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Predictions for March Madness

Here are my predictions for the NCAA tournament.

SOUTH REGION
ROUND OF 64
Florida over Albany. The Gators are so tough defensively and have great experience.
Pittsburgh over Colorado. This might have been different if Spencer Dinwiddie wasn't hurt. Pittsburgh is so physical.
VCU over Stephen F. Austin. The Lumberjacks have won 28 in a row, but Shaka Smart has a tough team, a legit sleeper.
UCLA over Tulsa. The coaching matchup features Steve Alford vs. Danny Manning, but the Bruins are playing too well to stumble here.
Ohio State over Dayton. In-state rivals will have a good game. I like the Buckeyes to advance.
Syracuse over Western Michigan. C.J. Fair has to respond to the challenge.
New Mexico over Stanford. The Lobos are too strong up front with Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk.
Kansas over Eastern Kentucky. The Jayhawks won't miss Joel Embiid here. Andrew Wiggins has been hot.

ROUND OF 32
Florida over Pittsburgh. Gators survive despite Panthers playing a physical game.
UCLA over VCU. Kyle Anderson is playing like an elite performer.
Syracuse over Ohio State. One of the more interesting matchups of this round. Tyler Ennis vs. Aaron Craft should be fun to watch.
New Mexico over Kansas. Jayhawks won by 17 in the regular season, but the Lobos take the rematch with Embiid out this time.

SWEET 16
Florida over UCLA.
Scottie Wilbekin & Co. survive and advance in a tough test. Gator fans will flock to Memphis.
Syracuse over New Mexico. Jerami Grant must be a factor against the Lobos' front line.

REGIONAL FINAL
Florida over Syracuse. The Gators continue their long winning streak and go to Texas for the Final Four.


EAST REGION
ROUND OF 64
Virginia over Coastal Carolina. Ex-Clemson coach Cliff Ellis falls against a former ACC rival.
Memphis over George Washington. The Tigers have firepower at guard.
Cincinnati over Harvard. Experience with Sean Kilpatrick, Justin Jackson and Titus Rubles is vital.
Michigan State over Delaware. The Spartans are peaking at the right time.
North Carolina over Providence. Marcus Paige outduels Bryce Cotton.
Iowa State over NC Central. Iowa State can't take this one lightly, but the Cyclones should advance.
Connecticut over Saint Joseph's. Shabazz Napier leads the way.
Villanova over Milwaukee. James Bell went 0-for-8 in the loss to Seton Hall at the Big East tournament. He will bounce back.

ROUND OF 32
Virginia over Memphis.
The Cavaliers have great balance and defense.
Michigan State over Cincinnati. Not an easy matchup for the Spartans, but they will survive.
Iowa State over North Carolina. Melvin Ejim and DeAndre Kane are too much for the Tar Heels.
Villanova over Connecticut. Old Big East rivals meet.

SWEET 16
Michigan State over Virginia.
Tom Izzo's guards can match up well with the Cavaliers.
Iowa State over Villanova. Fred Hoiberg's team is on a roll.

REGIONAL FINAL
Michigan State over Iowa State.
Izzo goes back to the Final Four.


WEST REGION
ROUND OF 64
Arizona over Weber State.
Sean Miller's team will prevail easily.
Oklahoma State over Gonzaga. Marcus Smart & Co. are a dangerous lower seed.
Oklahoma over North Dakota State. Sooners will be tested here.
San Diego State over New Mexico State. Too much Xavier Thames.
Baylor over Nebraska. Former Big 12 foes square off.
Creighton over Louisiana-Lafayette. Doug McDermott scores 30.
Oregon over BYU. Ducks are too quick and battle-tested.
Wisconsin over American. Frank Kaminsky & Co. pick up the win.

ROUND OF 32
Arizona over Oklahoma State.
Nick Johnson vs. Marcus Smart. Wow!
San Diego State over Oklahoma. Steve Fisher's team moves on.
Creighton over Baylor. This will be a great game.
Wisconsin over Oregon. Badgers defense too much for Ducks.

SWEET 16
Arizona over San Diego State. Wildcats won a close one vs. Aztecs in the regular season. It will happen again.
Wisconsin over Creighton. The Badgers have the bodies to match up with McDermott.

REGIONAL FINAL
Arizona over Wisconsin. Even without Brandon Ashley, the Wildcats make the Final Four.


MIDWEST REGION
ROUND OF 64
Wichita State over Cal Poly. Gregg Marshall's team wins easily.
Kentucky over Kansas State. John Calipari's team has a chip on its shoulder.
NC State over Saint Louis. The Wolfpack will take advantage of their second life.
Louisville over Manhattan. Teacher Rick Pitino beats pupil Steve Masiello.
Massachusetts over Tennessee.. Chaz Williams & Co. move on.
Duke over Mercer. Too much Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood.
Arizona State over Texas. An even matchup that could go to the wire.
Michigan over Wofford. Nik Stauskas & Co. advance.

ROUND OF 32
Kentucky over Wichita State.
Just like Gonzaga felt last year.
Louisville over NC State. Pitino's team is hitting its peak.
Duke over Massachusetts. Coach K has his team prepared.
Michigan over Arizona State. Jahii Carson is inconsistent in this one.

SWEET 16
Louisville over Kentucky. Revenge factor.
Michigan over Duke. Also revenge.

REGIONAL FINAL
Louisville over Michigan. Russ Smith over Nik Stauskas.


FINAL FOUR
Michigan State over Florida. Rematch of the 2000 national championship game goes to Sparty.
Louisville over Arizona. Cardinals are a little deeper.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Michigan State over Louisville. Rigatoni special.