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First Round

#8 Ole Miss vs. #9 Oklahoma: [long pause] Umm, Ole Miss? Pick: Ole Miss
#5 Wisconsin vs. #12 OregonI refuse to pick a Pac-12 team, and Oregon’s greatest win of the season was against Syracuse to a neutral court. Their defense is good, but the offense isn’t. That will not be sufficient to do it against Wisconsin. Select: Wisconsin
#4 Kansas State vs. #13 UC Irvine: This really is the awful combo of a hot double-digit seed meeting a Power 5 college with injuries. The Anteaters beat upon the Big West Conference, winning both the regular season and conference championship titles. K-State won’t have Barry Brown, meaning they will need to make up for his scoring and match management someplace. Oh, also UC Irvine includes a dude named Max Hazzard. MAX HAZZARD!!! Pick: UC Irvine
#6 Villanova vs. #11 Saint Mary’s: The Wildcats are nowhere close to the team they were last year when they won the championship, but they can still take threes fairly well and shouldn’t have any issues with St. Mary’s. It is going to be close, though. Pick: Villanova
#3 Purdue vs. #14 Old Dominion: LET’S GET CRAZY. Old Dominion over Purdue after Carsen Edwards includes a quiet day, while BJ Stith and Ahmad Caver go OFF. Pick: Old Dominion
#7 Cincinnati vs. #10 Iowa: This really is the yelling coach sport as Fran McCaffrey and Mick Cronin are known for their. . .fiery personalities on the sidelines. Iowa has been leaking every type of fluid down the stretch and are limping to the championship. Cincinnati takes it at a physical, gritty game. Pick: Cincinnati
#2 Tennessee vs. #15 Colgate: Colgate has as much chance here as an actual tube of toothpaste. The Volunteers are large, physical, and Tennessee moves easily. Select: Tennessee
Second Round
#1 Virginia vs. #9 Ole Miss: The Cavaliers are too much on both defense and offense since they’re the only team in the country in the top-5 in equally on KenPom. Pick: Virginia
#5 Wisconsin vs. #13 UC Irvine: Wisconsin’s outside shooting goes cold and UC Irvine’s run in the postseason persists. Am I only picking this since literally no one wishes to see Virginia-Wisconsin in the Sweet 16? Maybe. Select: UC Irvine
#12 Old Dominion vs. #6 Villanova: Cinderella’s ball is cut brief. Nova shoots ODU from the gym. Pick: Villanova
#7 Cincinnati vs. #1 Tennessee: CINCY VS TENNY IN COLUMBUS. Ok, fine, I won’t call them”Tenny” again. This one is really a brutal conflict, but Tennessee squeaks out one late thanks to a large play from Jordan Bone. Pick: Tennessee
Sweet Sixteen
#1 Virginia vs. #13 UC Irvine: The Cavaliers have building confidence as they cruise into the Elite Eight. De’Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome, and Kyle Guy are a lot to the Anteaters, moving them one win away in the promise land. Select: Virginia
#6 Villanova vs. #2 Tennessee: The other match that I desperately want to see. Finesse vs. braun. Villanova slows things down enough and gets hot from out since Paschall has a big day in the paint. Pick: Villanova
Elite Eight
#1 Virginia vs. #6 Villanova: Villanova is worn out after a difficult match with Tennesee and can not figure out the Bundle Line shield. It’ll be close through the first half, but the Hoos pull down the stretch. Select: Virginia

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