March Madness 2014 Bracket: Complete Round 2 Picks for Your Printable Sheet

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMarch 19, 2014

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 14:  Monte Morris #11 of the Iowa State Cyclones smiles as he stands next to a dejected Naadir Tharpe #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks during the Big 12 Basketball Tournament semifinal game at Sprint Center on March 14, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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With the first round of action just about completed, the field of 64 teams that will compete in Round 2 of the 2014 NCAA tournament is beginning to come to fruition. This is the time to get your March Madness bracket prepped and ready.

Before you print your sheet and begin inking in which teams will progress into the later rounds of the tournament, be weary of slumping favorites and Cinderella candidates. When these teams meet, brackets can get busted pretty quickly.

 

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Let's take a look at the complete second round of the tournament and predict the winner for each game, followed by some analysis for a few crucial matchups.

 

Round 2 Predictions

2014 NCAA Tournament Round 2 Predictions
RegionMatchupWinner
SouthAlbany vs. FloridaFlorida
SouthPitt vs. ColoradoPitt
SouthStephen F. Austin vs. VCUVCU
SouthTulsa vs. UCLAUCLA
SouthDayton vs. Ohio StateOhio State
SouthW. Michigan vs. SyracuseSyracuse
SouthStanford vs. New MexicoNew Mexico
SouthE. Kentucky vs. KansasKansas
WestWeber State vs. ArizonaArizona
WestGonzaga vs. Oklahoma StateOklahoma State
WestNorth Dakota State vs. OklahomaNorth Dakota State
WestNew Mexico State vs. San Diego StateSan Diego State
WestNebraska vs. BaylorBaylor
WestLouisiana-Lafayette vs. CreightonCreighton
WestBYU vs. OregonOregon
WestAmerican vs. WisconsinWinsonsin
EastCoastal Carolina vs. VirginiaVirginia
EastGeorge Washington vs. MemphisMemphis
EastHarvard vs. CincinnatiCincinnati
EastDelaware vs. Michigan StateMichigan State
EastProvidence vs. North CarolinaNorth Carolina
EastNC Central vs. Iowa StateIowa State
EastSt. Joe's vs. UConnSt. Joe's
EastUW-Milwaukee vs. VillanovaVillanova
MidwestTBD vs. Wichita StateWichita State
MidwestKansas State vs. KentuckyKentucky
MidwestNC State vs. St. LouisSt. Louis
MidwestManhattan vs. LouisvilleLouisville
MidwestTBD vs. MassachusettsMassachusetts
MidwestMercer vs. DukeDuke
MidwestArizona State vs. TexasArizona State
MidwestWofford vs. MichiganMichigan
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Round 2 Analysis 

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 14:  Talib Zanna #42 of the Pittsburgh Panthers celebrates on the bench with teammates against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the quarterfinals of the 2014 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 14, 201
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Many predictions are easy in the early stages of the NCAA tournament. For example, every No. 1 seed will win its first game. Don't get cute with your bracket and pick a No. 16 seed to upset any of them—it won't happen.

The same can be said for all of the tournament's No. 2 seeds. Even though Villanova has been struggling lately, it is still a far superior team than Milwaukee. No. 3 and 4 seeds can be a little tricky, but each one has a favorable Round 2 matchup and all should advance.

Beware of No. 5 Oklahoma. The Sooners have a strong chance of being upset by a surging North Dakota State team that features a deep roster and plays well-balanced basketball.

No. 6 Massachusetts could also find itself in trouble should Tennessee advance to Round 2. The Volunteers had a great late-season run, and the Minutemen have zero momentum after a brutal 85-77 loss to George Washington in the conference tournament.

The two No. 7 seeds that have the biggest chances of being upset are Connecticut against a very good St. Joseph's squad and Texas against an unpredictable Arizona State team.

The eighth-versus-ninth seed matchups are always difficult to predict.

This year, look for the defensively sound No. 9 Pittsburgh Panthers to oust No. 8 Colorado. Also, Oklahoma State has a great chance of taking down Gonzaga due to the recent stellar play of Marcus Smart and Co.

No. 8 Kentucky and No. 8 Memphis should be tested by Kansas State and George Washington, respectively; however, both teams have the necessary firepower to fend off the No. 9 seeds.