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Dickie V`s 2014 NCAA Brackets!

March Madness is here, baby! Check out my tournament picks, fan photos, and my live Twitter feed. Use #dickievpicks to join the conversation!

Florida
Pitt
SF Austin
UCLA
Dayton
Syracuse
Stanford
Kansas
FLorida
UCLA
Dayton
Stanford
Florida
Dayton
Virginia
Memphis
Harvard
Mich St
N Carolina
Iowa St
UCONN
Villanova
Virginia
Mich St
Iowa St
UCONN
Michigan St
Connecticut
Florida
UCONN
Connecticut
Connecticut
Kentucky
Wisconsin
Kentucky
Arizona
Wisconsin
Arizona
San Diego St
Baylor
Wisc
Arizona
Gonzaga
N.Dakota St
San Diego St
Baylor
Creighton
Orgegon
Wisc
Kentucky
Michigan
Kentucky
Louisville
Tenn
Michigan
Wichita St
Kentucky
St Louis
Lousiville
Tennessee
Mercer
Texas
Michigan

Picks:

SOUTH: 
 
ROUND OF 64
Florida over Cal-Poly/Mount St. Mary's...The Gators are so tough defensively and have great experience.
Pittsburgh over Colorado. Might be different if Dinwiddie wasn't hurt. Pittsburgh is so physical.
VCU over Stephen F. Austin. The Lumberjacks have won 28 in a row but Shaka Smart has a tough team, a legit sleeper.
UCLA over Tulsa. Steve Alford vs. Danny Manning, but Bruins playing too well now.
Ohio State over Dayton. State rivals will have a good game. Like the Buckeyes to advance.
Syracuse over Western Michigan. CJ Fair has to respond to the challenge.
New Mexico over Stanford. Lobos too strong up front with Bairstow and Kirk.
Kansas over Eastern Kentucky. Jayhawks won't miss Embiid here. Wiggins has been hot.
 
ROUND OF 32
Florida over Pittsburgh. Gators can survive despite Panthers playing a physical game.
UCLA over VCU. Kyle Anderson is playing like an elite performer.
Syracuse over Ohio State. One of the more interesting matchups of this round. Ennis vs. Craft should be a fun watch.
New Mexico over Kansas. Jayhawks won by 17 in regular season, turns with Embiid out this time.
 
ROUND OF 16
Florida over UCLA. Scottie Wilbekin and company survive and advance in a tough test. Gator fans will flock to Memphis.
Syracuse over New Mexico. Jerami Grant must be a factor against the Lobo frontline.
 
REGIONAL FINAL
Florida over Syracuse. The Gators continue the long winning streak and go to Texas for the Final Four.
 
EAST: 
 
ROUND OF 64
Virginia over Coastal Carolina. Cliff Ellis falls against a former ACC rival.
Memphis over George Washington. The Tigers have firepower at guard.
Cincinnati over Harvard. Experience with Kilpatrick, Jackson and Rubles is vital.
Michigan State over Delaware. The Spartans are peaking at the right time.
North Carolina over Providence. Marcus Paige outduels Bryce Cotton.
Iowa State over NC Central. Cannot take this one lightly, but Cyclones should advance.
Connecticut over St. Joseph's. Shabazz Napier leads the way.
Villanova over Milwaukee. Bell went 0-for-8 in loss to Seton Hall at Big East. He will bounce back.
 
ROUND OF 32
Virginia over Memphis. The Cavliers have great balance and defense.
Michigan State over Cincinnati. Not an easy matchup for the Spartans but they will survive.
Iowa State over North Carolina. Melvin Ejim and DeAndre Kane are too much.
Villanova over Connecticut. Old Big East rivals meet.
 
ROUND OF 16
Michigan State over Virginia. Tom Izzo's guards can match up well with the Cavaliers.
Iowa State over Villanova. Fred Hoiberg's team is on a roll.
 
REGIONAL FINAL
Michigan State over Iowa State. Izzo goes back to the Final Four.
 
WEST:
 
ROUND OF 64
Arizona over Weber State. Sean Miller's team will prevail easily.
Oklahoma State over Gonzaga. Marcus Smart and company are a dangerous lower seed.
Oklahoma over North Dakota State. Sooners will be tested here.
San Diego State over New Mexico State. Too much Xavier Thames.
Baylor over Nebraska. Former Big 12 foes square off.
Creighton over Louisiana. Doug McDermott scores 30.
Oregon over BYU. Ducks are too quick and battle tested.
Wisconsin over American. Frank Kaminsky and company advance.
 
ROUND OF 32
Arizona over Oklahoma State. Nick Johnson vs. Smart, wow!
San Diego State over Oklahoma. Steve Fisher's team moves on.
Creighton over Baylor. This will be a great game.
Wisconsin over Oregon. Badgers defense too much for Ducks.
 
ROUND OF 16
Arizona over San Diego State. Wildcats won a close one vs. Aztecs in the regular season, will happen again.
Wisconsin over Creighton. They have the bodies to match up with McDermott.
 
REGIONAL FINAL
Arizona over Wisconsin. Even without Brandon Ashley, they make the Final Four.
 
MIDWEST:
 
ROUND OF 64
Wichita State over Cal-Poly/Texas Southern. Gregg Marshall's team wins easily.
Kentucky over Kansas State. The Wildcats have a chip on their shoulder.
NC State over Saint Louis. The Wolfpack will take advantage of their second life.
Louisville over Manhattan. Teacher Pitino beats pupil Masiello.
Massachusetts over Iowa. Chaz Williams and company move on.
Duke over Mercer. Too much Parker and Hood.
Arizona State over Texas. Even matchup. could go to the wire.
Michigan over Wofford. Nik Stauskas and company advance.
 
ROUND OF 32
Kentucky over Wichita State. Just like Gonzaga felt last year.
Louisville over NC State. Pitino's team peaking at the right time.
Duke over Massachusetts. Coach K has his team prepared.
Michigan over Arizona State. Jahii Carson is inconsistent in this one.
 
ROUND OF 16
Louisville over Kentucky. Revenge factor.
Michigan over Duke. Also revenge.
 
REGIONAL FINAL
Louisville over Michigan. Russ Smith over Stauskas.
 
FINAL FOUR
Michigan State over Florida. 2000 national championship rematch goes to Sparty.
Louisville over Arizona. Cardinals are a little deeper.
 
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Michigan State over Louisville. Rigatoni special.
 

 

 

 
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April 14, 2014

Each week I will write about the world of sports:

*Congratulations to Bubba Watson on winning the Masters. It is his second green jacket and he held off Jordan Spiethto win.  

*I do not know much about the NHL, but the Boston Bruins look like the team to beat. 

*Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies finished a special season by beating Notre Dame in the national championship game. Storrs is the basketball capital of the world, with the men and women cutting down the nets. They also accomplished that feat a decade ago. 

*The Indiana Pacers had a huge win over Oklahoma City on Sunday. Can the Pacers keep it together for the playoffs?

*The Milwaukee Brewers have quietly gotten off to a great start.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 
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