2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

March Madness 2014: Bracket Predictions, Odds, Tips for 2nd-Round Day 1 Schedule

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16:  Halil Kanacevic #45 of the Saint Joseph's Hawks celebrates late in the game against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the Championship game of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Barclays Center on March 16, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
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Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2014

The Madness is finally here, and the first day of Round 2 promises to provide some thrilling matchups fans won't soon forget.

Fans know the drill. Every seed is in action, and no team—minus the No. 1 seeds—are safe to advance to the next round given the parity of the collegiate basketball world. Conference, records and mostly the seeds themselves go out the window on a neutral site in the sporting world's biggest event.

In other words, don't miss out on any of the action. The following is a complete schedule for Thursday and odds for the field.

 

All Your Bracket Essentials:

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Round 2 Day 1 Schedule

South Region
MatchupTime (ET)TVLive StreamPrediction
No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 DaytonNoonCBSMarch Madness LiveDayton
No. 8 Colorado vs. No. 9 Pittsburgh1:30 p.m.TBSMarch Madness LivePittsburgh
No. 3 Syracuse vs. No. 14 Western Michigan2:45 p.m.CBSMarch Madness LiveSyracuse
No. 1 Florida vs. No. 16 Albany4:10 p.m.TBSMarch Madness LiveFlorida
East Region
MatchupTime (ET)TVLive StreamPrediction
No. 5 Cincinnati vs. No. 12 Harvard2:00 p.m.TNTMarch Madness LiveCincinnati
No. 4 Michigan State vs. No. 14 Delaware4:40 p.m.TNTMarch Madness LiveMichigan State
No. 7 Connecticut vs. No. 10 Saint Joseph's6:55 p.m.TBSMarch Madness LiveSaint Joseph's
No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 15 Milwaukee9:25 p.m.TBSMarch Madness LiveVillanova
West Region
MatchupTime (ET)TVLive StreamPrediction
No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 15 American12:30 p.m.TruMarch Madness LiveWisconsin
No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 10 BYU3:10 p.m.TruMarch Madness LiveOregon
No. 5 Oklahoma vs. No. 12 N. Dakota St.7:27 p.m.TruMarch Madness LiveOklahoma
No. 4 San Diego St. vs. No. 13 New Mexico St.9:57 p.m.TruMarch Madness LiveSan Diego St.
Midwest Region
MatchupTime (ET)TVLive StreamPrediction
No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 15 Wofford7:10 p.m.CBSMarch Madness LiveMichigan
No. 5 Saint Louis vs. No. 12 NC State7:20 p.m.TNTMarch Madness LiveSaint Louis
No. 7 Texas vs. No. 10 Arizona State9:40 p.m.CBSMarch Madness LiveArizona St.
No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 13 Manhattan9:50 p.m.TNTMarch Madness LiveLouisville
CBS

 

NCAA Tournament Odds

2014 NCAA Tournament Odds
TeamOdds
Florida 5-1
Michigan State 11-2
Arizona 8-1
Louisville 8-1
Kansas 10-1
Wichita State 15-1
Syracuse 18-1
Duke 18-1
Virginia 18-1
Wisconsin 20-1
Michigan 30-1
Creighton 35-1
Villanova 35-1
Iowa State 40-1
UCLA 45-1
North Carolina 50-1
Kentucky 50-1
Oklahoma State 60-1
San Diego State 65-1
Ohio State 65-1
Oklahoma 75-1
Baylor 75-1
UConn 80-1
VCU 90-1
Cincinnati 90-1
Pittsburgh 95-1
Oregon 100-1
Tennessee 115-1
New Mexico 115-1
UMass 125-1
Iowa 125-1
Memphis 125-1
Gonzaga 125-1
Texas 125-1
Saint Louis 125-1
Providence 225-1
Stanford 225-1
Kansas State 300-1
St Joseph's 350-1
Nebraska 450-1
Dayton 500-1
BYU 500-1
Colorado 500-1
Xavier 500-1
Arizona State 500-1
George Washington 500-1
N.C. State 900-1
Harvard 1000-1
North Dakota State 1000-1
Field (Any Other Team) 100-1
Vegas Insider

Odds via VegasInsider.com

 

No. 8 Colorado vs. No. 9 Pittsburgh (-6.5)

Given the seeds (which certainly deserve a double-take at first glance), this one has the makings of one of the tournament's first upsets.

Outside of the obvious, such as the Pittsburgh Panthers playing a brutal schedule in the ACC, there are plenty of reasons to roll with them—and even take them to win by more than the provided spread.

For one, the Buffaloes have struggled against bigger programs all season, with notable losses to the likes of Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA. Those teams tout strong defenses, which is something that already concerns Colorado as they prepare for the matchup with the Panthers.

Coach Tad Boyle spoke about the aggressive Pittsburgh defense and the challenges it presents, according to Tom Kensler of The Denver Post:

Pittsburgh is a very physical team, a very good defensive team. We're going to work with Josh (on double-teams). In the game of basketball, if there are two guys on you, then somebody's open.

We have to find that open guy. We have to get the ball moving. We have to get Pittsburgh's guys in rotations. The fact that they double the post at times can be a good thing for us if we handle it the right way.

Colorado is going to have a tough time scoring consistently, and things won't be much prettier on the opposite end of the court. The combination of Lamar Patterson (17.6 points per game) and Talib Zanna (12.9 points, 8.8 rebounds) will have too much firepower for the Buffaloes to match in a defensive encounter.

Prediction: Pittsburgh 73, Colorado 64

 

No. 7 Connecticut (-4.5) vs. No. 10 Saint Joseph's

The tale of the tape between the Huskies and Hawks is pretty simple—the two tout opposite strengths, as Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports points out:

While perhaps becoming a risky Cinderella pick given the publicity it has received, Saint Joseph's has the potential to breeze by Connecticut en route to bigger things.

The reasons abound. There's senior Langston Galloway, one of the bracket's better overall scorers as noted by his 17.5 points per game average. There's also seniors Halil Kanacevic (10.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game) and Ronald Roberts Jr. (14.4 points, 7.4 rebounds) down low.

Notice a trend? The Hawks are experienced, and that goes a long way in the Big Dance. It's great the Huskies feature strong guard play, but with the lanes clogged thanks to the aforementioned duo, a live-or-die strategy from distance is not a good gamble.

When push comes to shove, the Hawks have what it takes to win under the rim.

Prediction: Saint Joseph's 69, Connecticut 64

 

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