5 BUTLER VS 1 SYRACUSE
My Pick: Syracuse, but a very very close game!
My Score: Syracuse by 2
Reasons: Even though I think Butler COULD pull off an upset, I think Syracuse's Rautins and Wes Johnson will be too much for Butler.
11 WASHINGTON VS 2 WEST VIRGINIA
My Pick: I would LOVE to have Washington win but if I am being realistic I am going to say West Virginia
My Score: West Virginia by 5
Reasons: Similar to the Butler-Syracuse game I think Washington is capable except West Virginia's Butler might be too much.
6 XAVIER VS 2 KANSAS STATE
My Pick: Xavier pulls off a close upset.
My Score: Xavier by 3
Reasons: I really just think Xavier is capable.
OUTCOME: KSTATE in 2 OTS
12 CORNELL VS 1 KENTUCKY
My Pick: LOTS OF TALK ABOUT THIS GAME! I think Cornell is going to pull it off.
My Score: Cornell by 2 or 3
Reasons: I am definitely rooting for Cornell. However I also feel that Cornell is an amazing basketball team. They have AMAZING 3 point shooting with Ryan Whitman.
OUTCOME: Kentucky by 17. I was being optimistic.
6 TENNESSEE VS 2 OHIO STATE
My Pick: Ohio State
My Score: Ohio State by 5
Reasons: Evan Turner and Lauderdale. Enough said?
OUTCOME: I am not very good at this obviously. Tenn by 3.
10 ST. MARY'S VS 3 BAYLOR
My Pick: This is quite a matchup. I think Baylor could win but so could St. Mary's. I will say Baylor
My Score: Baylor by 4
Reasons: To be honest, I don't know.
OUTCOME: Not even close! 72-49 Baylor. WOW.
1 DUKE VS 4 PURDUE
My Pick: Of course, I am a dukie so I will say DUKE!!!
My Score: Close at beginning but Duke pulls it out by 7 at the end.
Reasons: The Big Three. Even if Scheyer isnt on again Brian Zoubek, Nolan Smith, Lance Thomas, and Kyle Singler can lead Duke to the Elite Eight.
OUTCOME: Both teams struggled offensively in the first half but Duke blew up in the 2nd to win by 13. I WAS CORRECT!
9 NORTHERN IOWA VS 5 MICHIGAN STATE
My Pick: Northern Iowa
My Score: Northern Iowa by 5
Reasons: Ali Farokhmanesh is amazing. UNI beat Kansas as we all know and I think will beat Mich State
OUTCOME: Michigan State by 7. Wow! I was very wrong. However, it wasn't really a seven point win. Mich State just emerged at the end.