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NCAA Tournament picks explained – South Regional

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








Midwest. West. Two down. Two to go.


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.


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