Picks to advance to the Sweet 16:
For my picks from the Thrusday First Round action, see here, here and here.
Kansas vs. Northern Iowa:
Northern Iowa vs. any other seed lower than a 1 would be a good game. Too bad they are playing Kansas in the second round. In Oklahoma City.
The Pick: Kansas
BYU vs. KState:
BYU has been very good this year. They have a legitimate star in Jimmer Fredette. They don't have much fear, and they have some crazy brazilian guy. KState, has some latin power and craziness with Frank "The Stare" Martin (My brother Mark's nickname), Denis Clemente and Luis "I throw ball at basket" Colon. And they have a consistent scorer in Jacob Pullen.
Notre Dame (Ooops) vs. Baylor:
You can believe me or not, but I picked Baylor. They are good. And I love the big XII.
The Pick: Baylor
Villanova vs. Richmond:
I still have Villanova. They have struggled late in the season, but I like the experience of the team and the star power from Scottie Reynolds. Richmond will make this a close game, but it won't be enough to want it more than the Wildcats.
The Pick: 'Nova
Vanderbilt vs. Butler:
I like Butler. Again, look for experience and want to. I think in the battle of stars, you will see Gordon Hayward take the cake over Ogilvy.
The Pick: Butler..... (Does this count as having a Mid Major in the Sweet Sixteen? Is this a surprise at all?)
Kentucky vs. Texas:
Kentucky. At this point it is a risk benefit issue. If I pick Texas, and they dont win and Kentucky goes far, Yikes!
The Pick: Kentucky
New Mexico vs. Washington:
Both teams have somewhat of a home court advantage being in San Jose. I still think the Pac 10 is weak and New Mexico is really good. Plus, they have an experienced coach in Steve Alford, and a star in Hobson.
The Pick: New Mexico
Georgetown vs. SDSU:
There is a thought process in the NFL that teams from the west coast that travel to the east coast for games, and vice versa, do extremely poorly. There are stats (they may be related to spreads more than actual records) that support this. SDSU will be in G'Town territory and just don't have the height to compete with Greg Monroe.
The Pick: G'Town
I will get to Friday's games soon.
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