March Madness 2014 Bracket: Easy Picks to Make on Your Printable Bracket

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March Madness 2014 Bracket: Easy Picks to Make on Your Printable Bracket
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Now that the field of 68 teams that will compete in the 2014 NCAA tournament has been revealed upon the conclusion of Selection Sunday, it's time to start filling out your March Madness bracket. Of course, a successful bracket begins with correctly picking as many Round 2 matchups as possible.

The more teams that are still alive on your bracket entering Round 3, the better the chances are of producing a high score going forward. There will be upsets and close contests early on. Identifying these matchups is a must before inking your winners on your printable bracket.

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Let's take a look at full Round 2 projections for the 2014 NCAA tournament followed by some brief explanations of some pivotal matchups.

 

Round 2 Predictions

2014 NCAA Tournament: Full Round 2 Predictions
Region Matchup Winner
South TBD vs. Florida Florida
South Pitt vs. Colorado Pitt
South Stephen F. Austin vs. VCU VCU
South Tulsa vs. UCLA UCLA
South Dayton vs. Ohio State Ohio State
South W. Michigan vs. Syracuse Syracuse
South Stanford vs. New Mexico New Mexico
South E. Kentucky vs. Kansas Kansas
West Weber State vs. Arizona Arizona
West Gonzaga vs. Oklahoma State Oklahoma State
West North Dakota State vs. Oklahoma Oklahoma
West New Mexico State vs. San Diego State San Diego State
West Nebraska vs. Baylor Baylor
West Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Creighton Creighton
West BYU vs. Oregon Oregon
West American vs. Wisconsin Winsonsin
East Coastal Carolina vs. Virginia Virginia
East George Washington vs. Memphis Memphis
East Harvard vs. Cincinnati Cincinnati
East Delaware vs. Michigan State Michigan State
East Providence vs. North Carolina North Carolina
East NC Central vs. Iowa State Iowa State
East St. Joe's vs. UConn UConn
East UW-Milwaukee vs. Villanova Villanova
Midwest TBD vs. Wichita State Wichita State
Midwest Kansas State vs. Kentucky Kentucky
Midwest TBD vs. St. Louis St. Louis
Midwest Manhattan vs. Louisville Louisville
Midwest TBD vs. Massachusetts Massachusetts
Midwest Mercer vs. Duke Duke
Midwest Arizona State vs. Texas Arizona State
Midwest Wofford vs. Michigan Michigan

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Analysis

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No. 9 Pittsburgh will upset No. 8 Colorado in the South Region. The Panthers offense has been surging of late, putting up at least 80 points in three-consecutive games before facing Virginia's stout defense in the ACC tournament.

Colorado simply does not have the firepower to keep up with the Panthers. The team most recently lost to a beatable Arizona squad, and only put up 43 points in the game.

No. 10 Arizona State will send No. 7 Texas home early in the Midwest Region. Despite losing three-consecutive games, the Sun Devils offense has a great chance to get back on track against Texas.

After giving up 86 points to Baylor in the Longhorns' most recent loss, Texas head coach Rick Barnes explained that his team didn't execute during a press conference with the Associated Press, via ESPN.com:

"You really have to give Baylor a lot of credit in the fact that they executed offensively and we didn't really do the things we needed to do."

If Texas comes out flat once again, Arizona State will be moving on to Round 3.

No. 9 Oklahoma State will take down No. 8 Gonzaga in the West Region. Since Marcus Smart's return from his three-game suspension, the Cowboys offense has been on fire. In each of their last seven games, they have scored at least 70 points.

Even though Gonzaga has looked good lately, the team had some close contests with some far inferior teams. Smart and Oklahoma State's 16th-ranked offense will be too much for the Bulldogs 54th-ranked defense, and the Cowboys will move on to Round 3.

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