Second Round Predictions:
No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 16 Southern– The Bulldogs have taken the nation by storm this year and they certainly won’t fall victim to 16th seeded Southern. Gonzaga moves on.
No. 8 Pittsburgh vs. No. 9 Wichita State– The Shockers are dangerous, but Pittsburgh is battle tested thanks to the loaded, Big East Conference. Move the Panthers forward in this game though, Tray Woodall will prove to be too much.
No. 5 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 Ole Miss- The Rebels enter the tournament red hot after winning the SEC Tournament and Marshall Henderson can certainly put on a show. However, Bo Ryan and the nation’s top defense will find a way to slow Ole Miss down. The Badgers advance.
No. 4 Kansas State vs. No. 13 Boise State/LaSalle– The Wildcats have been a pleasant surprise under the first year guidance of head coach Bruce Weber. Don’t expect them to be one and done in the tournament either. Move Kansas State forward.
No. 6 Arizona vs. No. 11 Belmont- Upset special? A lot of people like the Bruins and so do I. Arizona has yet to stand up to expectations and this could cap off a season that has reach only sub-par standard. Belmont wins it.
No. 3 New Mexico vs. No. 14 Harvard- The Crimson are going to give the Lobos a game, so choose carefully. Kendall Williams is a budding star though and New Mexico will prove too much when all is said and done.
No. 7 Notre Dame vs. No. 10 Iowa State– The Cyclones are dangerous at home, but now we are moving to neutral court settings. Doesn’t matter in this one, Iowa State will take down the Irish in the Round of 64.
No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 15 Iona- The Buckeyes are red hot and looking like a Final Four contender. They’ll advance past Iona in the Round of 64.
Third Round Predictions:
No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 8 Pittsburgh- The Panthers know a little bit about being a No. 1 seed and being upset in the Round of 32 because it happened to them just a few years ago. If their front court players can slow down Elias Harris and Kelly Olynyk down low, they’ll have a chance. Gonzaga should survive though, so move them into the Sweet 16.
No. 5 Wisconsin vs. No. 4 Kansas State- The advantage goes to Bruce Weber simply considering he’s coached against Bo Ryan and Wisconsin on numerous occasions. However, the Badgers are poised to make some noise this March, so move them past the Wildcats in this one.
No. 11 Belmont vs. No. 3 New Mexico– The Bruins’ Cinderella story doesn’t last long, as New Mexico gets the best of them here. The Lobos are too tough and will prove their worth with a trip to the Sweet 16.
No. 10 Iowa State vs. No. 2 Ohio State- The Cyclones won’t have enough to slow down Ohio State in this one. This potential match-up has all the makings of a breakout performance for point guard Aaron Craft, so move Ohio State forward into the next round.