Another day another amazing day of basketball. As the day started slow with Duke and Villanova handling their opponents pretty easily. The rest of the night brought in a fantastic atmosphere with more terrific endings. Buffalo fought with Kentucky before the Wildcats pulled away. Loyola did it again ending Tennessee’s run with another last second shot. Seton Hall, Ohio State and Florida put up good fights but Kansas, Gonzaga and Texas Tech were just too much for them. And finally Houston had the game won befor a buzzer beating prayer was answered and Michigan came away with the win in miraculous fashion. Eight more games today and eight more spots to determine the rest of our sweet 16.

Current Record: 25-15

Today’s Picks:

Michigan State over Syracuse

North Carolina over Texas A&M

Clemson over Auburn

Cincinnati over Nevada

Kanzas State over UMBC

Xavier over Florida State

West Virginia over Marshall

Purdue over Butler

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1-135, history was made and UMBC became the first team ranked 16 to win over a 1 seed. The Retreivers not only won the game but they dominated A Virginia team who had only lost two games all year, won the ACC tournament and regular season, and were without question the number 1overall team to in the tournament. UMBC put in a show and Jairus Lyles seemed unstoppable. They put up 53 points in the second half outscorring the Caviliers by 20, shot 54% from the field, 50% from three connecting on 12 from downtown, outrebounded virhinia by 10 and assisted on 16 of their 26 made field goals. On top of all of this it never even felt as if Virginia would be able to come back  they weren’t themselves. UMBC made them flustered, they caused them to speed up their game and shoot shots that they normally don’t take and they completely took Virginia out of the game. This was no Miracle and was bound to happen some day but today this was complete domination.

Current Tournament Record: 20-12

Second Round Picks:

Villanova over Alabama

Duke over Rhide Island

Buffalo over Kentucky

Tennessee over Loyola

Kansas over Seton Hall

Gonzaga over Ohio State

Texas Tech over Florida

Houston over Michigan

 

 

Record: 13-3

Picks:

Providence over Texas A&M

Purdue over Cal State Fullerton

Wichita State over Marshall

Cincinnati over Georgia State

North Carolina over Lipscomb

Arkansas over Butler

Creighton over Kansas State

West Virginia over Murray State

Nevada over Texas

Michigan State over Bucknell

Xavier over Texas Southern

Charleston over Auburn

Virginia over UMBC

TCU over Syracuse

Missouri over Florida State

New Mexico State over Clemson

 

 

First Round Picks:

Oklahoma over Rhode Island

Tennessee over Wright State

Gonzaga over UNC Greensboro

Kansas over Penn

Duke over Iona

Loyola over Miami

Ohio State over South Dakota State

Seton Hall over NC State

Villanova over Radford

Kentucky over Davidson

Houston over San Diego State

Texas Tech over SFA

Virginis Tech over Alabama

Arizona over Buffalo

Michigan over Montana

Florida over St. Bonaventure

FINAL BRACKET

After a long hard fought season here is my Final Bracket for the 2018 Season!

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Last Four In: Texas, UCLA, Oklahoma, Arizona State

First Four Out: Marquette, Oklahoma State, Louisville, Middle Tennessee

Next Four Out: Saint Mary’s, Syracuse, Baylor Notre Dame

Updated @ 1:00 AM PST

With the selection show a few hours away and 5 games to play its time for the nity grity. Five more tickets will be punched and if Davidson can take down Rhode Island they can steal a bid from someone. Here is what I have as of now but of course changes will be happening.

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Last Four In: UCLA, Oklahoma, Arizona State, Oklahoma State

First Four Out: Marquette, Louisville, Middle Tennessee, Saint Mary’s

Next Four Out: Syracuse, Baylor, Notre Dame, Georgia

 

Current Standings that are currently up to date. Still more to come and a lot of scrubbing to go the rest of the day. Be looking out for a bracket tonight and get excited because tomorrow is Selection Sunday!!

Updated @ 8:10 PM PST

Green=Team still playing in conference tournament

Yellow=Automatic Qualifier

Purple=At Large Qualifier, locked in

Red= Done playing, remaining on bubble

Orange=Last Four In

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Last Four In: Oklahoma, Arizona State, Oklahoma State, UCLA

First Four Out: Marquette, Louisville, Baylor, Saint Mary’s

Next Five Out: Middle Tennessee, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Georgia, Utah

Still Considered: Mississippi State, Washington