While Yale over LSU has been the trendy upset pick, the other 3/14 matchups have been widely overlooked. Texas Tech should take care of business vs Northern Kentucky, but due to the Red Raiders’ heavy reliance on Jarrett Culver to carry the offensive load, the Norse might be able to give Tech some trouble if they can force Culver’s teammates to knock down shots. Led by D’Marcus Simonds (18.4 ppg), Georgia State is equally capable of troubling their opponent, Houston. Houston is a predominantly guard-oriented team, and at 6’3 195, Simonds is much bigger than Houston’s guards. Also, Georgia State played well against power 5 teams in the non-conference slate. The Panthers defeated Georgia, Alabama, and Saint Bonaventure and had a good showing at Kansas State too. Lastly, the sneakiest 3/14 matchup to keep an eye on is Purdue vs Old Dominion. Recently, Purdue had been Carsen Edwards-or-bust on offense. If Edwards struggles from the field once again (he is 23-102 on 3s since February), the Boilermakers will struggle to score on Old Dominion’s stellar defense, which ranks 9th in the country in defensive efficiency. Earlier this season, the Monarchs overcame double digit halftime deficits to upend both VCU and Syracuse.Continue Reading!
Both teams have a fast-paced offense but North Carolina is a great team. I don’t see a chance of an upset here.
Prediction: North Carolina
Utah State vs Washington
Utah State has a great duo of Sam Merrill and Neemias Queta. Merrill is an experienced offensive leader that can shoot the three and Queta is a talented rim protector with NBA potential.
Washington’s head coach Mike Hopkins brought the 2-3 zone to Washington from Syracuse and the Huskies have a strong defense. Matisse Thybulle is one of the best defensive players in the country and part of their balanced scoring attack.
The NCAA Tournament bracket has been set and it’s safe to say there are a handful of teams that are considered favorites to win. While these name teams who have had great seasons garner a lot of attention from basketball fans,, there is another type of team that almost every fan enjoys during March Madness – the “Cinderella” teams.
Just last year we saw history when No. 16 seed UMBC knocked off No. 1 seed Virginia. And No. 12 seed Loyola-Chicago became everybody’s favorite underdog during its run to the Final Four. Every year there are upsets and this year should be no different. Here are five games in the Round of 64 that could end with an upset victory.
It’s March Madness once again and I couldn’t be more excited for the first weekend of the tournament. The first two days of March Madness are probably my favorite days of the sports calendar every single year and hopefully, it lives up to the hype this time around. In this article, I will be previewing every first-round matchup with reasons why you should pick each team while also giving a pretty harsh critique of the selection committee sprinkled in throughout the article. (I’m not too pleased) Let me know what you guys think of this, I’m not posting a full bracket prediction but if you have any questions about filling out your bracket I’m more than able to help, I’ve won bracket pools and have plenty of analytics that can help you get the best chance to win your pool. For any further questions feel free to tweet or dm me, my twitter is @mikerothou
Final note, all team offensive, and defensive efficiency rankings will be coming from kenpom.com it is the best website by far, in my opinion, to look at advanced college basketball stats.