NCAA Tournament

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

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 16:  The Florida Gators celebrate with the trophy after their 61 to 60 win over the Kentucky Wildcats in the Championship game of the 2014 Men's SEC Basketball Tournament at Georgia Dome on March 16, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIMarch 20, 2014

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
Date2nd RoundTime (ET)TVLive Stream
Thu, March 20(11) Dayton vs. (6) Ohio State12:15 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(15) American vs. (2) Wisconsin12:40 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(9) Pittsburgh vs. (8) Colorado1:40 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(12) Harvard vs. (5) Cincinnati2:10 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(14) Western Michigan vs. (3) Syracuse2:45 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(10) BYU vs. (7) Oregon3:10 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(16) Albany vs. (1) Florida4:10 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(13) Delaware vs. (4) Michigan State4:40 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(10) Saint Joseph's vs. (7) Connecticut6:55 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(15) Wofford vs. (2) Michigan7:10 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(12) NC State vs. (5) Saint Louis7:20 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(12) North Dakota St. vs. (5) Oklahoma7:27 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(15) Milwaukee vs. (2) Villanova9:25 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(10) Arizona State vs. (7) Texas9:40 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(13) Manhattan vs. (4) Louisville9:50 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(13) New Mexico St. vs. (4) San Diego State9:57 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(14) Mercer vs. (3) Duke12:15 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(11) Nebraska vs. (6) Baylor12:40 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(10) Stanford vs. (7) New Mexico1:40 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(16) Weber State vs. (1) Arizona2:10 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(11) Tennessee vs. (6) Massachusetts2:45 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(14) LA-Lafayette vs. (3) Creighton3:10 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(15) Eastern Kentucky vs. (2) Kansas4:10 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(9) Oklahoma State vs. (8) Gonzaga4:40 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(9) George Washington vs. (8) Memphis6:55 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(16) Cal Poly vs. (1) Wichita State7:10 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(11) Providence vs. (6) North Carolina7:20 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(12) Stephen F. Austin vs. (5) VCU7:27 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(16) Coastal Carolina vs. (1) Virginia9:25 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(9) Kansas State vs. (8) Kentucky9:40 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(14) North Carolina Central vs. (3) Iowa State9:50 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(13) Tulsa vs. (4) UCLA9:57 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live

 

Round 2 Picks

Second Round Picks
MatchupWinner
(11) Dayton vs. (6) Ohio StateOhio State
(15) American vs. (2) WisconsinWisconsin
(9) Pittsburgh vs. (8) ColoradoPittsburgh
(12) Harvard vs. (5) CincinnatiHarvard
(14) Western Michigan vs. (3) SyracuseSyracuse
(10) BYU vs. (7) OregonOregon
(16) Albany vs. (1) FloridaFlorida
(13) Delaware vs. (4) Michigan StateMichigan State
(10) Saint Joseph's vs. (7) ConnecticutConnecticut
(15) Wofford vs. (2) MichiganMichigan
(12) NC State vs. (5) Saint LouisN.C. State
(12) North Dakota St. vs. (5) OklahomaOklahoma
(15) Milwaukee vs. (2) VillanovaVillanova
(10) Arizona State vs. (7) TexasArizona State
(13) Manhattan vs. (4) LouisvilleLouisville
(13) New Mexico St. vs. (4) San Diego StateSan Diego State
(14) Mercer vs. (3) DukeDuke
(11) Nebraska vs. (6) BaylorNebraska
(10) Stanford vs. (7) New MexicoStanford
(16) Weber State vs. (1) ArizonaArizona
(11) Tennessee vs. (6) MassachusettsMassachusetts
(14) LA-Lafayette vs. (3) CreightonCreighton
(15) Eastern Kentucky vs. (2) KansasKansas
(9) Oklahoma State vs. (8) GonzagaOklahoma State
(9) George Washington vs. (8) MemphisMemphis
(16) Cal Poly vs. (1) Wichita StateWichita State
(11) Providence vs. (6) North CarolinaProvidence
(12) Stephen F. Austin vs. (5) VCUSF Austin
(16) Coastal Carolina vs. (1) VirginiaVirginia
(9) Kansas State vs. (8) KentuckyKentucky
(14) North Carolina Central vs. (3) Iowa StateIowa State
(13) Tulsa vs. (4) UCLAUCLA

 

Odds

NCAA Tournament Odds
Florida5/1
Michigan State 11/2
Arizona8/1
Louisville 8/1
Kansas 10/1
Wichita State 15/1
Syracuse18/1
Duke 18/1
Virginia18/1
Wisconsin20/1
Michigan30/1
Creighton 35/1
Villanova35/1
Iowa State 40/1
UCLA 45/1
North Carolina 50/1
Kentucky 50/1
Oklahoma State 60/1
San Diego State65/1
Ohio State 65/1
Oklahoma 75/1
Baylor75/1
UConn 80/1
VCU90/1
Cincinnati90/1
Pittsburgh95/1
Oregon100/1
Tennessee 115/1
New Mexico 115/1
UMass 125/1
Iowa125/1
Memphis 125/1
Gonzaga 125/1
Texas 125/1
Saint Louis 125/1
Providence225/1
Stanford225/1
Kansas State300/1
St Joseph's 350/1
Nebraska450/1
Dayton 500/1
BYU500/1
Colorado500/1
Xavier500/1
Arizona State 500/1
George Washington500/1
N.C. State900/1
Harvard 1000/1
North Dakota State1000/1
Field (Any Other Team)100/1

 

Odds Advice

Expect Multiple Double-Digit Seeds to Advance

Jan 8, 2014; Storrs, CT, USA; Harvard Crimson head coach Tommy Amaker talks to guard Siyani Chambers (1) from the sideline as they take on the Connecticut Huskies in the first half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY S
David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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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