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Daddy’s Hangout Presents 2014 NCAA Tournament Prediction



It’s that time of year again everyone, yes it is the NCAA Tournament aka March Madness. and team up to to predict and hopefully have the perfect bracket.  To me there’s really no clear cut favorite coming into this tournament even though for most of the year it was believed that Syracuse would be cutting down the nets. I’m going to predict who I believe will reach the Final Four and eventually be the 2014 National Champions. I’m going to start at the round of 32 for each region and make my way down to the championship. Let’s Get Started!!!!!!!!!


South Region


#1 Florida over #9 Pittsburgh: I have the Gators cruising to victory while the Panthers will upset the #8 seed Colorado to advance to face Florida. The Gators will be in a tough game but will pull away about halfway through the 2nd half.


#5 VCU over #4 UCLA: I have VCU pulling off the upset over UCLA to advance to the Sweet 16 to play top seeded Florida.


#3 Syracuse over #6 Ohio St: This will be a tough game, but I have the Orange pulling it off in the end barely, maybe by 3 or 4 points.


#2 Kansas over #10 Stanford: I think Stanford will beat 7th seeded New Mexico before losing to the 2nd seeded Kansas team in a close game.



Sweet 16


#1 Florida over #5 VCU: The Gators are on a mission and this could be a game the Gators win by double digits.


#3 Syracuse over #2 Kansas: This could be where the Jayhawks stumble with the uncertainty of Embiid.



Elite 8



#3 Syracuse over #1 Florida: This will be a great game, but I think the Orange will rediscover what made them great earlier in the season to advance to the Final 4.




East Region


#1 Virginia over #8 Memphis: This should be a really good game, but I think the defense of Virginia will be too much for the Tigers.


#4 Michigan State over #5 Cincinnati: I wouldn’t be surprised to see an upset here, but the Spartans are healthy and should pull out a close game.


#6 North Carolina over #3 Iowa St: The Tar Heels should correct their mistakes after the loss to Pittsburgh in the ACC Tournament and get the upset over the Cyclones.


#2 Villanova over #10 St, Joe’s: I have St. Joe’s upsetting UConn, but will barely lose to a really good Villanova team.



Sweet 16


#4 Michigan State over #1 Virginia: Both of these teams are great on defense, but I think the Spartans are more athletic and that will be the difference.


#6 North Carolina over #2 Villanova: I honestly think this game can go either way, but I think the Tar Heels will advance to the Elite 8.



Elite 8


#4 Michigan State over #6 North Carolina: This will be a battle of 2 of the best programs and coaches in the country. Right now, I think the Spartans are just the better team and will advance to the Final Four.




West Region


#1 Arizona over #9 Oklahoma St: This could possibly be an upset and wouldn’t be surprised if Smart get hot and lead the Cowboys to the upset. My heart is still with the Wildcats though.


#5 New Mexico St over #4 Oklahoma: New Mexico State is a very underrated team and they could make some noise in the West Region.


#3 Creighton over #11 Nebraska: I have the Cornhuskers pulling off the upset over Baylor, but I have McDermott leading Creighton to the victory over Nebraska though.


#2 Wisconsin over #7 Oregon: Wisconsin is a scary team because they’re a great team that plays with discipline with a great coach.



Sweet 16


#5 New Mexico St over #1 Arizona: I’m going with the upset in this game and it really has to do with the Wildcats being healthy.


#2 Wisconsin over #3 Creighton: Wisconsin will stop McDermott enough for them to get the close victory here.



Elite 8


#2 Wisconsin over #5 New Mexico St: Wisconsin is just a complete team and think they could pull away in the last 3 or 4 minutes to advance to the Final Four.




Midwest Region



#1 Wichita St over #8 Kentucky: I think the experience will help them defeat the young Wildcats team.


#12 NC State over #4 Louisville: Yes!!! I’m going with the huge upset in this game because the Wolfpack are a really hot team and will pull off the upset.


#3 Duke over #11 Tennessee: I have the Vols pulling off the upset over UMass and will get close to pulling one off over Duke but will fall short.


#2 Michigan over #7 Texas: Michigan is a very athletic team and will try to duplicate their success from last year and will succeed.



Sweet 16


#12 NC State over #1 Wichita St: I’m still riding with the Wolfpack being the Cinderella in this year’s tournament and they will hand Wichita State their first and only loss of the year.


#2 Michigan over #3 Duke: This is a rematch from earlier in the season where Duke won, but this time the Wolverines will win this one and advance to the Region Finals.



Elite 8


#2 Michigan over #12 NC State: The run of the Wolfpack will end here when the Wolverines beat them and advance to the Final Four.




Final 4


#4 Michigan State over #3 Syracuse: Battle between 2 of the best coaches of all-time and this should be a really good one but with the Spartans being healthy, they’re a great team and should advance to the Championship Game.


#2 Michigan over #2 Wisconsin: Battle of the Big 10 and it shouldn’t disappoint but I think the Wolverines is the better of the 2 teams and will advance to the title game.



Championship Game


#2 Michigan over #4 Michigan State: Everyone have the Spartans cutting down the nets at the end of the tournament. I have them advancing to the title game and in the 3rd match-up between these 2 will see the Wolverines win this game 72-67 and cut down the nets.



Alright, who do you have advancing to the Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final 4 and the eventual Championship Game? Let’s see who will get the most teams in the Sweet 16? When the Sweet 16 is decided I’ll be making another post and see how things panned out.



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