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Thursday Tournament Guide

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12:15 in Auburn Hills, Michigan: Midwest Region. CBS
3 Michigan St vs 14 Valporaiso: it’s great to have Bryce Drew back in the tournament, this time as a head coach, but I’ll take Izzo all day.

12:40 in Lexington, Ky: East Region. truTV
6 Butler vs 11 Bucknell: I just don’t bet against Brad Stevens in these situations.

1:40 in Salt Lake City, Utah: West Region. TBS
8 Pitt vs 9 Wichita St: truly a game that could go either way but I’ll take Jamie Dixon and the Panthers.

2:10 in San Jose, Ca: Midwest Region. TNT
4 Saint Louis vs 13 New Mexico State: the Billikens could be one of the ten best teams in the country. I think they’re underseeded and will at least get to the sweet 16.

2:45 in Auburn Hills: Midwest Region. CBS
6 Memphis vs 11 St Mary’s: the travel and the quick turnaround concerns me for St. Mary’s but I’m still taking the Gaels. Memphis played nobody this year.

3:10 in Lexington, Ky: East Region. truTV
3 Marquette vs 14 Davidson: I’ll be cheering hard for the Wildcats but feel the Warriors are too strong inside. The pick is Marquette.

4:10 in Salt Lake City, Utah: West Region. TBS
1 Gonzaga vs 16 Southern: a 16 will eventually beat a 1, but this isn’t it.

4:40 in San Jose: Midwest Region. TNT
5 Oklahoma St vs 12 Oregon: the Ducks were hosed by the committee. I think they’ll upset the Pokes.

6:50 in Lexington, Ky: Midwest Region. TBS
1 Louisville vs 16 North Carolina A&T. It’s wonderful what the Aggies did to get here, but NC A&T’s road ends here.

7:15 in Auburn Hills: South Region. CBS
4 Michigan vs 13 South Dakota St. Remember the name: Nate Wolters. The Jackrabbits could pull off the upset, but I’ll take Michigan.

7:20 in Salt Lake City: West Region. TNT
6 Arizona vs 11 Belmont. The Bruins are a sexy pick, but I think Sean Miller’s club will be ready. Arizona.

7:27 in San Jose: East Region. truTV
5 UNLV vs 12 California. Anthony Bennett is one of the best players in college basketball. He leads the Rebels to the win.

9:20 in Lexington, Ky: Midwest Region. CBS
8 Colorado St vs 9 Missouri: I’m just not a Frank Haith believer. I’ll take the Rams.

9:45 in Auburn Hills: South Region. CBS
5 VCU vs 12 Akron. The Zips have had an incredible year, and will give the Rams all they can handle, but Shaka wins a close call.

9:50 in Salt Lake City: West Region. TNT
3 New Mexico vs 14 Harvard. I have the Lobos making a deep run.

9:57 in San Jose: East Region. truTV
4 Syracuse vs 13 Montana. Here’s my upset on day one. The Grizzlies send Boeheim and his boys home.

TZ

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