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

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

 

All Your Bracket Essentials:

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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
Region Matchup Winner
South Albany 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 North Dakota State
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 St. Joe's
East UW-Milwaukee vs. Villanova Villanova
Midwest TBD vs. Wichita State Wichita State
Midwest Kansas State vs. Kentucky Kentucky
Midwest NC State 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

Sean O'Donnell's Predictions

 

Round 2 Analysis 

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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.

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