Whether you love Dick Vitale or not, his bracket has a couple of bold picks this year.
You can’t avoid hearing Dick Vitale if you watch even a little bit of ESPN in March. He’s always on giving his analysis along with some very awesome catch phrases.
If you want to take a look at Vitale’s bracket, it can be found on his website here.
This year, his bracket has some intriguing picks to take a look at. As Vitale says, “They’re awesome, baby!”
Davidson over Marquette
“Unbelievable! I can’t believe it!”
Alright, that’s enough Vitale quotes.
Vitale has a major upset in the Round of 64, with the Golden Eagles falling to the Wildcats. The Wildcats are the best free throw team in the nation, making over 80 percent of their shots from the charity stripe. They also shoot the ball well, making 46 percent of their shots from the floor as well as 37 percent from behind the arc.
The Golden Eagles are a solid all-around team with a star in Vander Blue. He averages 14.3 points per game on 46 percent shooting. However, if Blue doesn’t play well, Vitale’s prediction very well may come true.
Michigan over Kansas
Dickie V has Michigan going to Atlanta for the Final Four, but before that happens he has them pulling off a major upset by knocking off No. 1 Kansas.
The Jayhawks have star power, especially in Ben McLemore. He is a pro-ready player, averaging 16.4 points per game and shooting 44 percent from behind the arc. Meanwhile, Jeff Withey is a monster center, scoring efficiently in the paint and dominating opponents, blocking 3.8 shots per game.
The Wolverines have their own star in Trey Burke. He’s been sensational, earning a spot as a Wooden Award finalist. Many feel that he could very well win the National Player of the Year with his impressive play. He’s averaging 19.2 points per game on 47.9 percent shooting while also getting 3.1 boards and 6.7 assists on average.
The upset is bolder with Michigan’s recent struggles. They’re 6-6 in their last 12 games, and have struggled against good teams. However, it’s Vitale’s job to make predictions, and he could be right on this one.
Michigan State over Duke
While it might not be a bold prediction for most, the fact that Dickie V is picking a Big Ten school over an ACC team is a big deal for the ESPN announcer.
The Spartans have an excellent backcourt featuring Keith Appling and Gary Harris. The duo combine for 26.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. The team also features two big men in Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne that could match up well with the frontcourt of Duke.
However, the Blue Devils have some of the best players in the nation. Mason Plumlee is a beast in the paint, scoring 17.2 points per game on nearly 60 percent shooting. Seth Curry is a scary shooter, putting up 17 points a game while shooting 43 percent from downtown.
The return of Ryan Kelly makes the team even scarier. He missed a large part of the season with a foot injury, but has come back to be a big part of the Blue Devils’ offense. In his first game back, he went off against Miami, putting up 36 points.
The Blue Devils are a powerhouse, but the Spartans could end match up well against them. Vitale’s usual love of the ACC appears to be overshadowed by the talent of the Spartans, and that means a lot.
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