Reporting Chris “Mac” McClain
It is tourney time and that means it is time for all of us to attempt to make ourselves feel smart by picking upsets in the NCAA Tournament. There is nothing like bragging to a co-worker that I nailed that 15 seed over a 2 seed upset. I am not getting that frisky with the upsets this year, but here are a few I like.
Davidson over Marquette- Yes this one is a sentimental choice for me. I love Coach Mckillop and this local program. But, I also think they will get it done. If they can hit there threes and stay out of foul trouble on the inside, they will be right there. I would expect Mckillop to have the Wildcats pack the defense in and make Marquette hit from outside. They are 318th in the country in 3 point shooting. Jake Cohen and Demond Brooks need to hold their own on the glass too against Davante Gardner and company and the Cats will be alive for the weekend.
Belmont over Arizona- Ask Duke fans if Belmont is a live underdog. They almost knocked off hte Blue Devils in a first round game 5 years ago. This is the 3rd tourney appearance in a row for Rick Byrd’s team. This will be the third straight year I have picked them to win a game. They have lost to Wisconsin and Georgetown in the last 2 tourneys, but that experience should be a key here. They shoot the 3 well and Arizona should assist with some of their typical erratic moments.
Montana over Syracuse- I believe this will be 2005 all over again. That year the Cuse won the Big East Tourney and had all kinds of momentum, until they ran into an underdog from the boonies (Vermont). This year that team is Montana (also the boonies). Montana is a veteran team that is making their 3rd Tourney appearance in 4 years. And, they shoot 3s and free throws well. If Syracuse reverts back to the team that lost 7 of 13 games at the end of the regular season, the Grizzlies will have a chance.