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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!

JH