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Picking the NCAA Tournament

Written by johnpatton, March 17, 2011, 0 Comments,
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Tuesday and Wednesday’s “first-round games” aside, the NCAA Tournament begins in full today. And by now, no doubt you have filled out your bracket.

Each year, in addition to various other pools I play in (for recreational purposes, of course), I battle my fiancee, Lee, for a “breakfast in bed.”

I go about selecting my picks through countless hours of research and game-watching. Lee often has another way of choosing teams, be it by uniform color, who our oldest dog Winnie points to (she is a very smart girl) or veteran guard play – it kind of just depends on the matchup.

I thought I’d open the doors and share what she and I have selected for the 2011 version of March Madness.

East Region

Lee

Ohio State over Texas-San Antonio

Villanova over George Mason

Clemson over West Virginia

Kentucky over Princeton

Xavier over Marquette

Syracuse over Indiana State

Georgia over Washington

North Carolina over Long Island

Round of 32

Villanova over Ohio State (“upset of the tournament”, she says)

Kentucky over Clemson

Xavier over Syracuse

North Carolina over Georgia

Sweet 16

Kentucky over Villanova

North Carolina over Xavier

Elite Eight

Kentucky over North Carolina

John

Ohio State over Texas-San Antonio

George Mason over Villanova

West Virginia over Clemson

Kentucky over Princeton

Xavier over Marquette

Syracuse over Indiana State

Washington over Georgia

North Carolina over Long Island

Round of 32

Ohio State over George Mason

Kentucky over West Virginia

Xavier over Syracuse

North Carolina over Washington

Sweet 16

Ohio State over Kentucky

North Carolina over Xavier

Elite Eight

Ohio State over North Carolina

West Region

Lee

Duke over Hampton

Tennessee over Michigan

Arizona over Memphis

Oakland over Texas

Cincinnati over Missouri

Connecticut over Bucknell

Temple over Penn State

Northern Colorado over San Diego State

Round of 32

Duke over Tennessee

Oakland over Arizona

Connecticut over Cincinnati

Temple over Northern Colorado

Sweet 16

Duke over Oakland

Connecticut over Temple

Elite Eight

Connecticut over Duke

John

Duke over Hampton

Tennessee over Michigan

Arizona over Memphis

Texas over Oakland

Missouri over Cincinnati

Connecticut over Bucknell

Penn State over Temple

San Diego State over Northern Colorado

Round of 32

Duke over Tennessee

Texas over Arizona

Connecticut over Cincinnati

San Diego State over Penn State

Sweet 16

Duke over Texas

Connecticut over San Diego State

Elite Eight

Duke over Connecticut

Southwest Region

Lee

Kansas over Boston University

UNLV over Illinois

Vanderbilt over Richmond

Louisville over Morehead State

Georgetown over Virginia Commonwealth

Purdue over St. Peter’s

Texas A&M over Florida State

Notre Dame over Akron

Round of 32

Kansas over UNLV

Louisville over Vanderbilt

Georgetown over Purdue

Notre Dame over Texas A&M

Sweet 16

Kansas over Louisville

Purdue over Notre Dame

Elite Eight

Kansas over Purdue

John

Kansas over Boston University

Illinois over UNLV

Vanderbilt over Richmond

Louisville over Morehead State

Georgetown over Virginia Commonwealth

Purdue over St. Peter’s

Florida State over Texas A&M

Notre Dame over Akron

Round of 32

Kansas over Illinois

Vanderbilt over Louisville

Purdue over Georgetown

Notre Dame over Florida State

Sweet 16

Kansas over Vanderbilt

Notre Dame over Purdue

Elite Eight

Kansas over Notre Dame

Southeast Region

Lee

Pittsburgh over UNC-Asheville

Butler over Old Dominion

Kansas State over Utah State

Wisconsin over Belmont

Gonzaga over St. John’s

Brigham Young over Wofford

UCLA over Michigan State

Florida over UCSB

Round of 32

Butler over Pittsburgh

Kansas State over Wisconsin

Brigham Young over Gonzaga

Florida over UCLA

Sweet 16

Butler over Kansas State

Florida over Brigham Young

Elite Eight

Florida over Butler

John

Pittsburgh over UNC-Asheville

Butler over Old Dominion

Kansas State over Utah State

Belmont over Wisconsin

St. John’s over Gonzaga

Brigham Young over Wofford

Michigan State over UCLA

Florida over UCSB

Round of 32

Pittsburgh over Butler

Kansas State over Belmont

St. John’s over Brigham Young

Florida over Michigan State

Sweet 16

Pittsburgh over Kansas State

Florida over St. John’s

Elite Eight

Florida over Pittsburgh

Final Four

Lee

Connecticut over Kentucky

Kansas over Florida

John

Ohio State over Duke

Kansas over Florida

Championship Game

Lee

Connecticut 72, Kansas 69

John

Ohio State 65, Kansas 62

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Tuesday and Wednesday’s “first-round games” aside, the NCAA Tournament begins in full today. And by now, no doubt you have filled out your bracket.

Each year, in addition to various other pools I play in (for recreational purposes, of course), I battle my fiancee, Lee, for a “breakfast in bed.”

I go about selecting my picks through countless hours of research and game-watching. Lee often has another way of choosing teams, be it by uniform color, who our oldest dog Winnie points to (she is a very smart girl) or veteran guard play – it kind of just depends on the matchup.

I thought I’d open the doors and share what she and I have selected for the 2011 version of March Madness.

East Region

Lee

Ohio State over Texas-San Antonio

Villanova over George Mason

Clemson over West Virginia

Kentucky over Princeton

Xavier over Marquette

Syracuse over Indiana State

Georgia over Washington

North Carolina over Long Island

Round of 32

Villanova over Ohio State (“upset of the tournament”, she says)

Kentucky over Clemson

Xavier over Syracuse

North Carolina over Georgia

Sweet 16

Kentucky over Villanova

North Carolina over Xavier

Elite Eight

Kentucky over North Carolina

John

Ohio State over Texas-San Antonio

George Mason over Villanova

West Virginia over Clemson

Kentucky over Princeton

Xavier over Marquette

Syracuse over Indiana State

Washington over Georgia

North Carolina over Long Island

Round of 32

Ohio State over George Mason

Kentucky over West Virginia

Xavier over Syracuse

North Carolina over Washington

Sweet 16

Ohio State over Kentucky

North Carolina over Xavier

Elite Eight

Ohio State over North Carolina

West Region

Lee

Duke over Hampton

Tennessee over Michigan

Arizona over Memphis

Oakland over Texas

Cincinnati over Missouri

Connecticut over Bucknell

Temple over Penn State

Northern Colorado over San Diego State

Round of 32

Duke over Tennessee

Oakland over Arizona

Connecticut over Cincinnati

Temple over Northern Colorado

Sweet 16

Duke over Oakland

Connecticut over Temple

Elite Eight

Connecticut over Duke

John

Duke over Hampton

Tennessee over Michigan

Arizona over Memphis

Texas over Oakland

Missouri over Cincinnati

Connecticut over Bucknell

Penn State over Temple

San Diego State over Northern Colorado

Round of 32

Duke over Tennessee

Texas over Arizona

Connecticut over Cincinnati

San Diego State over Penn State

Sweet 16

Duke over Texas

Connecticut over San Diego State

Elite Eight

Duke over Connecticut

Southwest Region

Lee

Kansas over Boston University

UNLV over Illinois

Vanderbilt over Richmond

Louisville over Morehead State

Georgetown over Virginia Commonwealth

Purdue over St. Peter’s

Texas A&M over Florida State

Notre Dame over Akron

Round of 32

Kansas over UNLV

Louisville over Vanderbilt

Georgetown over Purdue

Notre Dame over Texas A&M

Sweet 16

Kansas over Louisville

Purdue over Notre Dame

Elite Eight

Kansas over Purdue

John

Kansas over Boston University

Illinois over UNLV

Vanderbilt over Richmond

Louisville over Morehead State

Georgetown over Virginia Commonwealth

Purdue over St. Peter’s

Florida State over Texas A&M

Notre Dame over Akron

Round of 32

Kansas over Illinois

Vanderbilt over Louisville

Purdue over Georgetown

Notre Dame over Florida State

Sweet 16

Kansas over Vanderbilt

Notre Dame over Purdue

Elite Eight

Kansas over Notre Dame

Southeast Region

Lee

Pittsburgh over UNC-Asheville

Butler over Old Dominion

Kansas State over Utah State

Wisconsin over Belmont

Gonzaga over St. John’s

Brigham Young over Wofford

UCLA over Michigan State

Florida over UCSB

Round of 32

Butler over Pittsburgh

Kansas State over Wisconsin

Brigham Young over Gonzaga

Florida over UCLA

Sweet 16

Butler over Kansas State

Florida over Brigham Young

Elite Eight

Florida over Butler

John

Pittsburgh over UNC-Asheville

Butler over Old Dominion

Kansas State over Utah State

Belmont over Wisconsin

St. John’s over Gonzaga

Brigham Young over Wofford

Michigan State over UCLA

Florida over UCSB

Round of 32

Pittsburgh over Butler

Kansas State over Belmont

St. John’s over Brigham Young

Florida over Michigan State

Sweet 16

Pittsburgh over Kansas State

Florida over St. John’s

Elite Eight

Florida over Pittsburgh

Final Four

Lee

Connecticut over Kentucky

Kansas over Florida

John

Ohio State over Duke

Kansas over Florida

Championship Game

Lee

Connecticut 72, Kansas 69

John

Ohio State 65, Kansas 62

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