20 March 2013

2013 NCAA Tournament: 2nd Round Friday Predictions

Here we are, the first Friday of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. I'm ready, you're ready, let's do this. Here are my predictions for the second round games this Friday.

TV Schedule

#2 Duke vs. #15 Albany - Midwest - Philadelphia
Hey, there are not many mascots better than the Great Dane.
Pick: Duke

#5 Wisconsin vs. #12 Ole Miss - West - Kansas City
I am not feeling the love for Ole Miss. Yes, Marshall Henderson is an elite shooter from three-point land but this is a team that has been up and down all season long. One SEC tournament run isn't enough for me.
Pick: Wisconsin

#8 NC State vs. #9 Temple - East - Dayton
Your hair will turn gray if you watched the Wolfpack all season long (I do have some gray hairs, fun fact) because they are all over the place, despite their talent. They commit costly turnovers and play shoddy defense. Fortunately, Temple also plays shoddy defense but they are much better at holding onto the rock.
Pick: Temple

#2 Miami (FL) vs. #15 Pacific - East - Austin
I understand teams don't buy Miami, but this will not happen.
Pick: Miami (FL)

#7 Creighton vs. #10 Cincinnati - Midwest - Philadelphia
Cincinnati is not a team that is comfortable if they have to score a lot as they do not shoot particularly well and it is not their game. Not a good sign when taking on this Blue Jays squad.
Pick: Creighton

#4 Kansas State vs. #13 La Salle - West - Kansas City
The Explorers looked solid against Boise in the First Four, but Kansas State is really good and they do not have any glaring flaw.
Pick: Kansas State

#1 Indiana vs. #16 James Madison - East - Dayton
This should be fun, I guess.
Pick: Indiana

#7 Illinois vs. #10 Colorado - East - Austin
The Illini did pull off some upsets and was awesome at the start of the year, but they do not shoot well nor do they hit the boards that well. Great combination.
Pick: Colorado

#2 Georgetown vs. #15 Florida Gulf Coast - South - Philadelphia
Hey, FGCU beat Miami by double-digits this year and they have played a few tournament teams this year. Not a bad club but they have no answer for Otto Porter.
Pick: Georgetown

#2 Ohio State vs. #15 Iona - West - Dayton
Again, another 15-2 upset that could theoretically happen. The Gaels can crank it from deep but when they go cold, look out. Their lack of size will prevent any shocking results.
Pick: Ohio State

#8 North Carolina vs. #9 Villanova - South - Kansas City
The Wildcats have pulled off a handful of upsets this year, but all at home. I like a UNC club that is starting to put it together.
Pick: North Carolina

#3 Florida vs. #14 Northwestern State - South - Austin
The Demons score a lot but they are not a very good shooting team from deep and they will struggle to put the rock in the hoop against a good defense like Florida's.
Pick: Florida

#7 San Diego State vs. #10 Oklahoma - South - Philadelphia
I am a big Lon Kruger fan and he has himself a quality team that does not make dumb mistakes. The Aztecs have Jamaal Franklin and not much else. Give me the Sooners.
Pick: Oklahoma

#7 Notre Dame vs. #10 Iowa State - West - Dayton
A lot of people are thinking that the Cyclones are a good call to pull an upset because they are an elite team from the perimeter. However, the Fighting Irish are very strong from the perimeter in their own right and they should be able to take advantage of a subpar ISU defense.
Pick: Notre Dame

#1 Kansas vs. #16 Western Kentucky - South - Kansas City
You know, if only.
Pick: Kansas

#6 UCLA vs. #11 Minnesota - South - Austin
I do understand that Minnesota was a mess down the stretch. But with the Bruins moving forward without the injured guard Jordan Adams, I think they are vulnerable to an upset.
Pick: Minnesota

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