NCAA Tournament Preview: Northern Iowa Upset Prediction Coming True

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NCAA Tournament Preview: Northern Iowa Upset Prediction Coming True
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Midwest

No. 6 Tennessee vs. No. 14 Ohio

Ohio has already made its season. The Bobcats made a MAC Tournament run to get to the NCAA Tournament and then dominated No. 3 seed Georgetown in the first round. The Bobcats are just here to play and are going to have some fun.

Tennessee has much more talent, but all of the pressure will be on the Vols.

Ohio will not be able to control Tennessee the same way the Bobcats controlled Georgetown. The Volunteers have more threats, unlike Georgetown who only had Chris Wright and Greg Monroe. 

Ohio will still be able to put up a fight with such an explosive offense. The Bobcats will stay close, but will be unable to make their way to the Sweet 16.

Tennessee 83, Ohio 76

 

No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 9 Northern Iowa

People are overlooking Northern Iowa, and frankly, Kansas is a little overrated and is not as much of a lock for the Final Four as people are thinking. 

Northern Iowa has such a great defense that the Panthers have a chance of limiting Kansas' multiple threats on offense. 

As ridiculous as it sounds and considering all of the craziness through the first two days, the overall No. 1 seed will lose in the second round of the tournament. 

Northern Iowa 71, Kansas 70

 

West

 

No. 5 Butler vs. No. 13 Murray State

There's nothing like a great mid-major matchup. Butler got hit with a rough road to the Sweet 16, getting a tough date with UTEP in the first round, and ready to have a tough second round matchup regardless of who won the Vanderbilt vs. Murray State match.

Possibly for the worse, Butler will face Murray State on Saturday.

Murray State has such a balanced scoring attack. The Racers have five players averaging more than 10 points per game, and Isacc Miles is close behind at 9.7 points per game. Butler has a couple of good defenders, but not a solid enough defender at every position to keep all of the Racers in check.

Murray State 69, Butler 65  

 

No. 2 Kansas State vs. No. 7 BYU

BYU has an edge in this game because its offense outmatches Kansas State's defense. This will almost definitely be a high-scoring game, where BYU has thrived all season. 

BYU 86, Kansas State 83

 

East

 

No. 3 New Mexico vs. No. 11 Washington

Washington will not be able to pull of back-to-back upsets. The Huskies made a good run, but it will stop in the second round. Darington Hobson is too good to let the season end this early.

New Mexico 81, Washington 71

 

No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 9 Wake Forest

As much as I would love to see Kentucky lose as early as possible, the Wildcats will not lose to Wake Forest. The only reason Wake Forest was able to beat Texas was because the Longhorns continued to let the Demon Deacons back into the game. Kentucky will not blow leads the same way Texas did in the first round.

Kentucky 83, Wake Forest 64

 

South

 

No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 10 St. Mary's

Villanova has brought up so many questions after finishing the season with a bunch of losses, and then almost losing to Robert Morris from the NEC in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

St. Mary's is coming off a win where the Gaels controlled Richmond the whole way. Omar Samhan will need to have another huge game if St. Mary's is going to win. 

Although it could be seen that Villanova's close game with Robert Morris is just another reason to pick against the Wildcats, it will actually serve as a wake-up call.

Villanova 72, St. Mary's 66

 

No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 11 Old Dominion

The only reason Old Dominion upset Notre Dame is because Luke Harangody was not a factor. Old Dominion plays great defense, but will not be able to stop an offense-oriented Baylor team.
Baylor 68, Old Dominion 61

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