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2014 NCAA Tournament: Predictions for Every Round of 32 Game

2014 NCAA Tournament: Predictions for the Round of 32

2014 NCAA Tournament: Predictions for the Round of 32
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The NCAA Tournament is in full swing now, and there have been upsets galore. However, my predictions for the Round of 64 weren’t too shabby. In terms of my picks, I went 26-6 in the first two days of the tournament. As we enter the first weekend of March Madness, I’m going to try and keep that sort of run going with predictions for the Round of 32.

South Region: No. 1 Florida Over No. 9 Pittsburgh

South Region: No. 1 Florida Over No. 9 Pittsburgh
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South Region: No. 1 Florida Over No. 9 Pittsburgh

South Region: No. 1 Florida Over No. 9 Pittsburgh
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Florida wasn’t other-worldly in their win over Albany, and Pitt absolutely throttled Colorado. However, the Gators just have way too much talent for the Panthers, a good defensive team, to hang with for 40 minutes. The No. 1 overall seed should move on to the Sweet 16.

South Region: No. 4 UCLA Over No. 12 Stephen F. Austin

South Region: No. 4 UCLA Over No. 12 Stephen F. Austin
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South Region: No. 4 UCLA Over No. 12 Stephen F. Austin

South Region: No. 4 UCLA Over No. 12 Stephen F. Austin
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Stephen F. Austin’s ability to fight against one of the best defensive teams in the country in VCU was quite the head-turner. However, this UCLA Bruins team, though inconsistent, has way too much talent for me to think that the Lumberjacks’ winning steak will continue.

South Region: No. 3 Syracuse Over No. 11 Dayton

South Region: No. 3 Syracuse Over No. 11 Dayton
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South Region: No. 3 Syracuse Over No. 11 Dayton

South Region: No. 3 Syracuse Over No. 11 Dayton
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Dayton had the look of a possible Cinderella when they knocked off in-state foe Ohio State in the Round of 64. However, the Orange looked incredibly dominant in their victory, and Tyler Ennis seems poised to be one of the stars of the tournament. The Flyers’ hopes of being the tournament darling this year should come to a close this weekend.

South Region: No. 2 Kansas Over No. 10 Stanford

South Region: No. 2 Kansas Over No. 10 Stanford
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South Region: No. 2 Kansas Over No. 10 Stanford

South Region: No. 2 Kansas Over No. 10 Stanford
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Without Joel Embiid, Kansas could have trouble containing Dwight Powell. However, the Jayhawks showed in their Round of 64 victory that they have more than enough talent elsewhere on their roster to still look like a great team without their star center. I can’t pass on Kansas just yet.

East Region: No. 1 Virginia Over No. 8 Memphis

East Region: No. 1 Virginia Over No. 8 Memphis
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East Region: No. 1 Virginia Over No. 8 Memphis

East Region: No. 1 Virginia Over No. 8 Memphis
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Virginia avoided becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16-seed on Friday against Coastal Carolina, but the game was much closer than expected. While that might worry some, I think the Cavaliers will come out this weekend looking much more poised and will cruise to a victory over Memphis.

East Region: No. 4 Michigan State Over No. 12 Harvard

East Region: No. 4 Michigan State Over No. 12 Harvard
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East Region: No. 4 Michigan State Over No. 12 Harvard

East Region: No. 4 Michigan State Over No. 12 Harvard
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Harvard was quite impressive in knocking off Cincinnati, executing methodically and well on both ends of the floor. However, Michigan State is healthy and looking every bit like one of the favorites to possibly win the title. You might argue that they caught lightning in a bottle with Adreian Payne, but they have a number of guys who can do that on any night. I’m taking Sparty.

East Region: No. 6 North Carolina Over No. 3 Iowa State

East Region: No. 6 North Carolina Over No. 3 Iowa State
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East Region: No. 6 North Carolina Over No. 3 Iowa State

East Region: No. 6 North Carolina Over No. 3 Iowa State
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The Tar Heels found themselves in a dogfight with Providence, and Iowa State was dominant in their Round of 64 win against NC Central. However, with Cyclones forward Georges Niang fracturing his foot, UNC should be able to put in work on the interior and find a way to scrounge up another win.

East Region: No. 2 Villanova Over No. 7 Connecticut

East Region: No. 2 Villanova Over No. 7 Connecticut
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East Region: No. 2 Villanova Over No. 7 Connecticut

East Region: No. 2 Villanova Over No. 7 Connecticut
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Villanova pretty easily dismissed Milwaukee in the Round of 64, and UConn looked good in their victory as well. While there’s a part of me that believes in Shabazz Napier to carry the Huskies on a slightly improbable run, I have to take the Wildcats in this matchup for the simple fact that they look like the better and more complete team.

West Region: No. 1 Arizona Over No. 8 Gonzaga

West Region: No. 1 Arizona Over No. 8 Gonzaga
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West Region: No. 1 Arizona Over No. 8 Gonzaga

West Region: No. 1 Arizona Over No. 8 Gonzaga
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Arizona didn’t exactly demolish Weber State, but it was clear that they are one of the superior teams in this tournament that can win in a number of ways. Ultimately, I think that the Wildcats’ athleticism and skill is going to prove to be too much for Gonzaga to handle in the Round of 32.

West Region: No. 12 North Dakota State Over No. 4 San Diego State

West Region: No. 12 North Dakota State Over No. 4 San Diego State
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West Region: No. 12 North Dakota State Over No. 4 San Diego State

West Region: No. 12 North Dakota State Over No. 4 San Diego State
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North Dakota State is the team I’m bestowing the true Cinderella label upon this season. They had guys who weren’t even their best players step up to take down Oklahoma, and now have a matchup with an Aztecs team that struggled to take down 13-seed New Mexico State. The Bison are about to be on the radar even further as they dance onto the Sweet 16.

West Region: No. 6 Baylor Over No. 3 Creighton

West Region: No. 6 Baylor Over No. 3 Creighton
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West Region: No. 6 Baylor Over No. 3 Creighton

West Region: No. 6 Baylor Over No. 3 Creighton
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Baylor has been one of the most inconsistent teams in the country this season, but they certainly showed in the Round of 64 that they are immensely talented. Though Doug McDermott is the real deal, I don’t think this team overall can hang with the Bears when it comes down to it.

West Region: No. 2 Wisconsin Over No. 7 Oregon

West Region: No. 2 Wisconsin Over No. 7 Oregon
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West Region: No. 2 Wisconsin Over No. 7 Oregon

West Region: No. 2 Wisconsin Over No. 7 Oregon
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Wisconsin absolutely throttled American in their Round of 64 matchup, and the Ducks of Oregon present a much more formidable opponent. It’s not exciting, but the Badgers are too skilled in the art of controlling pace and playing their game for Oregon to stand much of a chance.

Midwest Region: No. 8 Kentucky Over No. 1 Wichita State

Midwest Region: No. 8 Kentucky Over No. 1 Wichita State
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Midwest Region: No. 8 Kentucky Over No. 1 Wichita State

Midwest Region: No. 8 Kentucky Over No. 1 Wichita State
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Wichita State was impressive in the Round of 64, but they were playing a Cal Poly team that was just 14-19 on the year coming into the game. Kentucky played well in putting away Kansas State, and I think that the talent and athleticism throughout the Wildcats’ roster is going to prove to be too much for the Shockers to handle. The undefeated streak ends here.

Midwest Region: No. 4 Louisville Over No. 5 Saint Louis

Midwest Region: No. 4 Louisville Over No. 5 Saint Louis
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Midwest Region: No. 4 Louisville Over No. 5 Saint Louis

Midwest Region: No. 4 Louisville Over No. 5 Saint Louis
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Saint Louis benefitted a great deal from NC State choking, but was able to capitalize on that to advance. Louisville also had to fight to advance, but they were in a strange matchup with a Manhattan team that was pretty much their clone in terms of schemes. The Cardinals’ experience and talent in the tourney should prove to be the difference against the Billikens.

Midwest Region: No. 11 Tennessee Over No. 14 Mercer

Midwest Region: No. 11 Tennessee Over No. 14 Mercer
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Midwest Region: No. 11 Tennessee Over No. 14 Mercer

Midwest Region: No. 11 Tennessee Over No. 14 Mercer
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Mercer was phenomenal in how they were able to control their matchup against Duke in their upset victory. I just love how this Tennessee team is playing right now. They’re imposing their will all over the floor, and their stars are performing at a high level. I don’t know if Mercer has enough magic to stop the Volunteers from rolling to the Sweet 16.

Midwest Region: No. 2 Michigan Over No. 7 Texas

Midwest Region: No. 2 Michigan Over No. 7 Texas
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Midwest Region: No. 2 Michigan Over No. 7 Texas

Midwest Region: No. 2 Michigan Over No. 7 Texas
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Michigan handled Wofford relatively easily, as they should have. Meanwhile, Texas needed a buzzer-beater to get past Arizona State. The Wolverines seem to be getting overlooked, and that’s a mistake in my mind. This team has the talent to go deep in the tournament, and I like them to continue and/or keep starting that run against the Longhorns.