine on the last season of Mad Men, but his role will not be near as big as they begin to wrap things up and focus on the partners.


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Harry Crane

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Stannis Baratheon

These two are interesting figures in the show. Both want to be somewhere that they think they deserve to be. Harry (in charge of television at SC&P) wants not only to be a more important figure in the company, but wants his television part of the company to be bigger than it already is. Stannis on the other hand, thinks he should be King (which, well, I guess he should be). At first I liked Stannis, but I have grown to dis-like him over the recent season. He has his faith trusted in Milisandre, or the Lord of Light (who I can’t stand). I will be interested to see what happens to him in Game of Thrones, because as his army gets stronger, and the “Lord of Light” magic gets stronger, he could be a dark horse to take over the throne (unless three dragons have something to say about it).


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Bobby Draper 1

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Bobby Draper 2

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Pretty self explanatory………..


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Stan Rizzo

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Sam Tarly

Now this one is mainly just on like-ability. I have never heard one person say anything bad about Stan (maybe besides Peggy, but they actually really like each other) and even Don likes to give Stan a hard time sometimes. Sam is pretty impossible not to like, especially from an audience perspective. A guy that is overweight, has a huge heart, and all he wants to do is help people that are weak or are in trouble? Sam probably has one of the biggest hearts on Game of Thrones. I am not sure what role Stan will play in the last season of Mad Men, but I hope it is a bigger one than he has been playing (but I won’t get my hopes up).


So if you’ve made it this far, you’ve realized that I am actually missing the  biggest not only actor in both of these series’, but biggest character as well. None other than…..Mr. Draper himself.

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Don Draper

Now, I was thinking about pairing him up with Jamie, Robb, Jon, or even Tyrionn, but I just felt that wasn’t right. The main premise of Mad Men is about Don and his life and the things that he does. Game of Thrones is focused on so many people that it doesn’t give one person that much more air time then the others. That is why I felt like I can’t compare him to anyone. I would love to hear anyone’s case if they could actually compare him to someone right now in the series. Maybe later on Bron or Daenarys play a huge role in Game of Thrones, but as of now it is spread pretty evenly between the kingdoms episode to episode. This has nothing to do with my love for Don (the character Don, but John Hamm isn’t that bad himself) or my own bias of thinking Don is great. I really truly think that it would be impossible to compare him to someone, so that is why I didn’t. I’m going to miss Don in a year, so my crying stage has yet to begin.

 

If you are still reading, I greatly appreciate it! If you have any comments go ahead and post them below or let me know, I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts and what characters they could see other characters playing. This was really fun to write, so I hope to do more things like this in the future.

 

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JH

March Madness – Elite 8 – Saturday Preview Predictions

Record (Today):

Straight Up Plays: 0-0

Against The Spread: 0-0

Overall:

Straight Up Plays: 38-18

Against The Spread Plays: 29-25-2

 

South Region

(1) Florida Gators vs (11) Dayton Flyers

Sorry Dayton, but your time has run up. Florida is too big, too strong, and have too much pride to lose to a Cinderella. As much of a fan I am of Sibert, I think Florida shuts him down and they dominate.

Straight Up: Florida

Against The Spread: Florida -10.5

West Region

(1) Arizona Wildcats vs (2) Wisconsin Badgers

A lot of people are high on Wisconsin, but Arizona didn’t even play that good verse San Diego State and still came out with a victory. I think they shut down the Wisconsin big men, and Zona’s athletic guards cancel at Wisconsin’s good guards. Wisconsin does have a chance in this game, but are going to have to play a perfect game to beat this Arizona team.

Straight Up: Arizona

Against The Spread- Arizona -3

 

Good luck everyone!

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JH

March Madness – Sweet 16 – Friday Preview and Predictions

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Record (Today):

Straight Up Plays: 2-2

Against The Spread: 3-1

Overall:

Straight Up Plays: 38-18

Against The Spread Plays: 29-25-2

No time for summary, so just going to pick games.

East Region

(1) Virginia Cavaliers vs (4) Michigan State Spartans

Straight Up: Michigan State

Against The Spread: Michigan State -2

(3) Iowa State Cyclones vs (7) Connecticut Huskies

Straight Up: Connecticut

Against The Spread- Connecticut +1

Midwest Region

(8) Kentucky Wildcats vs (4) Louisville Cardinals

Straight Up: Louisville

Against The Spread- Kentucky +4.5

(11) Tennessee Volunteers vs (2) Michigan Wolverines

Straight Up- Tennessee

Against The Spread- Tennessee +2

 

Good Luck!

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JH

March Madness – Sweet 16 – Thursday Preview and Predictions

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Record (Today):

Straight Up Plays: 3-1

Against The Spread: 2-2

Overall:

Straight Up Plays: 36-16

Against The Spread Plays: 26-25-1

 

No time for summary, so just going to pick games.

South Region

(1) Florida Gators vs (4) UCLA Bruins

Straight Up: Florida

Against The Spread: UCLA +4.5

(11) Dayton Flyers vs (10) Stanford Cardinal

Straight Up: Stanford

Against The Spread- Dayton +3.5

West Region

(1) Arizona Wildcats vs (4) San Diego State Aztecs

Straight Up: Arizona

Against The Spread- Arizona -7.5

(6) Baylor Bears vs (2) Wisconsin Badgers

Straight Up- Wisconsin

Against The Spread- Wisconsin -3.5

 

Hope everyone has a good weekend and that your teams you picked are still in contention!

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JH

March Madness- The Round of 32- Sunday Preview and Predictions

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Record (Today):

Straight Up Plays: 6-2

Against The Spread: 5-3

Overall:

Straight Up Plays: 33-15

Against The Spread Plays: 24-23-1

Now onto Sunday’s games…..

South Region

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(12) Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks vs (4) UCLA Bruins

With the help of the basketball gods, SFA beat VCU on one of the dumbest fouls in NCAA tournament history (you can tell I was on VCU in that game). SFA runs into a tough UCLA team that will be itching to get back into the sweet 16. UCLA handled a tough Tulsa team, and I see UCLA rolling in this game, and ended SFA’s cinderella run.

Straight Up- UCLA

Against The Spread- SFA +9

(10) Stanford Cardinal vs (2) Kansas Jayhawks

Andrew Wiggins is quietly telling everyone why he should be the #1 pick in the draft, and is single-handedly carrying his Jayhawks with Embiid hurt. He is averaging 28 points in his last four games, and is on an absolute tear. Stanford beat a tough New Mexico team who many had advancing to play the Jayhawks. I see Kansas winning this game, but it won’t be easy without Embiid. Stanford plays tough inside, and could use that to their advantage.

Straight Up- Kansas

Against The Spread- Kansas -6

East Region

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(1) Virginia Cavaliers vs (8) Memphis Tigers

Virginia had a scare against #16 Coastal Carolina, but ended up dominating towards the end of the game, and I see them dismantling a low IQ Memphis basketball team. One of the main reasons why I picked George Washington yesterday was because of that reason, so we will see if it pays off the second time. I put Memphis and Cincy into the same category, two teams that are freaks athletically, but if they play a smarter team, I will generally go with that team (unless I am too scared to pull the trigger). I think Virginia hounds Memphis on the defensive end, and then does enough offensively to advance to the sweet 16.

Straight Up- Virginia

Against The Spread- Virginia -6

(6) North Carolina Tarheels vs (3) Iowa State Cyclones

North Carolina squeaked by Providence Bryce Cotton’s (barely) and now have a tough match-up against Iowa State. I said that I could either see Iowa State losing in the first round, or making it to the Elite 8, so I will roll with the Cyclones on this one. The Georges Niang hurts the Cyclones bad, which is why I think it will be a closer game then most people think. I think Cyclones squeak by, but if UNC comes to play wouldn’t surprise me if they win.

Straight Up- Iowa State

Against The Spread- UNC +1.5

West Region

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(1) Arizona Wildcats vs (8) Gonzaga Bulldogs

An impressive opening round win for Gonzaga (typical of them), but there 2nd round drought continues as Arizona is an awful matchup for them. Arizona rolled Weber State, and is playing some of there best basketball. Wildcats have a favorable draw, and will be looking forward to the Sweet 16.

Straight Up- Arizona

Against The Spread- Arizona -6.5

(6) Baylor Bears vs (3) Creighton Jays

Well, the 6th seeded Bears proved me wrong (should’ve rolled with them like I did in the conference tournament). They have the athletes to beat Creighton, and I am sure Creighton hates to see that they beat Nebraska. Creighton beat a feisty Lafayette team, and will be ready for the Bears. Usually when I am down on a team, they end up winning, so I am going to roll with the team that I am down on, and sorry to all my Baylor Bear friends out there when they lose because of that.

Straight Up- Baylor Bears

Against The Spread- Baylor Bears +3.5

Midwest Region

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(1) Wichita State Shockers vs (8) Kentucky Wildcats

Higher on Wichita State than most, I see them as one of the more focused teams in the tournament. They know the odds are against them, they know the committee tried to screw them over with sticking them in the hardest bracket. Trust me, they have heard it all. I see their senior leadership and defense dismantling the young Kentucky team. I like the Shockers in a close on.

Straight Up- Wichita State

Against The Spread- Kentucky +4

(11) Tennessee Volunteers vs (14) Mercer Bears

Knew Tennessee could be dangerous going into the tournament, and now they don’t have to play Duke, but a Mercer team coming off the biggest win in schools history? Tennessee should dominate them inside, and wear them down defensively. This region is setting up for a nice Tennessee run into not only the sweet 16, but farther than that.

Straight Up- Tennessee

Against The Spread- Tennessee -7.5

Good luck!

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JH

March Madness- The Round of 32- Saturday Preview and Predictions

Record (Today):

Straight Up Plays: 4-4

Against The Spread: 6-2

Overall:

Straight Up Plays: 27-13

Against The Spread Plays: 19-20-1

Now onto Saturday’s Games….

South Region

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(1) Florida Gators vs (9) Pittsburgh Panthers

These teams had basically the opposite first games. Florida, the heavy favorite, squeaked by a feisty Albany team, and Pitt, a small favorite, absolutely dismantled Colorado. Tough matchup here for Pitt, so don’t go jumping all over them just yet. Albany was a wake up call for Florida, and I see them rolling past a Pitt team that could be a trendy upset pick for some.

Straight Up- Florida

Against The Spread- Florida -5.5

(11) Dayton Flyers vs (3) Syracuse Orange

Dayton with an impressive win (when I was too afraid to take them straight up) is going to give Syracuse all they can handle. They are just as athletic as Syracuse, and have just as much to prove. Dayton is capable of beating Syracuse, but are going to have to shoot it even better than they did verse Ohio State. Really want to pick Dayton here, but rolling with the Cuse.

Straight Up- Syracuse

Against The Spread- Dayton +7

East Region

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(12) Harvard Crimson vs (4) Michigan State Spartans

After an impressive win verse Cincy, Harvard has the unfortunate draw of playing Michigan State. The Spartans are on a mission, and played unbelievable against Delaware. If Adreian Payne plays half as good as he did yesterday (which would still be pretty dang good) Sparty should roll onto the Sweet 16.

Straight Up- Michigan State

Against The Spread- Harvard +7.5

(7) Connecticut Huskies vs (2) Villanova Wildcats

This is going to be a trendy upset pick as a lot of people will have the Wildcats going down to the Huskies. Connecticut barely squeaked by a tough St. Joe’s team, and will be interesting to see how they play against Villanova. Would not surprise me to see the Wildcats winning here, but I am sticking to my guns and rolling with them to the Sweet 16.

Straight Up- Villanova

Against The Spread- Connecticut +3.5

West Region

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(12) North Dakota State Bison vs (4) San Diego State Aztecs

Well I should’ve gone with my gut in the first round with the Bison, and they of course proved me wrong. They beat a solid Oklahoma team who some had going to the Sweet 16. San Diego State beat a tough and big New Mexico State team that was a brutal game. San Diego State is one of the best defensive teams in the nation, but I think North Dakota State finds a way to beat them, and make it into the Sweet 16.

Straight Up- North Dakota State

Against The Spread- North Dakota State +3

(7) Oregon Ducks vs (2) Wisconsin Badgers

I feel like Wisconsin is in this position every year. They beat a team in the first round that they should beat, and then lose the next game. This year could be different, but Oregon will be an extremley tough matchup. It would not surprise me to see the Ducks win, but they are one of the streakiest teams in the tournament, and I am hoping that with Wisconsin’s tough defense they can pull it out.

Straight Up- Wisconsin

Against The Spread- Wisconsin -5

Midwest Region

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(5) Saint Louis Billikens vs (4) Louisville Cardinals

After an epic choke by N.C. State, Saint Louis somehow came back and won that game, and now have to play against Louisville, who also struggled against a Manhattan team that was a mirror image of them. I will bet against Saint Louis all day, so rolling with Louisville here. I think Louisville comes back focused, and will wear down Saint Louis. Jordair Jett will get manhandled by Russ Smith.

Straight Up- Louisville

Against The Spread- Louisville -9

(7) Texas Longhorns vs (2) Michigan Wolverines

What a game by the Texas Longhorns to beat Arizona State. Led the whole game, almost choked it away, then Ridley took over and hit the game winning shot. Michigan handled Wofford, and now the two meet in the round of 32. Texas has the rebounding edge and the edge inside, but Michigan has the shooters to force Texas to go away from that. I actually like the Longhorns to control the game, control the clock, and advance to the Sweet 16 (which probably means they won’t).

Straight Up- Texas

Against The Spread- Texas +5

Good luck!

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JH

March Madness- Friday (Second Round Games) Preview and Predictions

Record (Today):

Straight Up Plays: 11-5

Against The Spread: 6-10

Overall:

Straight Up Plays: 23-9

Against The Spread Plays: 13-18-1

Now onto Fridays games…..

South Region

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(5) VCU Rams vs (12) Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks

Tough matchup for SFA, but it is a trendy upset pick within at-least my Texas ties. I guess people have forgotten the VCU I know, which is tenacious defense, fast breaks, and constant pressure on the ball (I saw it first hand when they took out Kansas to go to the Final Four 2 years ago). SFA is on an impressive 27 game winning streak, but if you look at those wins, well, they should win those games. The Southland is one of the weaker conferences in the NCAA (Until ACU becomes a power……..kidding) but VCU with one of the top defenses in the game, should be able to handle them.

Straight Up- VCU

Against The Spread- VCU -6.5

(4) UCLA Bruins vs (13) Tulsa Golden Hurricanes

UCLA is off an impressive Pac-12 tournament championship, which got them this high #4 seed in a favorable bracket for them. UCLA is very efficient on offense, and plays enough defense that they are actually a dark horse in the tournament as a whole. Don’t have many impressive wins, besides a win against Arizona (who wasn’t really playing for much), and Tulsa hasn’t beaten a tournament team all year. UCLA rolls.

Straight Up- UCLA

Against The Spread-  UCLA -8.5

(7) New Mexico Lobos vs (10) Stanford Cardinal

Tough matchup for a Stanford team that is pretty highly seeded in my opinion. New Mexico drew a tough Harvard team last year (and obviously this year as well), but match up well against Stanford. They are coming off a tough win vs San Diego State, and should be ready to lock down defensively. They are pretty middle of the road as far as tournament teams in offense and defense, and don’t cause many turnovers, but play some of the best defense in the country. Stanford is very big, and if they want a chance to win they need to take advantage of that.

Straight Up- New Mexico

Against The Spread- New Mexico -3

(2) Kansas Jayhawks vs (15) Eastern Kentucky Colonels

Don’t rule out the Embiid-less Jayhawks just yet. Even though Eastern Kentucky does have one of the better shots at taking down a 15 seed than anyone else, I do not see that happening. Kansas still has one of the best players in the country with Andrew Wiggins, and is playing with some motivation after getting knocked out of the Big 12 Tournament earlier than expected. Eastern Kentucky is going to need a lot of help (even though they take some of the best shots in the country), but I think Kansas rolls.

Straight Up- Kansas 

Against The Spread- Eastern Kentucky +14

East Region

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(1) Virginia Cavaliers vs (16) Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

Not much to say in this game. Virginia too deep and solid of a team to give Coastal Carolina a chance. They are one of the worst offensive teams in the country, and given Virginia is one of the best defensive teams in the country, this could be a blood bath.

Straight Up- Virginia

Against The Spread- Virginia -21.5

(8) Memphis Tigers vs (9) George Washington Colonials

Could be one of the better games of the day. Memphis is coming off a bad loss against Connecticut in the conference tournament, but have some good wins throughout the season. They will be one of the most athletic teams in the tournament, but that doesn’t always lead to victories. George Washington is a fairly under the radar team (I’m guessing most people are just picking Memphis off of the name recognition) but they have a solid team. This is a tough game to call, and could go either way.

Straight Up- Memphis

Against The Spread- George Washington +3

(6) North Carolina Tarheels vs (11) Providence Friars

Tough tough matchup for Providence, coming off an impressive run through the Big East tournament. They have some really impressive wins vs tournament teams, so aren’t a shoe in to lose this game. North Carolina started off the season very inconsistent, but got on a hot streak when Mcadoo starting figuring out how to stay out of foul trouble. Back to back losses vs Duke and Pitt should motivate them to come ready to play.

Straight Up- North Carolina

Against The Spread- North Carolina -4

(3) Iowa State Cyclones vs (14) N.C. Central Eagles

If Iowa State thinks they can just sleep walk through this game, then they may be the 3 seed that loses in the first round. N.C. Central is one of the best defensive teams in the country, and that is a big part of their offense. They constantly make teams shoot bad shots, turnover the ball, and play sloppy. Iowa State on the other hand, scores at will, and turned it on during the Big 12 tournament. I could see Iowa State either losing this game, or making it to the Elite 8, that is how dangerous this team is. They are senior led by Kane and Ejim, who may single handedly carry the Cyclones to a first round win.

Straight Up- Iowa State

Against The Spread- Iowa State -8

West Region

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(1) Arizona Wildcats vs (16) Weber State Wildcats

Again, not much to say on this game. Arizona should dominate the Wildcats, and win pretty easily. Weber State is a pretty decent shooting team, but Arizona has the best defense in the nation, so that will cancel anything Weber State tries to do.

Straight Up- Arizona

Against The Spread- Arizona -19.5

(8) Gonzaga Bulldogs vs (9) Oklahoma State Cowboys

A potential trap game in my eyes for Oklahoma State. Everyone is expecting them to move on to challenge Arizona, and I am sure Gonzaga has heard all about it. I do like the Cowboys to advance, but this game could be one of the better games of the tournament. Marcus Smart is out to prove a point and show everyone that he is NBA ready, and Le’Bryan Nash is one of the more underrated players in the nation. Gonzaga will have to play as good of defense as they have played all year, and shoot lights out from the field in order to have a chance.

Straight Up- Oklahoma State

Against The Spread- Oklahoma State -3

(6) Baylor Bears vs (11) Nebraska Cornhuskers

Tough game to decide on, keep going back and forth. Baylor is playing some of their best basketball right now, while Nebraska has been one of the more underrated teams all season. How in the world did Baylor get a 6 seed by the way? This matchup to me is all about coaching and who I would rather have leading my team, and that goes to Tim Miles of Nebraska. Scott Drew can recruit with the best of them, but I will pass on him advancing with an under-performing team.

Straight Up- Nebraska

Against The Spread- Nebraska +3

(3) Creighton Bluejays vs (14) Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns

Tough draw here for the Sun Belt champions. Creighton is the most efficient offensive teams in the country, and is eager to get back on the court of their loss to Providence. Doug McDermott should have his way and put up his other worldy numbers as the BlueJays roll on to the round of 32.

Straight Up- Creighton

Against The Spread- Creighton -14

Midwest Region

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(1) Wichita State Shockers vs (16) Cal Poly Mustangs

“Wichita State is awful.” “How is Wichita State a 1 seed?” They don’t play anyone.” Well not only have I heard these comments all week, but I can guarantee you they have as well. They should be able to handle Cal Poly easily, and will be looking forward to playing either Kentucky or Kansas State (in which I will guarantee you I will be picking Wichita State). So go ahead and keep betting against them (…until they play Louisville).

Straight Up- Wichita State

Against The Spread- Wichita State -16

(8) Kentucky Wildcats vs (9) Kansas State Wildcats

Battle of the Wildcats, or battle of the under-performing team. I think Kentucky deserved a little bit higher seed, but it didn’t help they played an SEC schedule and had a couple bad losses. Kansas State has been extremely inconsistent all year, and I expect to see that same team in the tournament. The Kentucky freshman may not know how to play in the NCAA tournament, but I believe they get it done, for at least one game.

Straight Up- Kentucky

Against The Spread- Kansas State +6.5

(6) UMass Minutemen vs (11) Tennessee Volunteers

Unfortunately for the people that haven’t followed college basketball all season long, you would probably pick UMass just based off of the much higher seed, but Tennessee is actually a big favorite and should win. They have been extremely under-performing all year, but they can dominate teams at times. One of the best rebounding teams in the country, they wear down teams in the paint, and play suffocating defense. Look for them to be licking their chops at this UMass team, who must have paid someone a lot of money to get a 6 seed…….

Straight Up- Tennessee

Against The Spread- Tennessee -4

(3) Duke Blue Devils vs (14) Mercer Bears

Not a lot to say about this game, but Mercer is actually a solid team. They are extremely efficient on offense, and have a respectable defense as well. They would have been a live upset pick if they were able to snag a 13-12 seed, but this is an extremely tough matchup verse a Duke team who is on a mission (and who has arguable the best player in the nation in Jabari Parker).

Straight Up- Duke

Against The Spread- Mercer +13

Hope everyone’s brackets have been off to a good start and you haven’t lost anyone too big yet!

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JH