Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Fearless Chuck's NCAA Div. 1 men's basketball selections (read 'em and weep)

Here’s what you’ve all been waiting for: my NCAA Men’s Division 1 tournament picks:

First round
Kentucky over E. Tennessee State
Texas over Wake Forest (although UT has played the worst hoops of any no. 1 team this season)
Temple over Cornell
Wisconsin over Wofford
Marquette over Washington
New Mexico over Montana
Missouri over Clemson
West Virginia over Morgan State

Duke over Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Louisville over California
Texas A&M over Utah State (battle of Aggies)
Siena over Purdue
Old Dominion over Notre Dame
Baylor over Sam Houston State
St. Mary’s over Richmond
Villanova over Robert Morris

Kansas over Lehigh (why did Lehigh change its name from the Engineers? What tribe was upset by THAT?)
Northern Iowa over UNLV
Michigan State over New Mexico State (wrong set of Aggies)
Maryland over Houston
Tennessee over San Diego State (Aztecs might have ex-UM coach Mike Fisher, from the Miracle of 1989, but not this year)
Georgetown over Ohio
Georgia Tech over Oklahoma State
Ohio State over UC-Santa Barbara

WEST (upset central)
Syracuse over Vermont (the Catamounts, gotta love that name)
Gonzaga over Florida State
UTEP over Butler (12 beats a 5)
Murray State over Vanderbilt (13 beats a 4)
Minnesota over Xavier (11 beats a 6)
Pitt over Oakland
Brigham Young over Florida
Kansas State over North Texas (Mean Green v. Purple Wildcats – the Sherwin-Williams special)

Second round
Kentucky over Texas
Temple over Wisconsin
Marquette over New Mexico
West Virginia over Missouri

Duke over Louisville (once upon a time, this would have been the Finals)
Texas A&M over Siena (sorry Saints)
Baylor over Old Dominion
Villanova over St. Mary’s

Kansas over Northern Iowa
Michigan State over Maryland
Georgetown over Tennessee
Ohio State over Georgia Tech

Syracuse over Gonzaga
UTEP over Murray State (shades of 1966???)
Pitt over Minnesota
Kansas State over Brigham Young

Sweet Sixteen
Kentucky over Temple
West Virginia over Marquette

Duke over Texas A&M
Villanova over Baylor

Kansas over Michigan State
Ohio State over Georgetown

Syracuse over UTEP
Pitt over Kansas State

Elite Eight
Kentucky over West Virginia

Duke over Villanova

Kansas over Ohio State

Pitt over Syracuse

Kentucky over Duke
Kansas over Pitt

Kansas 78, Kentucky 73

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