NCAA Brackets 2014: Picks, Odds Advice, Updated Schedule After 1st-Round Day 2

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NCAA Brackets 2014: Picks, Odds Advice, Updated Schedule After 1st-Round Day 2
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The play-in games are officially over, which means it's time for the real action to start up, as the Round of 64 will get started on Thursday with 16 games.

Despite entering the tournament with a losing record, the Cal Poly Mustangs were able to beat the Texas Southern Tigers 81-69 thanks to some great games from Chris Eversley and David Nwaba. Meanwhile, Iowa and Tennessee played in a thrilling game that went to overtime, but it was the Volunteers who eventually pulled out the 78-65 win.

Now that the First Four games are done with, let's take a look at the schedule for the second round, along with picks for each game and advice based off of the latest odds for each team.

 

All Your Bracket Essentials

 

You can view the official NCAA bracket here

 

 

Round 2 Schedule

 

NCAA Tournament Round 2 Schedule
Date 2nd Round Time (ET) TV Live Stream
Thu, March 20 (11) Dayton vs. (6) Ohio State 12:15 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (15) American vs. (2) Wisconsin 12:40 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (9) Pittsburgh vs. (8) Colorado 1:40 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (12) Harvard vs. (5) Cincinnati 2:10 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (14) Western Michigan vs. (3) Syracuse 2:45 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (10) BYU vs. (7) Oregon 3:10 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (16) Albany vs. (1) Florida 4:10 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (13) Delaware vs. (4) Michigan State 4:40 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (10) Saint Joseph's vs. (7) Connecticut 6:55 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (15) Wofford vs. (2) Michigan 7:10 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (12) NC State vs. (5) Saint Louis 7:20 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (12) North Dakota St. vs. (5) Oklahoma 7:27 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (15) Milwaukee vs. (2) Villanova 9:25 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (10) Arizona State vs. (7) Texas 9:40 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (13) Manhattan vs. (4) Louisville 9:50 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (13) New Mexico St. vs. (4) San Diego State 9:57 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (14) Mercer vs. (3) Duke 12:15 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (11) Nebraska vs. (6) Baylor 12:40 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (10) Stanford vs. (7) New Mexico 1:40 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (16) Weber State vs. (1) Arizona 2:10 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (11) Tennessee vs. (6) Massachusetts 2:45 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (14) LA-Lafayette vs. (3) Creighton 3:10 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (15) Eastern Kentucky vs. (2) Kansas 4:10 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (9) Oklahoma State vs. (8) Gonzaga 4:40 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (9) George Washington vs. (8) Memphis 6:55 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (16) Cal Poly vs. (1) Wichita State 7:10 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (11) Providence vs. (6) North Carolina 7:20 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (12) Stephen F. Austin vs. (5) VCU 7:27 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (16) Coastal Carolina vs. (1) Virginia 9:25 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (9) Kansas State vs. (8) Kentucky 9:40 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (14) North Carolina Central vs. (3) Iowa State 9:50 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (13) Tulsa vs. (4) UCLA 9:57 p.m. truTV March Madness Live

 

Round 2 Picks

Second Round Picks
Matchup Winner
(11) Dayton vs. (6) Ohio State Ohio State
(15) American vs. (2) Wisconsin Wisconsin
(9) Pittsburgh vs. (8) Colorado Pittsburgh
(12) Harvard vs. (5) Cincinnati Harvard
(14) Western Michigan vs. (3) Syracuse Syracuse
(10) BYU vs. (7) Oregon Oregon
(16) Albany vs. (1) Florida Florida
(13) Delaware vs. (4) Michigan State Michigan State
(10) Saint Joseph's vs. (7) Connecticut Connecticut
(15) Wofford vs. (2) Michigan Michigan
(12) NC State vs. (5) Saint Louis N.C. State
(12) North Dakota St. vs. (5) Oklahoma Oklahoma
(15) Milwaukee vs. (2) Villanova Villanova
(10) Arizona State vs. (7) Texas Arizona State
(13) Manhattan vs. (4) Louisville Louisville
(13) New Mexico St. vs. (4) San Diego State San Diego State
(14) Mercer vs. (3) Duke Duke
(11) Nebraska vs. (6) Baylor Nebraska
(10) Stanford vs. (7) New Mexico Stanford
(16) Weber State vs. (1) Arizona Arizona
(11) Tennessee vs. (6) Massachusetts Massachusetts
(14) LA-Lafayette vs. (3) Creighton Creighton
(15) Eastern Kentucky vs. (2) Kansas Kansas
(9) Oklahoma State vs. (8) Gonzaga Oklahoma State
(9) George Washington vs. (8) Memphis Memphis
(16) Cal Poly vs. (1) Wichita State Wichita State
(11) Providence vs. (6) North Carolina Providence
(12) Stephen F. Austin vs. (5) VCU SF Austin
(16) Coastal Carolina vs. (1) Virginia Virginia
(9) Kansas State vs. (8) Kentucky Kentucky
(14) North Carolina Central vs. (3) Iowa State Iowa State
(13) Tulsa vs. (4) UCLA UCLA

 

Odds

NCAA Tournament Odds
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

 

Odds Advice

Expect Multiple Double-Digit Seeds to Advance

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It's usually hard to pick the right upsets, but when filling out a bracket, you better make sure to have at least a few No. 10 seeds or lower to advance to the Round of 32.

Before 2012, it was rare to see a No. 2 seed fall to a No. 15 seed, but three of them have lost in the past two years. While the No. 2 seeds in this year's tournament are pretty strong, Kansas will have to watch out. According to KUAthletics.com, freshman center Joel Embiid will likely be out for the first week of the tournament, with head coach Bill Self saying:

"Based on that, this weekend (in the Big 12 Championship) is out. Next weekend, we feel like is a longshot, but the doctors are hopeful that if Joel works hard in rehab and progresses that it is possible that he could play in the later rounds of the NCAA Tournament if our team is fortunate enough to advance.

A No. 3 losing to a No. 14 has only happened once over the past three years, but a No. 4 falling to a No. 13 is much more common, as one has gone down each of the past six years. That puts a team like UCLA or San Diego State on the map, and the Aztecs have a tougher matchup, going against a team with three players at least 6'10'', including 7'5'' freshman center Sim Bhullar.

If you want a couple of upsets, picking one or two No. 12 teams over No. 5 teams isn't a bad idea either, as it has happened for nine straight seasons, including three of the four matchups last year and two in 2012. This year, watch out for the Harvard Crimson to take out Cincinnati, as they have plenty of depth, with five players scoring in double figures and an overall efficient offensive attack.

 

At Least One No. 1 Seed Should Make Final Four

While it doesn't feel like there's any clear go-to favorite to win it all this year, it's highly unlikely that we don't see a single No. 1 seed at the Final Four in Arlington.

Which No. 1 seed has the best chance to advance to the Final Four?

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No No. 1 teams made the tournament in 2006 and 2011, but other than that, at least one top-seeded team has made the Final Four in every year since 1980. At the same time, however, 2008 was the only time that all four No. 1 seeds made the Final Four since 1979.

If you're looking for a go-to No. 1 team, the Florida Gators aren't a bad choice at all. They might not have the best offense, but their defense is one of the most dominant in the nation, allowing just 57.9 points and forcing 14 turnovers per game while holding opponents to just 39.9 percent shooting

According to the Pomeroy college basketball rankings, the Gators rank No. 3 overall, No. 15 in adjusted offense and No. 4 in adjusted defense, making them an incredibly tough team to deal with.

The Arizona Wildcats might be an attractive choice as well, but with Syracuse slumping and the Jayhawks missing Embiid, the Gators arguably have the easier region coming out of the South, and they should be able to make it to the Final Four.

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