(1) Ohio State vs. (16) Alabama State
A No. 1 seed has never lost to a No. 16 seed. It won't happen this time, either. Sure, there's a first time for everything, but I would be shocked if this was an Alabama State win.
Ohio State rolls.
(8) George Mason vs. (9) Villanova
This is a very close call. Villanova has struggled lately, and George Mason has an impressive 26-6 record, but I think Villanova is just too talented in this game.
Villanova wins a pretty close game.
(5) West Virginia vs. (12) Clemson
This is one of my second-round upset picks. I like what the Mountaineers have done this year, in a tough conference no less, but I think Clemson is going to surprise WVU and spring the upset.
Clemson wins in a close game.
(4) Kentucky vs. (13) Princeton
Congratulations to the Princeton Tigers for making the 2011 NCAA tournament. Now it's probably time to leave. I think Princeton will scare Kentucky for about 25 minutes, but then the Cats take control.
Kentucky wins going away.
(6) Xavier vs. (11) Marquette
Xavier had yet another strong season this year, going 24-7. Marquette went 20-14, which would look average, but in the Big East, that's great. The Golden Eagles are more mature and battle-tested than Xavier, so I give them the slight edge.
Marquette wins a very close game.
(3) Syracuse vs. (14) Indiana State
Indiana State has good basketball lore, sure. Upsets do happen, sure. Syracuse could go down, sure. But they won't.
(7) Washington vs. (10) Georgia
Georgia is the second-weakest SEC team in this bracket while Washington comes in as Pac-10 tournament champions. I think both teams will play hard, but the Huskies are simply better than the Bulldogs.
Washington wins a pretty close game.
(2) North Carolina vs. (15) Long Island
I don't need to go deeply into this one. It's North Carolina against Long Island.
North Carolina rolls.