NCAA Tournament, bracketology and importance of finding Cinderella: Crowquill

Tricia Pearson
March 16, 2017

Of course all this could mean that thousands of Gonzaga fans are sh*t-posting the other teams, or it could mean that thousands of people predicting the same outcome could be right.

On the other hand, the Kansas State men are in California for their second round game. If they make it past their first round matchups, they could get on a roll.

Despite my first tip, there will be upsets.

No. 6 SMU is another value play.

14 New Mexico State over 3 Baylor.

-No. 5 Notre Dame vs.

Softball (6-9 p.m., SECN+): The UM Rebels and MSU Bulldogs face off for bragging rights in the only meeting of the season between these two teams. Upsets happen. 12 v. 5 has been particularly vulnerable in recent years.

Iona, the only NY team dancing, will play No. 3 OR in Sacramento on Friday.

2 Louisville over 15 Jacksonville State.

If you are wanting to root for a local team, Texas Southern University is the only Houston squad along for the ride.

8 Arkansas over 9 Seton Hall.

If I were to tell you what mid-majors I think will go the furthest, I'd say Gonzaga, Middle Tennessee and Rhode Island. Will a No. 14 beat a No. 3?

Pac-12 heavyweights Arizona, UCLA meet in semifinal battle
Thursday night's contest marked the third consecutive season in which UCLA opened its Pac-12 Tournament schedule against USC. Bryce Alford had 15 points against the Wildcats in Tucson, and Lonzo Ball had 11 points, eight assists and five rebounds.

Tenth seeded Wichita State is also considered to have gotten the Wisconsin treatment.

2 Duke over 7 SC.

West RegionNo. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 12 Princeton: UPSET ALERT will be put on full affect for the Fighting Irish against this tough Princeton team.

2 Arizona over 7 Saint Mary's. Guard Hallice Cooke played for Iowa State just a year ago before transferring to Nevada, bringing their scouts and coaches an inside view of Iowa State's operations.

No. 3 OR vs.

7 MI over 2 Louisville.

1 Villanova over 4 Florida. Their opening opponent, Florida State, struggles on the road, losing six of its nine road games.

One stat that will help Nevada regardless of insider info is the fact that Iowa State is one of the worst teams in the nation at rebounding, ranked 295th. But, come on, Villanova and Duke. Good luck. Syracuse was left out of this year's dance, but teams like Louisville and West Virginia (high pressure, trapping style), or Virginia (pack line defense) are hard to prep for.

Or finally you can look at specific first round pairings to nail your first round picks.

Dating back to 2007, ad spending has jumped from $525 million to $1.24 billion. Result: Lost in regional final. The key is finding which teams were seeded poorly, are coming in hot, and have tournament experience.

The Orange had reached the Final Four last season.

2002 pick: 1 Kansas.

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