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The Round of 32 starts today and if it’s like the Round of 64, we are in for some fireworks. Here are 32 predictions for this weekends games.
Can you feel it? MARCH MADNESS IS IN FULL EFFECT!
The craziest event in all sports is upon us once again, and the opening round didn’t disappoint.
The stage has been set. This could become the best tournament of the decade.
As we enter the weekend, here are 32 predictions/observations as teams fight for their spot in the sweet sixteen.
- Two mid-majors will make the Sweet-16. No, I do not include Gonzaga in this because their mid-major card has been revoked. My money is on St. Peters and Richmond.
- A number one seed won’t make it out of the weekend. (Looking at you, Gonzaga)
- The luck of the Irish continues. After winning a play-in game on St. Patrick’s day and handling Alabama, the Irish face a tough Texas Tech defense. I say Notre Dame continues to find gold this weekend as they will find themselves in the sweet sixteen.
- The Coach K farewell tour WON’T end this weekend.
- Three B1G teams will make the Sweet-16.
- St. Mary’s vs. UCLA will be the game of the weekend!
- Ohio State’s EJ Liddell will post a double-double against Villanova.
- Only one SEC team will make the Sweet-16, and my money’s on the Razorbacks.
- Johnny Juzang will score 20+ in his matchup against St. Mary’s. After going 3-11 for only 9 points in his first-round game against Akron, look for a rebound game for Juzang.
- Memphis will cover +10.5. The frontcourt tandem of Jalen Duren and Deandre Williams should be a tough test for Drew Timme and Chet Holmgren.
- Chet Holmgren will foul out.
- Notre Dame’s Cormac Ryan will make 4+ three-pointers.
- Auburn will be the next two seed to be eliminated.
- Devante Jones potentially returns from injury for the matchup between Michigan and Tennessee. The senior guard will have his first NCAA Tournament experience, and I expect him to have a big game.
- With Jones returning to the lineup and All-American Hunter Dickinson posting another 20-point game, the Michigan Wolverines will upset the Tennessee Volunteers
- There will be 5+ mentions of this being Coach K’s last season during the Duke vs. Michigan State game.
- Purdue’s Jayden Ivey will be the leading scorer of Saturday’s games.
- Memphis freshman Emoni Bates will play ten minutes. After not playing since January 27th, Bates came into the game against Boise State and drained a big three. I think that was a sign of more minutes for the freshman phenom.
- There will be two buzzer-beaters.
- Houston will upset Illinois.
- The Juwan Howard scuffle with the Wisconsin coaching staff will only be brought up once during the broadcast.
- Illinois Kofi Cockburn will record a double-double.
- Arkansas will hold New Mexico state under 60-points.
- Gonzaga vs. Memphis will have the highest combined total score of the weekend.
- There will be at least one camera shot and discussion on Ohio State’s grad assistant Greg Oden. The former All-American and NBA Lottery Pick is one of NBA history’s biggest what-if stories. Now serving as a grad assistant at his alma mater, it’s always a talking point for announcers.
- Wisconsin will advance to the Sweet Sixteen. The first-round matchup against Colgate was one of the better games, with Wisconsin on the ropes until the final six minutes. B1G player of the year Johnny Davis will look to get hot early and make this an easy rout of a pesky Iowa State team.
- Drew Timme is the modern-day JJ Reddick. If you remember JJ, he was the most hated basketball player in the country during his time at Duke. I’m starting to get the same vibe from Timme. Gonzaga is the team everybody loves to hate, and Timme is the confident leader of the bunch.
- Currently, Trey’s bracket is better than mine, but that changes during the Round of 32.
- Arkansas will force New Mexico state into 15+ turnovers.
- Baylor vs. North Carolina will end on a buzzer-beater.
- Arizona will win by double-digits.
- There will be two games that go into overtime.
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