2012 March Madness Picks And Predictions for NCAA Tournament
It's officially that time of the year once again ladies and gentleman, as the 2012 NCAA Tournament is officially upon us. And to make the news even better, it looks like this year's NCAA Tournament could be one of the best in recent memory, mainly because there is no clear cut winner to take down the Championship.
Today though, I am going to start with the round of 64, and make a pick for EVERY SINGLE game throughout the opening two days of action here. That means that there are going to be some serious upsets, and definitely some tough decisions to make here.
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It's important to remember though, that as solid and exciting as some of those huge upsets look; don't get too crazy with your upsets! Always go with your gut when filling out your NCAA Tournament bracket, but aside from that, good luck with your bracket and let's get prepared for one of the best sports betting times of the entire year!
» South: No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 16 Mississippi Valley State/Western Kentucky
Kentucky is potentially the best team in all of College Basketball right now, and I'm not expecting them to be upset by a 16 seed.
» South: No. 8 Iowa State vs. No. 9 Connecticut
What a fun game we have here. Iowa State was a shocker this year and they were quite impressive. But for me, I'm riding the combination of Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier here and I'm choosing Connecticut.
» South: No. 5 Wichita State vs. No. 12 VCU
I'd love to see VCU make another Cinderella run to the Final Four, but boy did they get a tough round one match-up. Wichita State isn't getting nearly as much love as they should, and this team is talented.
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» South: No. 4 Indiana vs. No. 13 New Mexico State
Cody Zeller. That's pretty much all you need to know here, because he's going to cause New Mexico State some serious problems. I'm rolling with the Indiana Hoosiers in this game.
» South: No. 6 UNLV vs. No. 11 Colorado
Colorado pulled off a huge upset to win their conference tournament, but I don't think they'll have the offensive firepower to be able to stop UNLV in this intriguing round-of-64 match-up. I'm rolling UNLV.
» South: No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 14 South Dakota State
Baylor defeated a strong Kansas team in the Big 12 Tournament. If they were to go down to the South Dakota State this week then I think it may go down as one of the biggest upsets ever. Baylor is too talented to go out this year.
» South: No. 7 Notre Dame vs. No. 10 Xavier
This game is actually getting overlooked by quite a few people, but Tu Holloway and company are going to make some noise this year in my opinion. I've never been sold on Notre Dame, and I don't think they'll make it past his Xavier team.
» South: No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 Lehigh
Austin Rivers sighting. The Blue Devils may not be realistic contenders to win it all this year, but they'll put on a show against Lehigh that's for sure.
» West: No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 16 LIU Brooklyn
Michigan State has been a nice surprise this year, and there aren't going to be any surprises in this one. I'll take the Spartans in a walk here.
» West: No. 8 Memphis vs. No. 9 Saint Louis
Memphis is one team flying under the radar that many teams should be afraid of (and that includes Michigan State in the next round). The Tigers are well-coached and have a talented roster that could make some serious noise and be a contender for a sleeper-like run this year.
» West: No. 5 New Mexico vs. No. 12 Long Beach State
Long Beach State went down to UNC and Kansas by single digits this year, and also beat Pittsburgh and Xavier as well. Don't sleep on this team, because they have the potential to make a run thanks to strong team play and the fact that they obviously aren't scared of playing anyone.
» West: No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 13 Davidson
Louisville is hitting their stride right now, and you can bet that Rick Pitino will have them ready to keep that roll going on through March this year.
» West: No. 6 Murray State vs. No. 11 Colorado State
Murray State is going to shock the world this year. And I don't mean that they'll be shocking the world by bowing out to Colorado State. This team is the real deal and they'll prove that by not only beating Colorado State, but potentially becoming a Sweet 16 team and even more.
» West: No. 3 Marquette vs. No. 14 BYU/Iona
Talk to me all that you want about BYU and Marquette, but I'm watching Iona. Iona is the real deal, and they have three INCREDIBLY talented players this year as well. One of those players is an incredibly strong point guard in Scott Machado. Here's one of my biggest upsets of the dance in Iona over Marquette.
» West: No. 7 Florida vs. No. 10 Virginia
Virginia is struggling to the finish, and they don't look like the same team that they did early in the year. Florida on the other hand gave Kentucky a run for their money, and I think their offense gets the job done here.
» West: No. 2 Missouri vs. No. 15 Norfolk State
The Missouri Tigers are on fire. There's not much more to say here, because Norfolk State won't be able to keep up in any way.
» East: No. 1 Syracuse vs. No. 16 UNC-Asheville
Not much hope for UNC-Asheville here, even if I would like to see a number one go down to a number 16.
» East: No. 8 Kansas State vs. No. 9 Southern Miss
This is a class mismatch here in my opinion. Southern Miss played in a below average Conference USA, while Kansas State was in one of the toughest conferences in college hoops in the Big 12. I think that K-State not only gets it done, but gets it done impressively.
» East: No. 5 Vanderbilt vs. No. 12 Harvard
Harvard is a VERY strong team. Unfortunately though, they got one of the toughest draws in the first round here against a Vanderbilt team who is hitting their stride and just beat Kentucky in the SEC Championship game. I have to go with Vandy here.
» East: No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 13 Montana
Did I read that Montana hasn't lost since January 14th? That's an incredibly long amount of time, and I think that they also match-up pretty well with Wisconsin. This game will be fun to watch, and I'm rolling with the upset here.
» East: No. 6 Cincinnati vs. No. 11 Texas
Cincinnati showed that they are the real deal right now, and that they can compete with some of the best teams out there. This includes Texas who was on the bubble all the way up until Sunday. I'm taking the Bearcats here.
» East: No. 3 Florida State vs. No. 14 St. Bonaventure
St. Bonaventure is probably one of the best teams that no one is talking about right now. The problem is, they got paired up against a Florida State team that beat both UNC AND Duke twice this year. FSU is on top of their game and they could shock a few people this year.
» East: No. 7 Gonzaga vs. No. 10 West Virginia
I'm simply not sold on West Virginia. They struggled down the home stretch, and couldn't get it done against Connecticut in last week's Big East Tournament either. Gonzaga hasn't had as much hype surrounding them this year either. I'm feeling the Zags.
» East: No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 15 Loyola (MD)
Ohio State is a serious contender this year. I don't care what anyone says, and they won't be slowed down by Loyola (MD).
» Midwest: No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 16 Lamar/Vermont
Lamar is NOT a bad team by any means, but they won't be able to keep up with UNC if they are able to knock off Vermont. UNC in a walk regardless of who they play.
» Midwest: No. 8 Creighton vs. No. 9 Alabama
Watch Doug McDermott because he's not only going to give Alabama fits, but he'll also be giving North Carolina fits in the next round as well. Creighton is a talented team and could pull off a shocker in this tournament.
» Midwest: No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 11 Ohio
Michigan might not be the "sexy" pick, but they are going to get the job done against Ohio. Michigan has played strong basketball this year, and seeing them go down in the first round just won't happen this year.
» Midwest: No. 5 Temple vs. No. 12 California/USF
I know that Temple beat Duke this year, but this South Florida team is scary to me. They have some talent and I think that they are going to show up in a big way in this tournament. I like South Florida here.
» Midwest: No. 6 San Diego State vs. No. 11 NC State
NC State is coming off of a loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels by two points,that actually probably could have gone the other way had the refs decided to make a call. The Wolfpack are a talented squad, and don't be surprised if they not only beat San Diego State, but also knock off Georgetown as well.
» Midwest: No. 3 Georgetown vs. No. 14 Belmont
Belmont absolutely has the potential to pull off an upset, but I don't think that it's mean to be this year. Georgetown has a lot of talent across the board, and I think that Belmont is going to be overmatched here.
» Midwest: No. 7 Saint Mary's vs. No. 10 Purdue
Robbie Hummel is going to lead Purdue to a win in this match-up. The guard suffered back to back ACL tears, but he's back in the dance this year. Watch him against a solid St. Mary's team, but I like Hummel and the Boilermakers to get the job done.
» Midwest: No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 15 Detroit
Ray McCallum is one of the most talented players in the country, but he and his Detroit team will have a tough task against the Jayhawks. I think that Detroit will keep this game close into the second half, but eventually the Jayhawks will get it done.