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The “First Four”
Since lines have not been posted on the play-in games I did not make selections, so here is a best guess at a line and a selection for those games.
Pittsburgh vs. UNC Asheville
Estimated Line: Pittsburgh -12
UNC Asheville is scrappy, and they will play close early, but are no match for Pittsburgh.
Prediction: Panthers by 15
Georgetown vs. USC
Estimated Line: Georgetown - 5
USC will play this one close, but they should not have made the tournament and since the Hoyas will be healthy again, they will advance.
Prediction: Georgetown by 9
Ohio State vs. Anyone
Estimated Line: Ohio State -20
Does this prediction really even matter? Ohio State should demolish whomever they play in this round.
Prediction: Ohio State by 21
UAB vs. West Virginia
Estimated Line: West Virginia by 4
This game is the most interesting out of the four games that will be played. Although I predicted UAB to advance, either team could mean big trouble for West Virginia. No upset here, but it will be closer than people expect.
Prediction: West Virginia by 2
March Madness is finally here and as you’re filling out your March Madness brackets remember to slate a few upsets in the first round, but keep the favorites in there to bring home the national Championship.
This year there is plenty of parody in college basketball which could make this the best tournament yet.
Matt Regaw is a B/R Featured Columnist and the founder of BookieBlitz.com, your one-stop shop for sports articles, previews and predictions. Feel free to contact Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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