Thu. Apr 25th, 2019

NCAAM

South Bracket Predictions

First Round

Virginia vs Gardner Webb

Not happening again.

Prediction: Virginia

Ole Miss vs Oklahoma

Ole Miss has lost five of their last seven and KenPom likes the Sooners more.  I expect a close game with an intriguing guard matchup of Christian James and Breein Tyree.

Oklahoma has a good defense and I don’t think the Rebels will ever get it going offensively.

Prediction: Oklahoma

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Sports Regime’s Exclusive 1 on 1 with Oregon State Basketball Commit Julien Franklin

I had the opportunity to get to know a player that college basketball fans need to know the name of for the next four years. Julien Franklin is a back to back Crestview MVP, state finalist, and regional champion from Villa Park, California. He also holds the record for Villa Park points in one game… WITH 52. He received 5 division one offers, and has chosen to continue his basketball career in the PAC 12 as an Oregon State Beaver.

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My basketball career started at a very young age of 5, but I took football a lot more serious as a kid. I didn’t start taking basketball seriously until the 7th grade when I quit football. Everyday my brother and I would train with my dad and older players that are in highschool and college. I’d say this is what molded me into becoming an elite player.

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Upset Alert: Here are some first-round NCAA Tournament Upsets to Watch for

Well, here we are, everyone’s favorite time of year – March Madness. The vibe is buzzing in the small towns and for the first-ever tournament berths or schools that have ended NCAA droughts. Will top-seeded Duke’s freshman trio crack under pressure against an underrated opponent? That’s just one of many questions are about to be answered throughout the next three weeks.

Three of the four No. 1 seeds are from the Atlantic Coast Conference, showing how deep the ACC is this season. If if you’re like me and your team didn’t make it to the tournament from the ACC (Miami) don’t feel bad – you were the worst of the best.

Expecting the unexpected makes the NCAA Tournament three weeks of Madness. Here are some upsets to look out for.

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Zach Hampu’s Full East Region Bracket Predictions

First Round

Duke vs NC Central/North Dakota State

I really don’t see a plausible scenario in which Duke could possibly lose this game.

Prediction: Duke

VCU vs UCF

UCF has gotten some attention in the last couple weeks but VCU is by far the better team. Despite an A10 tournament loss to Rhode Island, VCU is really good.  They dominated the A10 in the regular season and they have KenPom’s 7th best defense.

Prediction: VCU

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