RSTN March Madness Predictions: Round of 64 and 32

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Here at Rowe Sports Talk Network, we decided to do our predictions for this year’s version of the NCAA College Basketball Tournament (or as it’s commonly known as March Madness). Here are out predictions:

Dan Nicotera:

Here are my predictions

East Region

Advances to Round of 32: Villanova, Virginia Tech, Murray State, Wichita State, Florida, Texas Tech, Butler, Purdue

Advances to Round of 16: Villanova, Wichita State, Texas Tech, Purdue

Midwest Region

Advances to Round of 32: Kansas, NC State, Clemson, Auburn, TCU, Michigan State, Rhode Island, Duke

Advances to Sweet 16: Kansas, Auburn, Michigan State, Duke

West Region

Advances to Round of 32: Xavier, Florida State, South Dakota State, Gonzaga, Houston, Michigan, Providence, UNC

Advances to Sweet 16: Xavier, Gonzaga, Michigan, UNC

South Region

Advances to Round of 32: Virginia, Creighton, Kentucky, Arizona, Loyola, Tennessee, Texas, Cincinnati

Advances to Sweet 16: Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Cincinnati

Squad to watch out for: Penn

Penn isn’t the most likely team to pull an upset, but they are one of the best 16 seeds in awhile. KenPom gives them an 11% chance of beating Kansas, and that possibility makes them an intriguing squad.

Possible Upset: Murray State over West Virginia

Murray State does two things well: rebound and hit threes. In an NCAA Tournament game, that is a recipe for the occasional upset. On top of that, they generally take care of the ball. West Virginia, their first opponent, thrives on generating turnovers through their press and struggles in the half court. That could put the Racers in position for the upset, as long as they take care of the ball and hit their shots.

Game to watch: Virginia Tech vs. Alabama
A positionless, athletic team with great scorers versus Colin Sexton. It should make for an exciting game.
Malikah French:
East Region
Advances to Round of 32: Purdue, Arkansas (game to watch, I actually think Butler could take this), Texas Tech, Florida, Wichita State, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Villanova
Advances to Sweet 16: Villanova, Wichita State, Texas Tech, Purdue
Midwest Region
Advances to Round of 32: Duke, Rhode Island, Michigan State, TCU, Auburn, Clemson, NC State, Kansas
Advances to Sweet 16: Kansas, Clemson, Michigan State, Duke
West Region
Advances to Round of 32: Xavier, Florida State, Ohio State, Gonzaga, Houston, Michigan, Texas A&M, North Carolina
Advances to Sweet 16: North Carolina, Michigan, Gonzaga, Xavier
South Region
Advances to Round of 32: Virginia, Kansas State, Kentucky, Arizona, Miami, Tennessee, Texas, Cincinnati
Advances to Sweet 16: Cincinnati, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia.
Game(s) to watch
NC State vs Seton Hall
Kansas State vs Creighton
Arkansas vs Butler (I actually think Butler could take this)
Potential Upset
Davidson vs Kentucky
Teams to watch for:
I don’t think I have a team to watch out for. I think my predictions are pretty close to par and based on drive.
James Rowe:

East Region

Advances to Round of 32: Villanova, Alabama, West Virginia, Wichita State, Florida, Stephen F Austin, Butler, Purdue

Advances to Round of 16: Villanova, West Virginia, Florida, Purdue

Midwest Region

Advances to Round of 32: Kansas, NC State, Clemson, Auburn, TCU, Michigan State, Rhode Island, Duke

Advances to Sweet 16: Kansas, Clemson, Michigan State, Duke

West Region

Advances to Round of 32: Xavier, Florida State, Ohio State, Gonzaga, Houston, Michigan, Providence, UNC

Advances to Sweet 16: Xavier, Gonzaga, Houston, UNC

South Region

Advances to Round of 32: Virginia, Creighton, Kentucky, Arizona, Miami, Tennessee, Texas, Cincinnati

Advances to Sweet 16: Virginia, Arizona, Miami, Cincinnati

Squad to watch out for: Xavier
I know, I know, they are a 1 seed, but this team is really, really good. People seem to underestimate them (I know I did earlier in the season), but Xavier is well balanced, deep, and just really talented. They are good enough to make a run at the national championship.
Possible Upset:
Stephen F Austin vs Texas Tech
One thing you should know about Stephen F Austin in the NCAA Tournament: never count them out. For some reason they always come to upset anyone in the tournament.
Game to watch:
Alabama vs Virginia Tech
Collin Sexton just makes any team better than what they are already and that’s why Alabama did as well as they did this season. Virginia Tech had a good year, but they seemed to lose steam at the end.

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