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2011 NCAA Tournament Picks: Final Four



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2011 NCAA Tournament: Final Four Picks


2011 NCAA Tournament: Semi-Finals



No. 1E Ohio State vs. No. 1W Duke
Some may say these are the top two teams in the country. But who's going to win? Let's check the tale of the tape:

Offense: Ohio State (1) over Duke (6).

Defense: Duke (6) over Ohio State (10).

Margin of Victory: Ohio State (17.1) over Duke (16.8).

Conference Blowouts: Duke (9) over Ohio State (7).

Experience: Duke (defending NCAA Champion) over Ohio State (three freshmen in top six scoring).

Travel: Ohio State (Cleveland, Newark) over Duke (Cleveland, Anaheim).

As you can see, it's pretty even. Two things give Ohio State the edge:

First, many of Duke's numbers are skewed because some of those results happened with Kyrie Irving. And second, the travel comparison is a big deal. Only three teams since 1985 have traveled three timezones and still made the national semifinals.

2011 NCAA Tournament Pick: No. 1E Ohio State


No. 1SW Kansas vs. No. 2SE Florida
Unlike the other semi-final, this is a bit more lopsided. Let's check the tale of the tape:

Offense: Kansas (4) over Florida (12).

Defense: Kansas (12) over Florida (36).

Margin of Victory: Kansas (17.1) over Florida (8.5).

Conference Blowouts: Kansas (7) over Florida (3).

Experience: Tie.

Travel: Tie.

I have Florida getting to the Final Four because they're in a very weak bracket. Kansas wins.

2011 NCAA Tournament Pick: No. 1SW Kansas





2011 NCAA Tournament: Championship



No. 1E Ohio State vs. No. 1SW Kansas
This is so tough to call. Let's check the tale of the tape:

Offense: Ohio State (1) over Kansas (4).

Defense: Ohio State (10) over Kansas (12).

Margin of Victory: Tie (17.1).

Conference Blowouts: Tie (7).

Experience: Kansas.

Travel: Tie.

As you can see, it's pretty even. Both teams are outstanding and could easily win the NCAA Championship.

Both teams have a glaring weakness:

For Ohio State, it's their three freshmen. I don't trust freshmen.

For Kansas, it's their mediocre point guard play. It's not a bad situation, but the Buckeyes have the advantage.

Ultimately though, the Buckeyes' weakness is masked a bit by the strong upperclassmen that complement the talented freshmen.

Ohio State is the best team in the NCAA Tournament, and I'm picking them to win my bracket.

2011 NCAA Tournament Pick: No. 1E Ohio State





2011 NCAA Tournament Picks:
Sweet 16 Redo | East | West | Southwest | Southeast | Final Four | Winning Tips | 2011 NCAA Tournament Home
2011 NCAA Tournament Bracket Breakdowns:
West | East | Southwest | Southeast | Final Four | Schedule
2011 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Breakdowns:
West | Southeast |
2011 NCAA Tournament Preview:
ACC | Atlantic 10 | Big 12 | Big East | Big Ten | Mid-Majors | Mountain West | Pac 10 | SEC




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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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