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NCAA Picks for Thursday and Friday:


Van Hoo III

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3. UConn over 2. SDSU

1. Duke over 5. Arizona

3. BYU over 2. Florida (No points)

8. Butler over 4. Wisconsin (No points)

1. KU over 12. Richmond (No points)

11. VCU over 10. Florida State (No points)

2. UNC over 11. Marquette (No points)

4. Kentucky over 1. Ohio State

3/8 for the Elite Eight is the best I can do. This year's bracket was probably my worst ever. :P

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picking against the Big 10 yet again? After having an XX on Wisconsin :P

And Kentucky over Ohio St... well at least you're honest that you don't think they're gonna upset 'em even if you picked it. I say Ohio St. is headed for the National Championship.

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Ohio State played really well last weekend, hard to tell if they'll keep it up this next weekend. I wouldn't be at all surprised of Kentucky knocked them out.

Otherwise, I think Florida State beats VCU. VCU played well in the first weekend, but Florida State has that really stingy defense.

Kansas's road to the final four looks like a Rock Chalk Cake Walk, almost identical to 2008, when they played a 16, 8, 12, and 10. This year, if they make it there, it'll be a 16, 9, 12, and 10/11, but Richmond, VCU and Floria State are all tough teams that showed that they aren't teams to be doubting.

Also, Duke sucks.

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That laugh you'll hear will be me if KU loses before the Final Four. It isn't their fault, obviously, but I don't recall ever seeing an easier path.

Also, GO DUKE. :D

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That laugh you'll hear will be me if KU loses before the Final Four. It isn't their fault, obviously, but I don't recall ever seeing an easier path.

Also, GO DUKE. :D

Michigan State, 2001.

Accuscore lists their probability of making the final four at around 50%, they should make it, but obviously nothing is a sure bet.

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I don't think Wisconsin is all that good, to be honest. That and it is hard to pick against Butler at this point. ;)

Ehh, Wisconsin has 2 NBA-bound players (including arguably the best POINT guard in the nation, granted he had a !@#$%* game against KSU), are #1 in the nation in fewest turnovers and are #1 in the nation in FT %. Yes they play slower, and boy do I know how they choke come tournament time, but meh. They are still only of two teams to have beaten the best Team in the nation, Ohio St.

Now, if Butler is able to shoot from the 3 like crazy (like the 14 of 15 Ohio st. shot against us in the last match-up), they can win, but even if one of our star players has an off-night, and one of their stars goes crazy, we can still win à la KSU ;)

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Wisconsin is a solid team, but the really rely on scoring from two players. And they play limited possession basketball. Now, to be fair, they're extremely efficient because Taylor is really good. BUT, if Taylor isn't good, they're in a heap of trouble. As noted above, Ohio State torched Wisky in the final game of the regular season, but the other thing of note in that game was Craft putting the clamps on Taylor. That's the key. Shelvin Mack against Jordan Taylor is the game. And Butler defends the high ball screens really well (because they are so well-coached -- Stevens, IMO, is a top 3, if not the best, coach in the land). That said, Wisconsin does stretch the floor nicely with their bigs, so they can get some points that way, but I think it's still Taylor v. Mack. On the other end, Butler runs a nice halfcourt set, but their shooting is inconsistent. It can come from a lot of places, but Mack/Howard are really the only two guys who can create their shot. This one is played under 120, IMO. And in a tight game in the 50s, I'd be nervous playing Butler.

That's my take! WooOOT! And, FTR, I'm a Buckeye.

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Wisconsin is a solid team, but the really rely on scoring from two players. And they play limited possession basketball. Now, to be fair, they're extremely efficient because Taylor is really good. BUT, if Taylor isn't good, they're in a heap of trouble. As noted above, Ohio State torched Wisky in the final game of the regular season, but the other thing of note in that game was Craft putting the clamps on Taylor. That's the key. Shelvin Mack against Jordan Taylor is the game. And Butler defends the high ball screens really well (because they are so well-coached -- Stevens, IMO, is a top 3, if not the best, coach in the land). That said, Wisconsin does stretch the floor nicely with their bigs, so they can get some points that way, but I think it's still Taylor v. Mack. On the other end, Butler runs a nice halfcourt set, but their shooting is inconsistent. It can come from a lot of places, but Mack/Howard are really the only two guys who can create their shot. This one is played under 120, IMO. And in a tight game in the 50s, I'd be nervous playing Butler.

That's my take! WooOOT! And, FTR, I'm a Buckeye.

Craft did a heckuva job against Taylor in that last game, but Ohio St. played in such a way that no team in the nation could've come close to beating them like that. Shooting 68%, including 93% from 3. I feel like that game should be completely washed in any comparison. That said, I think our main vulnerability is having a star player and team getting really streaky and raining down 3s (à la Cornell, Davidson, or the Diebler/Buford/Lighty combo), so it could be if Howard/Mack play brilliantly. It'll be close, and Butler has had some nice wins in the season, but they've also had some dog-awful losses. And while their win against Pitt cannot be discounted... it is Pitt afterall, one of the biggest chokers of recent NCAA history.

I still think Ohio St. is championship bound.

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