Oklahoman Published: March 19, 2009
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The Oklahoman’s staff makes their tournament predictions.

BERRY TRAMEL
→First-round upsets: USC over Boston College, Texas A&M over BYU, Utah State over Marquette, Maryland over Cal, Virginia Commonwealth over UCLA, Butler over LSU, Western Kentucky over Illinois.

→Sweet 16: Louisville, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Michigan State (Midwest); UConn, Washington, Missouri, Memphis (West); Pitt, Xavier, Villanova, Duke (East); North Carolina, Gonzaga, Syracuse, Oklahoma (South).

→Elite Eight: Louisville over Michigan State, UConn over Memphis, Pitt over Villanova, Syracuse over North Carolina.

→Championship: Louisville over Pitt.

JOHN ROHDE
→First-round upsets: Mississippi State over Washington; Arizona over Utah; Western Kentucky over Illinois; Utah State over Marquette; Maryland over Cal; Tennessee over Oklahoma State; Butler over LSU.

→Sweet 16: Louisville, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Boston College (Midwest); UConn, Mississippi State, Missouri, Memphis (West); Pitt, Florida State, Villanova, Duke (East); North Carolina, Gonzaga, Syracuse, Oklahoma (South).

→Elite Eight: Louisville over West Virginia; Memphis over UConn; Pitt over Villanova; North Carolina over Syracuse.



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