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2011 NCAA Tournament Picks: Final Four



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



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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Doug 03-14-2011 03:05 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.166 (total posts: 1)
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Washington doesnt have anyone to handle Tyler Zeller (7'0) and John Henson (6'10). UNC is the best rebounding team in the country.
Rusty Shackelford 03-14-2011 01:35 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.206 (total posts: 1)
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St. Johns will beat Gonzaga and will probably beat BYU too even with Kennedy out.
Tar Heel pride 03-14-2011 01:29 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.0.7 (total posts: 1)
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Whats with the disrespect for unc...i saw on espn a second ago washington was picked to upset the heels as well. I dout it....the heels can play with anyone in the country,while i'm not predicting a ncaa championship anything other than the sweet 16 is a slap in the face.
Randy Shannon's Moustache 03-14-2011 11:06 am xxx.xxx.xxx.170 (total posts: 1)
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No way UNC loses in Charlotte. I think they're 123010-0 all time there in the NCAA tourney.
NBD143 03-14-2011 10:37 am xxx.xxx.xxx4.27 (total posts: 2)
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Upset Special BABY!! Ohio State is going down
NBD143 03-14-2011 10:36 am xxx.xxx.xxx4.27 (total posts: 2)
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Ohio State is going out in the first round. GO ALABAMA STATE!!!!!!!!!!
Josh 03-14-2011 07:51 am xxx.xxx.xxx3.96 (total posts: 1)
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Love the picks,great job!!
However my best bet is Vandy in the first round vs Richmond, cmon that is stealing BABY!!
But love your Cinci and Gonzaga but if Singleton is healthy FLST is the NUTS
Walter 03-14-2011 02:56 am xxx.xxx.xxx9.63 (total posts: 2)
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First comment... we're going to have comment boards like this all over the site soon. We're still working out the kinks, so this is not the finished product.




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