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NCAA Tournament Picks 2014


These are my quick NCAA Tournament picks for 2014. My selections write-ups will be posted shortly. I couldn't post them sooner, thanks to NFL free agency and issues with the server earlier Sunday, but I've done just as much research as I've done in previous years.

I've had Kentucky and Louisville correctly winning it all the past two tournaments, so hopefully this will be three in a row.

NCAA Tournament Picks (write-ups): South | West | Midwest | East | Final Four

Bracket Breakdowns: South | West | Midwest | East



South

Round 1:

(Orlando)
1. Florida
16. Albany / St. Mary's

8. Colorado
9. Pittsburgh

(San Diego)
5. VCU
12. Stephen F. Austin

4. UCLA
13. Tulsa

(Buffalo)
6. Ohio State
11. Dayton

3. Syracuse
14. Western Michigan

(St. Louis)
7. New Mexico
10. Stanford

2. Kansas
15. Eastern Kentucky


Round 2:

1. Florida
9. Pittsburgh

5. VCU
4. UCLA

6. Ohio State
3. Syracuse

10. Stanford
2. Kansas


Sweet 16:

1. Florida
5. VCU

6. Ohio State
2. Kansas


Elite Eight:

1. Florida
2. Kansas

Florida can sleepwalk through this bracket. Kansas, Syracuse and Ohio State are all struggling right now, so its toughest matchup could be VCU in the Sweet 16. Then again, all bets are off if the Jayhawks get an effective Joel Embiid back.




West

Round 1:

(San Diego)
1. Arizona
16. Weber State

8. Gonzaga
9. Oklahoma State

(Spokane)
5. Oklahoma
12. North Dakota State

4. San Diego State
13. New Mexico State

(San Antonio)
6. Baylor
11. Nebraska

3. Creighton
14. Louisiana-Lafayette

(Milwaukee)
7. Oregon
10. BYU

2. Wisconsin
15. American


Round 2:

1. Arizona
9. Oklahoma State

12. North Dakota State
4. San Diego State

6. Baylor
3. Creighton

7. Oregon
2. Wisconsin


Sweet 16:

1. Arizona
12. North Dakota State

6. Baylor
2. Wisconsin


Elite Eight:

1. Arizona
2. Wisconsin

I have more upsets in this region. I have North Dakota State as pretty equal to San Diego State and Oklahoma, so why not go with them, especially with the 5-12 dynamic? Baylor is hot and could knock off Creighton, a team that plays poor defense. Ultimately though, I like Arizona to advance to the Final Four.




Midwest

(St. Louis)
1. Wichita State
16. Cal Poly / Texas Southern

8. Kentucky
9. Kansas State

(Orlando)
5. Saint Louis
12. N.C. State / Xavier

4. Louisville
13. Manhattan

(Raleigh)
6. UMass
11. Iowa / Tennessee

3. Duke
14. Mercer

(Milwaukee)
7. Texas
10. Arizona State

2. Michigan
15. Wofford


Round 2:

1. Wichita State
8. Kentucky

5. Saint Louis
4. Louisville

11. Iowa / Tennessee
3. Duke

10. Arizona State
2. Michigan


Sweet 16:

1. Wichita State
4. Louisville

3. Duke
2. Michigan


Elite Eight:

4. Louisville
2. Michigan

Poor Wichita State. The selection committee seriously went out of its way to screw over the Wheat Shockers. Kentucky should have been a No. 5 seed. Louisville should be a No. 2. Yet, Wichita State has to beat both of them somehow. It's not happening. I'd love to see the Shockers advance, but the NCAA wants them out. Conspiracy. At any rate, Louisville is a top-three team, and they're easily the best team in this region. It's not even close.




East

(Raleigh)
1. Virginia
16. Coastal Carolina

8. Memphis
9. George Washington

(Spokane)
5. Cincinnati
12. Harvard

4. Michigan State
13. Delaware

(San Antonio)
6. North Carolina
11. Providence

3. Iowa State
14. N.C. Central

(Buffalo)
7. Connecticut
10. Saint Joseph's

2. Villanova
15. Milwaukee


Round 2:

1. Virginia
9. George Washington

12. Harvard
4. Michigan State

6. North Carolina
3. Iowa State

7. UConn
2. Villanova


Sweet 16:

1. Virginia
4. Michigan State

3. Iowa State
2. Villanova


Elite Eight:

4. Michigan State
2. Villanova

Virginia is a very good team, but Tom Izzo is a coach you usually want to back in March. His team is finally coming together after enduring numerous injuries throughout the season. Also, it sucks that the Spartans are a No. 4 here, as I wanted to advance Harvard to the Sweet 16. Harvard is a very dangerous team.




Final Four

1S. Florida
4E. Michigan State

1W. Arizona
4M. Louisville

1S. Florida
4M. Louisville

I use a formula to give me my NCAA Tournament champion. It's 2-for-2 thus far, as it's given me Kentucky (2012) and Louisville (2013) by a wide margin. This year, Louisville is a very slight favorite over Florida, so I'm going with the Cardinals again.




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