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2011 NCAA Tournament: East Bracket Picks


2011 NCAA Tournament: East Bracket First Round



No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 16 Texas-San Antonio
As good as Texas-San Antonio looked against Alabama State, they stand no chance against the Buckeyes.

2011 NCAA Tournament Pick: No. 1 Ohio State


No. 8 George Mason vs. No. 9 Villanova
Villanova stinks. The Wildcats finished their season on a 2-7 slump. A similar thing happened last year, and they nearly lost to Robert Morris before falling to Saint Mary's.

George Mason has a better defense than Villanova. The Patriots have balanced scoring, great three-point shooting and a head coach who knows how to win in March.

2011 NCAA Tournament Pick: No. 8 George Mason


No. 5 West Virginia vs. No. 12 Clemson
Aside from last year, Bob Huggins always struggles in the NCAA Tournament (11-11 record since 1997 with many great teams). The Mountaineers struggled on the road this year (5-6) and lost their opening conference tournament game. Plus, I think playing on Tuesday will help Clemson.

2011 NCAA Tournament Pick: No. 12 Clemson


No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Princeton
Kentucky has a freshman point guard, but they have too much talent for Princeton. The Tigers have a poor defense that ranks 78th. Their offense is even worse than that (103rd).

2011 NCAA Tournament Pick: No. 4 Kentucky


No. 6 Xavier vs. No. 11 Marquette
Xavier always gets to the Sweet 16. I'm not sure if that'll happen this year, but they should beat Marquette. The Golden Eagles have a pretty bad defense (71st) and have struggled to win on the road all year (4-7).

2011 NCAA Tournament Pick: No. 6 Xavier


No. 3 Syracuse vs. No. 14 Indiana State
No. 14 Ohio beat No. 3 Georgetown last year. Can No. 14 Indiana State knock off another third-seeded Big East team? Nah.

2011 NCAA Tournament Pick: No. 3 Syracuse


No. 7 Washington vs. No. 10 Georgia
I really like this Washington team. Lorenzo Romar is a great NCAA Tournament coach; he's taken the Huskies to the Sweet 16 three times. The Huskies have balanced scoring and an elite offense ranked ninth. Isaiah Thomas has shown us that he can hit a clutch shot.

2011 NCAA Tournament Pick: No. 7 Washington


No. 2 North Carolina vs. No. 15 Long Island
Can Long Island get the North Carolina players drunk off Long Island Iced Teas? That's the only chance they have.

2011 NCAA Tournament Pick: No. 2 North Carolina





2011 NCAA Tournament: East Bracket Second Round



No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 8 George Mason
If you watched ESPN's Bracketology, you heard Jay Bilas say that Ohio State could "easily lose" to George Mason. I completely agree with that. George Mason's a fantastic team, but I'm not going to predict a No. 1 upset in the second round. Not a Buckeyes upset anyway. They're just way too talented (of course I said this last year in my Kansas-Northern Iowa matchup).

2011 NCAA Tournament Pick: No. 1 Ohio State


No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 12 Clemson
Kentucky just has too much talent to lose to UAB, Clemson and West Virginia. They're pretty fortunate to get this sort of a draw, despite their low seeding.

2011 NCAA Tournament Pick: No. 4 Kentucky


No. 3 Syracuse vs. No. 6 Xavier
As I said before, Xavier always makes it to the Sweet 16. They also always won at least one conference tournament game, but that didn't happen this year. Syracuse is a really good team, both offensively and defensively. They've proven they can win on the road, and they have experience. Plus, I trust Jim Boeheim.

2011 NCAA Tournament Pick: No. 3 Syracuse


No. 2 North Carolina vs. No. 7 Washington
Very tough call. This is a pretty even matchup, but I'm making this my big upset in the East bracket. North Carolina has great talent, but they're so young. I don't trust freshmen point guards even though Kendall Marshall is a terrific player. I'm a big fan of Washington, particularly Lorenzo Romar's coaching and Isaiah Thomas' point guard play.

2011 NCAA Tournament Pick: No. 7 Washington





2011 NCAA Tournament: East Bracket Sweet 16



No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 4 Kentucky
I actually like George Mason's chances against Ohio State better than Kentucky's chances against the Buckeyes. The Wildcats have too much youth, a freshman point guard and a poor road resume (4-7 outside of Lexington).

2011 NCAA Tournament Pick: No. 1 Ohio State


No. 3 Syracuse vs. No. 7 Washington
Based on the odds alone, you'd have to take Syracuse in this matchup because there's a better chance that they make it here rather than Washington. The Orange Men don't really have any glaring weaknesses, so I'll be pretty surprised if they lose prior to the Elite Eight.

2011 NCAA Tournament Pick: No. 3 Syracuse





2011 NCAA Tournament: East Bracket Elite Eight



No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Syracuse
The Buckeyes have a better offense (1st) than Syracuse (17th). They also have a superior defense (10th) compared to the Orange Men (16th). Ohio State had more conference blowouts (7) than Syracuse (4).

There is also a better chance the Buckeyes will make it to the Elite Eight. They're arguably the top team in the country, so it'll be an upset if they don't make it to the Final Four.

2011 NCAA Tournament Pick: No. 1 Ohio State



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JF220 03-18-2011 11:36 am xxx.xxx.xxx9.54 (total posts: 1)
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UW teams defense is 6th according to USA today.
J320 03-17-2011 07:06 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.253 (total posts: 1)
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Championship: San Diego St. over Brigham Young University
hurricane maryjane 03-17-2011 06:56 am xxx.xxx.xxx0.76 (total posts: 1)
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haha, i would love to know how many of you actually know how talented and deep kansas's team is
not many teams are going to beat the morris twins
deal with it?
Pcat 03-16-2011 06:08 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.114 (total posts: 1)
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@DKM

if you wanna win your bracket, make it a little unique,

my ff is texas, oh st, pitt, kansas...

pitt/tex final...

pitt win

https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B1i4OZhrUOJxZWNhZTQyNDYtMDJhNi00MmQ1LWJkY2MtNzkxOTE1MjJkNThh&sort=name&layout=list&num=50

here is my bracket

common people post your brackets!!!
DeathSpeculum 03-16-2011 10:47 am xxx.xxx.xxx1.22 (total posts: 1)
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i had Purdue beating Kansas to make it to the final four. Does the recent suspension of Barlow make that an impossibility?
DKM 03-15-2011 09:17 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.97 (total posts: 1)
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Right now I have Texas and SD St. meeting in the Elite 8, but who does everyone think is a better bet to make it to the Final 4? I think Texas is a better team but San Diego St.'s more likely to get to that game. Thoughts?
JT 03-15-2011 12:07 am xxx.xxx.xxx.207 (total posts: 2)
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and i bet St. John's beats gonzaga. DJ kennedy isn't the key to st. john's, Hardy is...Zags suck.
JT 03-15-2011 12:05 am xxx.xxx.xxx.207 (total posts: 2)
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@Dustin - not an idiot just difficult to bet against Kemba Walker and I honestly believe Duke is better than how they've been playing (which is pretty great already) with kyrie.

@Brad- tendency is always to choose 3 #1s and a 2...but it never happens. You usually want your final four to add up to 8-11...last year was 13 total...
It is the SAFEST way to pick your bracket...but usually safe doesn't put you in the money.

@Justin...agree they won't do anything past elite eight

@Bobobobobobobobo- Uconn will lose to Duke.
Bobobobo 03-14-2011 09:38 pm xxx.xxx.xxx36.3 (total posts: 1)
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UConn. Where is UConn. I can see them getting to the final four fairly easily, and right now I am hesitantly predicting them to win it all.
Justin 03-14-2011 08:18 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.118 (total posts: 1)
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ku making it to the final four is a joke. team is highly overrated. who exactly did they play this season? bunch of nobodies, the pac 10 and the big 12. why would anyone fear them?
Brad 03-14-2011 07:31 pm xxx.xxx.xxx7.75 (total posts: 1)
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Is the tournament that top-heavy, or are you playing it REALLY safe with 3 #1s and a #2 in your final 4?
Dustin 03-14-2011 07:17 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.242 (total posts: 1)
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Am I an idiot for thinking that SDSU could beat UCONN and DUKE?
JT 03-14-2011 06:54 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.170 (total posts: 1)
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How come no one is paying attention to the fact that Kyrie Irving is going to come back and put Duke back in the championship for the win? Remember when Duke dominated at the beginning of the year....then Kyrie got injured and they lost a couple games? ya imagine him back...and smarter from studying the playbook. Duke wins as a repeat champion...they just gotta get past Texas and most likely Ohio State...they will own UNC or Syracuse if they meet there...
Ryan 03-14-2011 04:26 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.140 (total posts: 1)
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My big upset is Bucknell over UConn
Isaih Thomas 03-14-2011 04:17 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.242 (total posts: 1)
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How many of you UNC apologists here have actually seen UW play?


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