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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Dance Line$ - Picking the Tournament - 3/22/15

This year, I will be picking every game of the Tournament against the spread.

For the record, I am doing this just for fun - for the love of the game!

Off the record, who knows, so wish me luck. Thanks!

Record: 17-26-1

Sunday, 3/22/15. Round of 32:

(2) Virginia -4.5 vs (7) Michigan State, 12:10PM, Charlotte, NC, CBS

The Spartans have been playing well for the last couple weeks, having only lost to Wisconsin in overtime. The Cavs have been playing well all year and the second best defense in the country should be able to slow Michigan State down. Look for UVA to avenge last year's Sweet 16 loss to the Spartans. 

(8) San Diego State +9 vs (1) Duke, 2:40PM, Charlotte, NC, CBS

The totally defensive dependent Aztecs putt up a whopping 76 points against St. John's on Friday. Not that you should expect a repeat, but Duke's defense is average at best. I would expect SDSU to give Duke's offense some trouble, maybe not to the tune of a victory, but a closer than expected game.

(2) Kansas -1.5 vs (7) Wichita State, 5:15PM, Omaha, NE, CBS

You know the story, Wichita State finally gets its shot at big bad Kansas. But, there are two sides to every story; Kansas gets its shot, too. The Jayhawks have been undervalued this year because they haven't been dominant, but they've been very good. The Shockers are pretty good in their own right, but look for Bill Self and company to make a statement. 

(3) Oklahoma -4 vs (11) Dayton, 6:10PM, Columbus, OH, TNT

There is no doubt who we all think the better team is. But, there's definitely doubt as to who will win this game. That's a credit to coach Archie Miller and his gritty Flyers. This should be a defensive struggle, since the strength of both teams is on that side of the floor. However, Oklahoma has more offensive weapons, so I'll take the Sooners and the points. 

(7) Iowa +6.5 vs (2) Gonzaga, 7:10PM, Seattle, WA, TBS

Besides a hiccup or maybe a regurgitation versus Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament, Iowa has been great over the last month. The Zags have only had two hiccups all season. Gonzaga is one of the better offensive teams in the country, but Iowa - on a good day - is capable of keeping up. Here's to hoping the Hawkeyes keep up. I'll take the points.

(1) Wisconsin -12 vs (8) Oregon, 7:45PM, Omaha, NE, TRU

Oregon (and coach Dana Altman) has been a nice story. But, did you see what happened when the Ducks went up against Arizona in the Pac 12 Championship? I see something similar today, much like Ohio State's fate against both Wisconsin and Arizona.

(4) Maryland pk vs (5) West Virginia, 8:40PM, Columbus, OH, TNT

This is definitely a pretty even match-up, as the line suggests. I'll take the Terps, based on Trimble and Wells as well as Maryland's better overall balance on both sides of the ball. 

(5) Northern Iowa -2 vs (4) Louisville, 9:40PM, Seattle, WA, TBS

Much like Butler/Notre Dame to end last night, this one should be another war of a defensive battle that will have all your favorite fake basketball media tweeting their dislike for the college game. I'll take UNI because I have some semblance of confidence that they will be able to make a couple shots.

Twitter: @Blacketologist 

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