NCAA Tournament 2012 Predictions And Picks

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NCAA Basketball Tournament Predictions 2012: Your West Region Pick Should Be...

The start of the NCAA Tournament is just a few days away, and if you're having trouble filling out your March Madness bracket, well, no worries here my friend as SB Nation New York has come to the rescue. Below is West region breakdown pick-by-pick all the way until one reaches the Final Four in New Orleans, LA.


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Round of 64

(1) Kentucky Wildcats vs. (16) Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Tidbit: In the Round of 64, I played the percentages with the No. 1 and No. 2 match ups.
Prediction: Kentucky

(8) Iowa St. Cyclones vs. (9) Connecticut Huskies
Tidbit: I have a feeling that UConn will finally focus when its win or go-home time.
Prediction: UConn

(5) Wichita St. Shockers vs. (12) Va. Commonwealth Rams
Tidbit: I really like VCU (just continue reading).
Prediction: VCU

(4) Indiana Hoosiers vs. (13) New Mexico St. Aggies
Tidbit: I have to pick Indiana to win at least one game.
Prediction: Indiana

(6) UNLV Runnin' Rebels vs. (11) Colorado Buffaloes
Tidbit: Colorado has the momentum, but UNLV is just too good.
Prediction: UNLV

(3) Baylor Bears vs. (14) South Dakota St. Jackrabbits
Tidbit: I like rooting for the Jackrabbits, but this is going to be a blowout.
Prediction: Baylor

(7) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. (10) Xavier Musketeers
Tidbit: The Irish are gritty and will out muscle the Musketeers.
Prediction: Notre Dame

(2) Duke Blue Devils vs. (15) Lehigh Mountain Hawks
Tidbit: As I mentioned earlier, in the Round of 64 I play the percentages.
Prediction: Duke

Round of 32

(1) Kentucky vs. (9) UConn
Tidbit: You want upsets?! I will give you upsets!!
Prediction: UConn

(12) VCU vs. (4) Indiana
Tidbit: The Rams will clamp down on the Hoosiers.
Prediction: VCU

(6) UNLV vs. (3) Baylor
Tidbit: Baylor can run with the Rebels
Prediction: Baylor

(7) Notre Dame vs. (2) Duke
Tidbit: Can't see the Irish keeping pace with the more talented and better shooting Blue Devils.
Prediction: Duke

Sweet 16

(9) UConn vs. (12) VCU
Tidbit: VCU will force UConn to make bad late-game decisions.
Prediction: VCU

(3) Baylor vs. (2) Duke
Tidbit: Duke is just too streaky for me to believe they can beat a fast-paced team like Baylor
Prediction: Baylor

Elite 8

(12) VCU vs. (3) Baylor
Tidbit: Who ever would have thought that the Baylor Bears would make it to a Final Four?
Prediction: Baylor


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NCAA Basketball Tournament Predictions 2012: Your Midwest Region Pick Should Be...

The start of the NCAA Tournament is just a few days away, and if you're having trouble filling out your March Madness bracket, well, no worries here my friend as SB Nation New York has come to the rescue. Below is Midwest region breakdown pick-by-pick all the way until one reaches the Final Four in New Orleans, LA.

Round of 64

(1) North Carolina Tar Heels vs. (16) Lamar Cardinals/Vermont Catamounts
Tidbit: I play the percentages in the Round of 64, and the percentages say UNC will win.
Prediction: UNC

(8) Creighton Bluejays vs. (9) Alabama Crimson Tide
Tidbit: I've seen Alabama play this year, and I wasn't impressed at all. Go mid-majors!
Prediction: Creigton

(5) Temple Owls vs. (12) California Golden Bears/South Florida Bulls
Tidbit: USF has a shot in this one if they get past Cal, but, I have the Owls advancing to the Sweet 16, so...
Prediction: Temple

(4) Michigan Wolverines vs. (13) Ohio Bobcats
Tidbit: Upset alert! Upset alert!
Prediction: Ohio

(6) San Diego St. Aztecs vs. (11) N.C. State Wolfpack
Tidbit: N.C. State has the momentum, but, San Diego is just too well coached and too talented to lose in the Round of 64.
Prediction: San Diego St.

(3) Georgetown Hoyas vs. (14) Belmont Bruins
Tidbit: Many like the Bruins in this one, but I've seen Georgetown play a lot this season and they won't lose this one.
Prediction: Georgetown

(7) St. Mary's, Calif. Gaels vs. (10) Purdue Boilermakers
Tidbit: For some reason, I never pick against Purdue in the first round (and it usually pays off).
Prediction: Purdue

(2) Kansas Jayhawks vs. (15) Detroit Titans
Tidbit: As I mentioned earlier, in the Round of 64 I play the percentages.
Prediction: Kansas

Round of 32

(1) North Carolina vs. (8) Creighton
Tidbit: Not to pick on Creighton, but, come one they're play the Tar Heels.
Prediction: UNC

(5) Temple vs. (13) Ohio
Tidbit: I just love how the Owls play, and I don't think the Bobcats can hang with them.
Prediction: Temple

(6) San Diego St. vs. (3) Georgetown
Tidbit: The Hoyas don't turn the ball over and are well coached, and I think that combination will help them advance to the Sweet 16.
Prediction: Georgetown

(10) Purdue vs. (2) Kansas
Tidbit: I'd like to think that the Boilermakers could pull off this upset, which it can, but I am not putting any money on it.
Prediction: Kansas

Sweet 16

(1) North Carolina vs. (5) Temple
Tidbit: The Tar Heels are just too athletic and too good to lose to the Owls.
Prediction: Temple

(3) Georgetown vs. (2) Kansas
Tidbit: As good as Georgetown is about slowing down the game, Kansas is just as good at scoring and it will do that more than the Hoyas.
Prediction: Kansas

Elite 8

(1) North Carolina vs. (2) Kansas
Tidbit: I know, I went chalk, but, can you blame me? These are two really good teams, and I believe that UNC is just a bit better.
Prediction: UNC


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NCAA Basketball Tournament Predictions 2012: Your East Region Pick Should Be...

The start of the NCAA Tournament is just a few days away, and if you're having trouble filling out your March Madness bracket, well, no worries here my friend as SB Nation New York has come to the rescue. Below is East region breakdown pick-by-pick all the way until one reaches the Final Four in New Orleans, LA.

Round of 64

(No. 1-seeded) Syracuse Orange vs. (16) UNC-Asheville Bulldogs
Tidbit: Despite not having sophomore center Fab Melo, a No. 16-seed has never beaten a No. 1 seed and don't expect that to change here, as the Orange have proved it can win without the 7-footer
Prediction: Syracuse

(8) Kansas St. Wildcats vs. (9) Southern Miss. Golden Eagles
Tidbit: The Golden Eagles got a favorable seed, and I don't see a Conference-USA team beating a Big 12 opponent.
Prediction: Kansas St.

(5) Vanderbilt Commodores vs. (12) Harvard Crimson
Tidbit: I think Harvard can hang around in this one, and is good enough to pull off the upset.
Prediction: Harvard

(4) Wisconsin Badgers vs. (13) Montana Grizzlies
Tidbit: A lot of people like Montana here, but the Badgers were tested big time in the Big 10 conference and I don't see them slipping up.
Prediction: Wisconsin

(6) Cincinnati Bearcats vs. (11) Texas Longhorns
Tidbit: As of late, the Bearcats have been hot and I believe they will keep it going in this Round of 64 matchup.
Prediction: Cincinnati

(3) Florida St. Seminoles vs. (11) St. Bonaventure Bonnies
Tidbit: Defense is going to be a key in this tournament and there's not a much better defensive team than the Seminoles.
Prediction: Florida St.

(7) Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. (10) West Virginia Mountaineers
Tidbit: Senior forward Kevin Jones and head coach Bob Huggins will not let the Mountaineers lose this first-round game.
Prediction: West Virgina

(2) Ohio St. Buckeyes vs. (15) Loyola, Md. Greyhounds
Tidbit: I play percentages in the Round of 64 matchups, and the percentages say that the Buckeyes are going to win.
Prediction: Ohio St.

Round of 32

(1) Syracuse vs. (8) Kansas St.
Tidbit: There's a few things that need to happen to beat 'Cuse: 1) Don't turn the ball over; 2) Hit your 3-pointers and K-State doesn't do either very well.
Prediction: Syracuse

(12) Harvard vs. (4) Wisconsin
Tidbit: Cinderella keeps dancing.
Prediction: Harvard

(6) Cincinnati vs. (3) Florida St.
Tidbit: This is a very good Round of 32 matchup, and I'll go with the better defensive team in Florida St.
Prediction: Florida St.

(7) West Virginia vs. (2) Ohio St.
Tidbit: Jones vs. Jared Sullinger will be a great showdown, and the more talented Sullinger will win.
Prediction: Ohio. St.

Sweet 16

(1) Syracuse vs. (12) Harvard
Tidbit: Even without Melo, the Orange are just too good for Harvard in this one.
Prediction: Syracuse

(3) Florida St. vs. (2) Ohio St.
Tidbit: This is such a coin-flip game, and as much as I like Florida State, I have to to go with the Buckeyes.
Prediction: Ohio St.

Elite 8

(1) Syracuse vs. (3) Ohio St.
Tidbit: This will be a huge match-up issue for the Orange with Melo now out. However, Syracuse plays team basketball and they'll find ways to exploit other match ups.
Prediction: Syracuse


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