- In the Duke-Notre Dame game, we'll go with Duke, but warily.
- We'll take Indiana over UNC-W, partly because IU won't be caught by surprise. Can Wilmington do it again?
- Cal vs. Pitt. Ben Braun gets our vote.
- Kent State vs. Bama. We'll go with Bama here.
- Cincinnati vs. UCLA. UCLA plays poor defense. Cincinnati doesn't. On the other hand, Cincinnati struggles offensively. Then again, UCLA usually has one great moment in the tourney these days. We'll go with an upset here, but it'll probably make us look stupid later.
- Missouri vs. Ohio State. Two small teams, but Quin's talent is better.
- Wyoming vs. Arizona. They'll be where the deer and the antelope play by the end of the day. Cats advance.
- Xavier vs. Oklahoma. OU as the bracket starts to break their way.
- Maryland vs. Wisconsin. This is a tough one. Wisconsin is the type of team that can drive Maryland nuts: slow, patient, tough defense. We still don't know enough about their offense to call an upset here, so Maryland. But their instincts will be mightily frustrated. If Dick Bennett were still there, we'd say Wisconsin, but ugly.
- Tulsa-Kentucky. We'll go with Kentucky.
- Southern Illinois vs. Georgia. The Salukis as Cinderella? Works for us.
- N.C. State vs. UConn. We picked MSU to beat the Pack on Friday and screwed up. Now we'll pick State on Sunday. But UConn will not go down easily.
- Kansas vs. Stanford. Hinrich is hobbled, and Kansas was tight against Holy Cross. We'll go with an upset here.
- Creighton vs. Illinois. The Illini suddenly seem pissed. As a matter of fact, this bracket could sharply tilt their way if they have a lucky weekend. They'll win.
- Texas vs. Mississippi State. Rick Barnes, defense, and T.J. Ford say Texas.
- Wake Forest vs. Oregon. Ok, our toughest pick. Wake has matured sharply and suddenly. A lot of this game depends on Josh Howard's ankle, but Oregon is not a particularly good road team. Having played Duke thrice, Maryland twice, Kansas, Arkansas, Marquette, and Cincinnati (Wake is the only team to play all four top seeds this season), the Deacs are tough. Plus they are playing well now. We think they can pull this off.
Things will be more obvious soon, but from where we sit now, Duke, Oklahoma, Illinois and Maryland have reason to be optimistic.