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Dantheman's Complete First Round Preview

Posted on: March 18, 2009 2:53 pm
Edited on: March 18, 2009 8:57 pm
 

I know I've been harping on my wrist pain the last few days but it's the reason my first round preview is delayed and because it is a LOT shorter than I had hoped for. I apologize for that. Here's the best I can muster:

Five Games to Watch (for sure):

Oklahoma State-Tennessee
The winner of this one can give Pittsburgh a lot of trouble in round two.

Arizona State-Temple
Dionte Christmas and James Harden are going to put on a show.

USC-Boston College
The Trojans are finally playing great basketball while Boston College is up and down. No telling which teams are going to show up.

Ohio State-Siena
How in the world does Ohio State get to play in Dayton? Who knows, but giant killer Siena could truly care less.

Michigan-Clemson
Both of these teams are as inconsistent as they come. Will December Clemson show up to take on November Michigan? If that happens these two teams can beat anyone.

 

Five Upsets that Could Happen (not counting 8-9 and 7-10s):

Xavier-Portland State
Both of these teams are over-seeded. Portland State already has a win over Gonzaga to its credit. I actually have this one in my bracket.

Arizona-Utah
Is this even an upset? Everyone has this one picked. Beware though, when the whole world jumps on an upset the opposite usually happens.

Purdue-Northern Iowa
If you see this and shake your head join the crowd. Let's just call this one a hunch.

Washington-Mississippi State
I'm sure the Huskies aren't happy that they are a 4 seed that still has to take on the SEC Champions. Mississippi State will create matchup problems everywhere.

Kansas-North Dakota State
Kansas is young and not playing well. North Dakota State is led by Ben Woodside and ready to win its first ever tournament game.

 

The 1-16 Game that will be closest will be: Connecticut-Chattanooga
The Huskies never get up for these games. If there's any 1-16 game that stays between 15 points or so this would be my guess. Also keep an eye on East Tennessee State. They should really be a 14 or 15 seed and not a 16 against Pittsburgh.

The 2-15 Game that will be the closest will be: Michigan State-Robert Morris
Last year Duke was challenged by Belmont but the guess here is that Binghampton won't play as well. I think Robert Morris can play with Michigan State for a little while.

The first round's biggest blowout will be (not counting 1-16 games): Missouri-Cornell
The Tigers are going to run Cornell up and down the floor all night long.

 

Dantheman's First Round Picks by Region
Midwest
Louisville over Morehead State
Siena over Ohio State
Arizona over Utah
Wake Forest over Cleveland State
West Virginia over Dayton
Kansas over North Dakota State
USC over Boston College
Michigan State over Robert Morris

East
Pittsburgh over East Tennessee State
Tennessee over Oklahoma State
Florida State over Wisconsin
Portland State over Xavier
UCLA over VCU
Villanova over American
Texas over Minnesota
Duke over Binghamton

West
Connecticut over Chattanooga
Texas A&M over BYU
Northern Iowa over Purdue
Washington over Mississippi State
Marquette over Utah State
Missouri over Cornell
Maryland over California
Memphis over CS Northridge

South
North Carolina over Radford
LSU over Butler
Illinois over Western Kentucky
Gonzaga over Akron
Arizona State over Temple
Syracuse over Stephen F. Austin
Michigan over Clemson
Oklahoma over Morgan State

Dantheman's Final Four:
Louisville, Marquette (I cannot pick all four #1 seeds), Pittsburgh, North Carolina

About the Marquette pick here's what I think. Are the Eagles one of the best four teams in the country? No but if they get by Utah State (a big if) they get Missouri. I really think that matchup favors Marquette even without Dominic James. Then they get Memphis (more than likely) which I think could be an upset. After that they get Connecticut, a team they've seen in the Big East already this year. It's just a hunch.

 

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Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: March 20, 2009 9:18 pm
 

Dantheman's Complete First Round Preview

 

 "The 1-16 Game that will be closest will be: Connecticut-Chattanooga
The Huskies never get up for these games. If there's any 1-16 game that stays between 15 points or so this would be my guess."

 

 

 

Yeh, I just wanted to point that one out, Pitt won by 10, louisville won by 20, Uconn won by 56.

56>15




Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: March 19, 2009 9:14 am
 

Dantheman's Complete First Round Preview

I can't see Marquette making it into the Final Four. Guard play is critical in NCAA.



willardjfilmore
Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2009 9:48 pm
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Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2009 9:17 pm
 

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Yo Dan, I know this is the team's first time into the NCAA Tourney but could you learn to spell the school's name?  Binghamton.  Not Binghamp ton ... which is a different city in a different state entirely. 

And please realize it's not like it's easy to put all the time and effort into this that I do. There are going to be some mistakes.




Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2009 8:59 pm
 

Dantheman's Complete First Round Preview

Yo Dan, I know this is the team's first time into the NCAA Tourney but could you learn to spell the school's name?  Binghamton.  Not Binghamp ton ... which is a different city in a different state entirely. 

I apologize. It's fixed.




Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: March 18, 2009 8:29 pm
 

Dantheman's Complete First Round Preview

Yes indeed Marquette does have a hard road in front of them. Though I do see it as a short one. Memphis is a great team, not only defensive. They are very well coached, and for you Kentucky fans there is one that got away. 

It seems to me that this year the upsets may be few. I can see the top 8 winning out in both the West and Mid-West bracket. Pitt has a very good shot of the final 4 but Blair will have to stay out of foul trouble. I still think the championship will be louisville and North Carolina and yes I know that Ty Lason is injured but I think they all will step up their game.

 

Your right, stick with the top seeds and win the cash!!!!!!

 




Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: March 18, 2009 7:49 pm
 

Dantheman's Complete First Round Preview

However, its better to pick the top seeds than to try to pick the upsets yourself.

That may be true, but it's more fun to pick how Dan did.

And besides, Marquette may be a wild and crazy choice, but it's better than picking Akron or Dayton to win their first-round games.

 

 




Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: March 18, 2009 7:06 pm
 

Dantheman's Complete First Round Preview

Yo Dan, I know this is the team's first time into the NCAA Tourney but could you learn to spell the school's name?  Binghamton.  Not Binghampton ... which is a different city in a different state entirely. 



willardjfilmore
Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2009 5:55 pm
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Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2009 5:27 pm
 

Dantheman's Complete First Round Preview

 

I tried to do it a couple times, and it said "unsupported browser or platform".

It's no big deal, really.  Just a minor annoyance.

 


 

Yea if worst comes to worst just use IE.



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