Inside the Bracket: First Four picks …
After a one day break, March Madness officially begins tonight at the First Four in Dayton. (Thursday’s noon game still feels like the actual tip-off). Winners on Tuesday and Wednesday move into the 64-team bracket. Here are some quick picks from the Opening Round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament:
Tuesday – March 19
- Liberty vs. North Carolina A&T – The Flames caught proverbial fire in the Big South tournament and Liberty earned the league’s automatic bid. The Aggies were a seven seed in the MEAC. These were the two lowest rated teams (67-68) on our final seed list. A few days off cools the Flames. Pick: North Carolina A&T
- Middle Tennessee vs. Saint Mary’s – An interesting matchup between two teams with similar profiles. Across the country neither of these teams receive much national exposure. Middle Tennessee challenged itself outside the conference and beat Ole Miss at home. Saint Mary’s lost to Gonzaga three times and beat Creighton at home. The difference? Matthew Dellavedova down the stretch. Pick: Saint Mary’s
Wednesday – March 20
- LIU Brooklyn vs. James Madison – It should be a close game. The Blackbirds have been here before and can score in bunches. Pick: LIU Brooklyn.
- Boise State vs. La Salle – Much like MTSU and SMC, this is a great March matchup against two teams that could give Kansas State a fight in the next round. Both teams have a solid road win. Boise beat Creighton in Omaha. La Salle won at VCU. While the Explorers’ road win is a tad more impressive, gut here says the Broncos sneak out a victory. Pick: Boise State.
More picks sure to go wrong on Wednesday.