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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

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!

JH