First Round

#1 Virginia vs. #16 Gardner-Webb: THIS Isn’t REMOTELY AN EXCITING? MOVE ON LET’S JUST NOT TALK ABOUT IT. WHAT COULD GO WRONG? Select: Virginia
#8 Ole Miss vs. #9 Oklahoma: [long pause] Umm, Ole Miss? Select: Ole Miss
#5 Wisconsin vs. #12 Oregon: I refuse to select a Pac-12 team, and Oregon’s best win of the season was against Syracuse on a neutral court. Their defense is good, but the crime is not. That won’t be enough to get it done against Wisconsin. Pick: Wisconsin
#4 Kansas State vs. #13 UC Irvine: This really is the bad combo of a sexy double-digit seed assembly a Power 5 school with injuries. The Anteaters beat upon the Big West Conference, winning both the regular season and conference championship titles. K-State won’t have Barry Brown, meaning they will need to make up for his scoring and match management someplace. Oh, and UC Irvine has a dude named Max Hazzard. MAX HAZZARD!!! Pick: UC Irvine
#6 Villanova vs. #11 Saint Mary’s: The Wildcats are nowhere near the team they were last year when they won the tournament, but they can still take threes fairly well and should not have any issues with St. Mary’s. It is going to be close, however. Select: Villanova
#3 Purdue vs. #14 Old Dominion: LET’S GET CRAZY. Old Dominion over Purdue later Carsen Edwards has a quiet afternoon, while BJ Stith and Ahmad Caver move OFF. Select: Old Dominion
#7 Cincinnati vs. #10 Iowa: This is actually the yelling coach sport as Fran McCaffrey and Mick Cronin are known for their. . .fiery characters on the sidelines. Iowa was leaking every kind of fluid down the stretch and are limping into the tournament. Cincinnati takes it at a bodily, gritty game. Pick: Cincinnati
#2 Tennessee vs. #15 Colgate: Colgate has about as much of a chance here as an actual tube of toothpaste. The Volunteers are large, physical, and Tennessee moves easily. Select: Tennessee
Second Round
#1 Virginia vs. #9 Ole Miss: The Cavaliers are overly much on both offense and defense as they’re the only team in the country from the top-5 in both on KenPom. Pick: Virginia
#5 Wisconsin vs. #13 UC Irvine: Wisconsin’s exterior shooting goes cold and UC Irvine’s run in the postseason persists. Am I just picking this since literally nobody wishes to see Virginia-Wisconsin in the Sweet 16? Maybe. Select: UC Irvine
#12 Old Dominion vs. #6 Villanova: Cinderella’s ball is cut brief. Nova shoots ODU out of the gym. Select: Villanova
#7 Cincinnati vs. #1 Tennessee: CINCY VS TENNY IN COLUMBUS. Ok, fine, I will not call them»Tenny» again. This one is really a brutal conflict, but Tennessee squeaks out one late as a result of a big play from Jordan Bone. Select: Tennessee
Sweet Sixteen
#1 Virginia vs. #13 UC Irvine: The Cavaliers have building confidence as they cruise to the Elite Eight. De’Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome, and Kyle Guy are too much for the Anteaters, moving them one win away from the promise land. Pick: Virginia
#6 Villanova vs. #2 Tennessee: The other game which I desperately wish to see. Finesse vs. braun. Villanova slows down things and gets hot from out as Paschall has a major day at the paint. Select: Villanova
Elite Eight
#1 Virginia vs. #6 Villanova: Villanova is worn out after a difficult game with Tennesee and can’t figure out the Pack Line shield. It is going to be close through the first half, but the Hoos pull away down the stretch. Pick: Virginia

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