The 2014 edition of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament has fans of college athletics ready for March Madness. With one of the best postseasons in sports, the hype around the updated schedule and odds has the basketball world in a frenzy.
Here is all the bracket information college basketball fans need, the latest odds and the remaining schedule for the entire tournament.
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Here is the full remaining schedule.
Friday’s Best Matchups
No. 3 Duke vs. No. 14 Mercer
The Duke Blue Devils are perennially one of the best teams in college basketball, but the program is scheduled for a brutal matchup against the underrated Mercer Bears.
While Duke will get all of the mainstream love as the No. 3 seed, the team lost in the conference tournament to Virginia and has not looked impervious to end the season. Mercer has just two losses since Feb. 7.
There are many bracketeers struggling to pick this matchup, and Seth Davis of CBS Sports is amongst them:
Not only did the Bears win the Atlantic Sun Conference championship against a very talented Florida Gulf Coast team, but the program also managed to rank 29th in the nation with a .475 field-goal percentage and finished 25th with 79.3 points per game.
Fans can never count out a team led by a basketball genius like Mike Krzyzewski, but this is not the kind of Duke team we have seen in the past. With a lack of overall chemistry and elite talent, Mercer will have enough to stun the world in the second round.
Predicted Winner: Mercer defeats Duke, 77-74
No. 8 Memphis vs. No. 9 George Washington
The No. 8-seeded Memphis Tigers will square off against the No. 9-seeded George Washington Colonials in the second round, and this has been one of the toughest matchups to pick on this year's bracket.
While Memphis has been strong this season, this is George Washington’s chance to shine.
George Washington has played well enough to make a deep run this season, but President Barack Obama did not pick the team to win in his bracket, something that has outraged head coach Mike Lonergan:
President Obama may not have faith in George Washington, but their elite guard tandem of senior Maurice Creek (14.3 points per game) and sophomore Kethan Savage (12.7) will match the high-paced offense of Memphis.
Add in the defensive pressure from the Colonials and the recent blockbuster wins over Saint Joseph’s and Massachusetts, and it has become abundantly clear that the Tigers are in serious trouble.
Predicted Winner: George Washington defeats Memphis, 80-77
*Stats via ESPN.com.