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NCAA Tournament picks explained – South Regional

by Stephanie Kuzydym Modified: April 18, 2013 at 5:16 pm •  Published: March 19, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midwest. West. Two down. Two to go.

SOUTH REGIONAL

Second Round:

Kansas vs. Western Kentucky

PICK: KANSAS :: Remember a few years ago when Ty Rogers hit that 3-point shot to send WKU over Duke in overtime. He won an ESPY for “Best Moment.” That doesn’t happen to the Hilltoppers this year – especially not with Jeff Withey around the basket.

North Carolina vs. Villanova

PICK: VILLANOVA ::  Know how everyone is hoping for a Roy Williams vs. Kansas rematch? Villanova and All-Rookie team guard Ryan Arcidiacono spoil that storyline.

Virginia Commonwealth vs. Akron

PICK: VCU :: Because who doesn’t still love VCU’s Cinderella story.

Michigan vs. South Dakota State

PICK: MICHIGAN :: Big Ten player of the Year in Trey Burke? Tim Hardaway’s son Tim Jr.? That’s a recipe for a straight track to second-round victory.

UCLA vs. Minnesota

PICK: UCLA :: Shabazz Muhammad overtakes the Big Ten’s worst team that made it into the tournament.

Florida vs. Northwestern State

PICK: FLORIDA :: Billy Donovan and his Gators love this tournament. The love grows with another victory.

San Diego State vs. Oklahoma

PICK: SAN DIEGO STATE :: Lon Kruger may be the first coach to take five different teams to the Big Dance, but he’s just above .500 in his dance results (14-13). Kruger’s first round results are higher, but I based this pick purely on that he went 5-13 against Fisher when he coached UNLV’s Rebels. And that makes me wonder a lot about why I picked the Aztecs – because, like the Oklahoma State game, this one seems like a prime game for a nice upset.

Georgetown vs. Florida Gulf Coast

PICK: GEORGETOWN :: It’s Georgetown. And this is another game I could see another upset coming in. But I put my faith in George town’s experience, season results and No. 2 seed.

Third Round

Kansas vs. Villanova

PICK: KANSAS :: There is no stopping Bill Self and his Jayhawks just yet. They had enough of losing during that three-game streak in February.

VCU vs. Michigan

PICK: MICHIGAN :: The Wolverines outplay the Rams.

UCLA vs. Florida

PICK: FLORIDA :: That foundation Lon Kruger built years ago, it’s still lasting and it’s winning.

San Diego State vs. Georgetown

PICK: GEORGETOWN :: It’s still Georgetown. They’re still winning and still making everyone believe they could pull an upset, but they don’t give anyone a Cinderella story.

Sweet Sixteen:

Kansas vs. Michigan

PICK: MICHIGAN :: This is one of the top matchups of the bracket. Kansas beat a Big Ten team earlier this season. Michigan wins one back for the Big Ten.

Florida vs. Georgetown

PICK: GEORGETOWN :: Because Georgetown defends AND has Otto Porter Jr.

Elite Eight:

Michigan vs. Georgetown

PICK: GEORGETOWN :: Otto Porter Jr. > Trey Burke.

by Stephanie Kuzydym
Reporter
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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