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Tournament Bracket

Posted by jrswift on March 14, 2007

OK…I know I promised to get over this basketball thing and get back to Las Vegas but I figured I’d better go ahead and give you my “expert” picks on the NCAA tournament which starts tomorrow. This will be relatively short and sweet.

East Region

1st round winners:

North Carolina

Marquette (Tough game with Michigan St. but the Spartans haven’t been good away from home this year and I think Marquette is underrated)

Arkansas (Those damned “don’t deserve to be here” teams always pull some upsets and Arkansas actually has a higher RPI than USC)

Texas (This is an almost-upset but I think Texas pulls it out and Durant has a monster game)

George Washington (Vandy is not playing well and GW is)

Oral Roberts (Yep…another one. Not sold on Washington St and someone high up is going to lose)

BC (Another close one but I think they dominate Texas Tech inside)

Georgetown

2nd Round

North Carolina over Marquette but it is a nail-biter

Texas over Arkansas

Oral Roberts over George Washington (got to step out on a limb once)

Georgetown over BC

Sweet 16

Texas over North Carolina (yeah…too trendy a pick but I’m making it anyway)

Georgetown over Oral Roberts (this one won’t be pretty)

Finals

Georgetown over Texas

South Region

1st Round winners:

Ohio St

BYU (Nobody believes in these guys but they’re good)

Tennessee (Fun game but Long Beach won’t win)

Virginia (Guard play too good for Albany)

Louisville

Texas A&M

Nevada (Creighton can’t handle Fazekas)

Memphis

2nd Round

Ohio St over BYU

Tennessee over Virginia

Louisville over Texas A&M

Memphis over Nevada

Sweet 16

Tennessee over Ohio St. (upset special…this will probably kill my bracket but I’ve got a feeling)

Memphis over Louisville (Old Metro/Conf USA rivalry)

Finals

Memphis over Tennessee (Turns out Memphis was pretty good…this will be a helluva game to watch and the biggest game in the history of the state)

Midwest Region

1st Round winners:

Florida

Arizona (They are much better than Purdue so they’ll probably lose)

Old Dominion (A 5/12 special…playing much better than Butler right now)

Maryland (No upset here)

Notre Dame (Sorry Winthrop…wrong team)

Oregon (This is a shaky tournament team but Miami won’t beat them)

Georgia Tech (UNLV had a great season but Tech has a very talented team)

Wisconsin

2nd Round

Florida over Arizona

Maryland over Old Dominion

Notre Dame over Oregon (Oregon is too erratic…ND is pretty good)

Georgia Tech over Wisconsin (yeah…another upset)

Sweet 16

Florida over Maryland (Good game but Florida pulls it out)

Notre Dame over Georgia Tech

Finals

Florida over Notre Dame (Sadly, for Irish fans, it won’t be close)

West Region

1st Round winners:

Kansas

Villanova (They should win easily…so they probably won’t)

Virginia Tech (Illinois just isn’t very good but this could be close and ugly)

Southern Illinois (Remember the ugly comment? Ditto)

VCU (Everyone is picking this upset but so am I)

Pitt (I was tempted to try Wright St. but I don’t think they actually win)

Gonzaga (Indiana isn’t that good and Gonzaga is back in that underdog roll)

UCLA

2nd Round

Kansas over Villanova (This is possibly trip for Kansas but I think they win)

Southern Illinois over Virginia Tech (More ugliness)

Pitt over VCU (Could be a tight game)

UCLA over Gonzaga (Not close this year)

Sweet 16

Kansas over Southern Illinois (The ugliness ends)

UCLA over Pitt

Finals

Kansas over UCLA (Think KU pulls away late)

Final Four

Kansas over Florida (This one could be better than their first meeting…I see overtime again)

Georgetown over Memphis (Caliperi’s magical run ends)

National Championship

Kansas over Georgetown (After several tough games, Kansas rolls in this one and cuts down the nets)

There you go…if past experience is any indication, I won’t even be close so don’t put any money on this. Have a great day.

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