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Bracket Bits: Picks for the First Four

dave1As somewhat an NCAA tournament traditionalist, there’s something grand about the early tip-times on Thursday: the midday games, the unveiling of March Madness.  But a few years in tow, the First Four has delivered its moments as well.  And once again, that’s where we start our journey on the Road to the Final Four.

For what it’s worth (not much), here are my picks for the First Four games.  I’ll share my choices for the 64-team field soon.  Let the Madness begin!

First Four picks

  • Manhattan over Hampton – As a reward, the Jaspers will have the honor of playing No. 1 seed Kentucky.
  • North Florida over Robert Morris – We’ve seen some upsets from Atlantic Sun teams before; this isn’t an upset, but the Ospreys will have a chance to take on Coach K and Company in Charlotte.
  • Dayton over Boise State – Why the “host” Flyers were the last at-large team in the Field is unclear.  But a home-court advantage is just that; UD moves on to battle Providence.
  • BYU over Mississippi – Although I had the Cougars as my “First Team Out” on Sunday night, that doesn’t mean they can’t win a game or two; they can really score the ball.  If they continue doing that, BYU will face Xavier.

If I’m 0-4 by Wednesday night, it’ll be predictable.  In recent years, it’s been easier to try and project what the Committee will do (UCLA excluded) than figure out what will happen once tournament play begins.  And that’s why we can’t wait for another round of Shining Moments.

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