March Madness.. I went 8-6

Posted: 03/19/2012 by levcohen in Basketball

I had a bad showing in predicting the outcomes of the round of 32 games, going a disappointing 8-6. My correct choices were:

Kentucky OVER Iowa State

Baylor OVER Colorado

Michigan State OVER Saint Louis

Marquette OVER Murray State

Florida OVER Norfolk State

Kansas OVER Purdue

NC State OVER Georgetown

UNC OVER Creighton

My wrong picks were:

VCU over Indiana (Indiana won in a close game)

Lehigh OVER Xavier (Xavier won by double digits, after Lehigh led by double digits in the first half)

New Mexico OVER Louisville (Louisville won by a tad)

Vandy OVER Wisconsin (another close game)

FSU over Cincy (Cincinnati overcame a deficit to win)

South Florida OVER Ohio (Ohio, the newest cinderella team, relied on the 3 and beat the great defense of South Florida)

We are now up to the Sweet 16, which starts on Thursday. The matchups are as follows:

#1 Kentucky vs #4 Indiana. Line- Kentucky is a 9 point favorite. This game has a massive storyline attached to it. Indiana is one of only two teams to beat Kentucky this year, and they did so on a buzzer beater. Kentucky has all the motivation it needs.

#3 Baylor vs #10 Xavier. Line- Baylor is a 6 point favorite. These teams haven’t played against each other, but both have all the motivation needed. Everyone counted Xavier out after their brawl with rival Cincinnati. However, they have talent, as they were #8 in the country before the fight. Baylor wants to erase the memory of the killing of a player and the bad punishment the university got afterwards in the early 2000’s.

#1 Michigan State vs #4 Louisville. Line- Michigan State is a 4.5 point favorite. Louisville is kind of under the radar because they are a very balanced team who plays good defense. Michigan State is also surprisingly under the radar, considering that they are a #1 seed. Draymond Green and Tom Izzo are a great player-coach combo.

#3 Marquette vs #7 Florida. Line- Marquette by 1.5 points. Marquette had a great year in the Big East, finishing as its second best team. On the other hand, Florida underperformed to their preseason top 10 pick, falling quickly out of SEC competition. I think the Golden Eagles should be favored by more

#1 Syracuse vs #4 Wisconsin. Line- Syracuse by 4 points. This is the third 1 vs 4 matchup. Everyone is counting out Syracuse because of their loss of star center Fab Melo, but they still have great depth. On the other hand, Wisconsin was perceived as the worst #4 seed before the tournament started. Doesn’t look that way now.

#2 Ohio State vs #6 Cincinnati. Line- Ohio State by 7.5 points. Ohio State was picked to go to the final 4 by a lot of people, and they have not disappointed. A lot of people also picked Cincy to upset Florida State, which they did. Two teams from Ohio battle it out.

#1 North Carolina vs #13 Ohio. Line- UNC by 11 points. Ohio, the only true Cinderella team left in the tournament, looks to upset a North Carolina team that might be without their star PG. Carolina has a super talented team.

#2 Kansas vs #11 NC State. Line- Kansas by 7.5 points. Kansas is lead by coach Bill Self and POY candidate Thomas Robinson. NC State looks to finally get over the hump.

 

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