First Round

#8 Ole Miss vs. #9 Oklahoma: [long pause] Umm, Ole Miss? Pick: Ole Miss
#5 Wisconsin vs. #12 OregonI refuse to select a Pac-12 team, and Oregon’s best win of the season was against Syracuse on a neutral court. Their defense is great, but the crime is not. That won’t be sufficient to get it done against Wisconsin. Pick: Wisconsin
#4 Kansas State vs. #13 UC Irvine: This really is the awful combo of a sexy double-digit seed meeting a Power 5 college with injuries. The Anteaters beat upon the Big West Conference, winning both the regular season and conference tournament titles. K-State won’t possess Barry Brown, meaning they will need to compensate for his scoring and game direction somewhere. Oh, also UC Irvine has a dude named Max Hazzard. MAX HAZZARD!!! Pick: UC Irvine
#6 Villanova vs. #11 Saint Mary’s: The Wildcats are nowhere close to the team they were last year when they won the tournament, but they could still take threes pretty well and should not have any difficulties with St. Mary’s. It is going to be close, however. Select: Villanova
#3 Purdue vs. #14 Old Dominion: LET’S GET CRAZY. Old Dominion over Purdue after Carsen Edwards has a quiet afternoon, while BJ Stith and Ahmad Caver go OFF. Pick: Old Dominion
#7 Cincinnati vs. #10 Iowa: This really is actually the yelling coach sport as Fran McCaffrey and Mick Cronin are known for their. . .fiery characters on the sidelines. Iowa was leaking every type of fluid down the stretch and are limping into the tournament. Cincinnati takes it in a physical, gritty game. Pick: Cincinnati
#2 Tennessee vs. #15 Colgate: Colgate has about as much of a chance here as a real tube of toothpaste. The Volunteers are large, physical, and Tennessee moves easily. Pick: Tennessee
Second Round
#1 Virginia vs. #9 Ole Miss: The Cavaliers are too much on both defense and offense since they’re the only team in the nation in the top-5 in equally on KenPom. Pick: Virginia
#5 Wisconsin vs. #13 UC Irvine: Wisconsin’s exterior shooting goes cold and UC Irvine’s run from the postseason continues. Am I just picking this because literally no one wants to see Virginia-Wisconsin in the Sweet 16? Maybe. Select: UC Irvine
#12 Old Dominion vs. #6 Villanova: Cinderella’s ball is cut short. Nova shoots ODU out of the gym. Pick: Villanova
#7 Cincinnati vs. #1 Tennessee: CINCY VS TENNY IN COLUMBUS. Ok, fine, I will not call them”Tenny” again. This one is a brutal conflict, but Tennessee squeaks one out late thanks to a large play from Jordan Bone. Pick: Tennessee
Sweet Sixteen
#1 Virginia vs. #13 UC Irvine: The Cavaliers have building confidence as they cruise into the Elite Eight. De’Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome, and Kyle Guy are a lot to the Anteaters, moving them one win away from the promise land. Pick: Virginia
#6 Villanova vs. #2 Tennessee: The other game which I desperately want to see. Finesse vs. braun. Villanova slows down things and gets hot from outside since Paschall has a major day at the paint. Pick: Villanova
Elite Eight
#1 Virginia vs. #6 Villanova: Villanova is worn out after a tough match with Tennesee and can’t figure out the Pack Line defense. It’ll be close through the first half, but the Hoos pull down the stretch. Pick: Virginia

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