NCAA Brackets 2014: Picks and Updated Odds Ahead of 2nd-Round Day 2 Schedule

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NCAA Brackets 2014: Picks and Updated Odds Ahead of 2nd-Round Day 2 Schedule
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We're one day in, and millions of fans have seen their brackets go up in flames. What's the worst that could happen on Day 2?

 

All Your Bracket Essentials:

After No. 6 Ohio State lost to No. 11 Dayton and No. 12 Harvard upset No. 5 Cincinnati, only 5.7% of the brackets on ESPN.com remained perfect, per SportsCenter:

While few fans will likely have had either the Buckeyes or Bearcats going too far, those defeats still hurt, especially Ohio State's, since OSU-Dayton was the first game on the day. Those who picked the Buckeyes couldn't even get a single win before their brackets were blemished.

You know to only expect more of the same on Day 2 of the second round.

 

2014 NCAA Tournament Schedule—March 21
Time (ET) Teams TV Odds Prediction
12:15 p.m. No. 3 Duke No. 14 Mercer CBS Duke -12.5 Duke
12:40 p.m. No. 6 Baylor No. 11 Nebraska TruTV BAY -3.5 Baylor
1:40 p.m. No. 7 New Mexico No. 10 Stanford TBS NM -3 New Mexico
2:10 p.m. No. 1 Arizona No. 16 Weber State TNT ZONA -20 Arizona
2:45 p.m. No. 6 UMass No. 11 Tennessee CBS TENN -4.5 Tennessee
3:10 p.m. No. 3 Creighton No. 14 UL-Lafayette TruTV CREI -14 Creighton
4:10 p.m. No. 2 Kansas No. 15 Eastern Kentucky TBS KAN -14 Kansas
4:40 p.m. No. 8 Gonzaga No. 9 Oklahoma State TNT OKST -3 Oklahoma State
6:55 p.m. No. 8 Memphis No. 9 George Washington TBS MEM -3 Memphis
7:10 p.m. No. 1 Wichita State No. 16 Cal Poly CBS WICH -16 Wichita State
7:20 p.m. No. 6 North Carolina No. 11 Providence TNT UNC -4 Providence
7:27 p.m. No. 5 Virginia Commonwealth No. 12 Stephen F. Austin TruTV VCU -6.5 VCU
9:20 p.m. No. 1 Virginia No. 16 Coastal Carolina TBS VIRG -21 Virginia
9:45 p.m. No. 8 Kentucky No. 9 Kansas state CBS UK -6.5 Kentucky
9:50 p.m. No. 3 Iowa State No. 14 N.C. Central TNT ISU -8 Iowa State
9:57 p.m. No. 4 UCLA No. 13 Tulsa TruTV UCLA -8.5 Tulsa

Sports Media Watch and Vegas Insider

Note: All odds are courtesy of VegasInsider.com.

 

Games to Watch

No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 16 Coastal Carolina

As every college basketball fan knows, a No. 16 seed has ever beaten a No. 1.

In 1989, Princeton and East Tennessee State got as close as any No. 16 has, when they lost by one point to Georgetown and Oklahoma, respectively.

So, will it happen here?

Almost certainly not, but of all the No. 1 seeds, Virginia is the most vulnerable. The Cavaliers are the weakest top seed in the tournament, and their slow tempo may keep Coastal Carolina in the game. The longer the Chanticleers hang around, the more their belief will grow and the more the pressure will weigh on UVA.

You'll be kicking yourself if Coastal Carolina does win and you missed it.

 

No. 8 Kentucky vs. No. 9 Kansas State

Nobody's made the argument that Kentucky has struggled this season for a lack of talent. The Wildcats, on paper, have a championship-caliber team. Their performance has demonstrated, though, that pure talent doesn't always win the day.

Give John Calipari credit in this respect: He's found a way to forge an us-against-the-world mentality in team that was ranked No. 1 in the preseason, and about whom a perfect season was discussed.

Listening to Willie Cauley-Stein and Andrew Harrison, you'd think the Wildcats were some plucky upstart fighting for respect, per Kyle Tucker of The Courier-Journal:

We can all hope that this starved fanbase can finally taste some success after over a year without a national title.

 

No. 6 North Carolina vs. No. 11 Providence

North Carolina is in the same class with Kentucky in that it has played below expectations this season, but on their best day, the Tar Heels are capable of beating anyone.

The health of Marcus Paige will be an ongoing storyline. The sophomore has emerged as a star this year and helped carry the Heels through the second-half run that saw them win 12 games in a row between the end of January and beginning of March.

Paige's thigh has been giving him problems, though, and Inside Carolina reported that he'll probably be forced to wear padding against Providence on Friday:

If Paige is off his game, the Friars are more than capable of stealing this one.

 

No. 3 Creighton vs. No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette

Cherish every moment you have left of Doug McDermott. Forget about whether he's the next (insert star white player). McDermott scores in buckets and has almost single-handedly carried Creighton to a No. 3 seed this year.

The Bluejays are a good team, but McDermott makes them a great one. They certainly have a chance to win it all, but against the really good teams, you'd expect them to come undone as a result of their over-reliance on their biggest star.

This could be the last time you see McDermott in his pomp at the college level, where he's hitting everything in sight and dropping 20-plus points in the first half.

Plus, who knows if he's gonna break Pete Maravich's scoring record?

 

All stats are courtesy of Sports-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.

 

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