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(8) Pittsburgh over (1) Gonzaga
Going 31-2 and 16-0 in your conference should never go unnoticed, which is why the Bulldogs of Gonzaga are a No. 1 seed in the tournament. As I look at their schedule, I don't see one win that impresses me aside from a one-point win at Oklahoma State on New Years Eve.
Pittsburgh has beaten Syracuse, Georgetown by 28 and nearly knocked off Louisville on their own court. The Panthers come into the tournament winning 11 of their last 15 games. I like Pitt to take down Zaga.
(7) Notre Dame over (2) Ohio State
If Ohio State wants to keep their hopes alive to win the tournament, they are going to need to contain a Notre Dame team which is sixth in the nation in assists. Mike Brey has done a great job with his Irish, disciplining his guys to play unselfish basketball. I see Notre Dame sending Ohio State back to Ohio.
(8) UNC over (1) Kansas
As I said, the last time North Carolina snuck into the tournament as a No. 8 seed, they reached the Final Four. Since Roy Williams put P.J. Hairston in the lineup, the Tar Heels have been playing terrific basketball.
It definitely came as a shock to me that Kansas won the Big 12 tournament, considering right before it started, they were crushed 81-58 by Baylor. I just think Kansas is overrated as a No. 1 seed and will join Gonzaga as the other No. 1 to go home after the round of 32.
(6) Butler over (3) Marquette
Butler is well coached and always has great shooters. They have plenty of impressive wins this year, including an overtime victory over No. 1 seeded Indiana. Three of their eight losses came against St. Louis, who clearly had their number this year.
Marquette comes into the tournament with only eight losses on the year, with only four of them coming against ranked opponents. Don't forget they lost to Green Bay. There were certainly a few other teams more deserving of a No. 3 seed than the Golden Eagles. Either way, they are going home after they lose to Butler.