Sweet 16 Picks

Hey Haven its Matt Basile again, after a crazy first weekend in the NCAA tournament. If anyone is keeping pace with the ESPN Tournament Challenge, every bracket has at least two incorrect games. As of right now I’m currently in the 78th percentile, mostly because I did some last minute changes.

Now for my picks for the round of 16.
3 UCONN beats 2 SDSU because no team in the tournament is as hot as the huskies,
1 Duke beats 5 Arizona for two reasons: 1. Kyrie Irving is the best player in college basketball and 2. Derek Williams is out of miracles.
4 Wisconsin beats 8 Butler because Butler is the second worst team in the tournament at 3-point defense while Wisconsin is the third best in 3-point offense in the tournament.
3 BYU beats 2 Florida for the fact that Jimmer has not been stopped.
2 UNC beats 11 Marquette because UNC has who I think is the most underated player in the tournament In Kendall Marshall. He can distribute the basketball like no other guard in the country and plays very tough defense.
1 Kansas and 12 Richmond is a toss-up. I had Richmond in my Elite 8 from the beginning because they are of the two most underated teams in the tournament along with VCU. If Kansas can get a big lead early, I
don’t see the spiders having a shot, but if Richmond hgs in there early they will slip away and come up with
another upset.
11 VCU’s run stops when they fall to 10 FSU. FSU has the best field goal defense in the tournament by far.
1 Ohio State beats 4 Kentucky no question about it.

I have a good feeling about these games, it’s going to be another great weekend of basketball.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the madness.

2011 NCAA Tournament 2nd Round Predictions

Hello Haven, Basile here, I will be updating you with my knowledge and predictions of this years NCAA tournament. I turn 15 tomorrow, just a sophomore in high school, but I assure you my contribution to the haven will not go unchecked. In case you think I have no idea about college basketball, I enter about 15 different pools per tournament. In three years, I have won a total of $2310. Whether or not you find that impressive, doesn’t matter, I’m just here to help you win your pool.

This is going to be a tournament to remember, With no real superpower prepare for numerous bracket busters. My main second round upsets are #12 Memphis over #5 Arizona. Memphis has 3 power seniors and a very strong bench, expect a high scoring game. Also, I have #11 Missouri knocking off the #6 Bearcats of Cincinnati. Cincinnati has very talented interior presence, but the guard play of Mizzou dominates. Missouri has another advantage in their ability to play both fast and slow tempos. One 3 v. 14 match-up has me worrying. Although BYU is the favorite, do not be surprised if Wofford is in the 3rd round, maybe even the Sweet 16!!!!

Choose wisely and remember…. embrace the madness!

Wofford Nation