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 All my thoughts and opinions on college basketball for the week of May 25th, 2016:

 *Kansas and Kentucky will meet again next season. That is the marquee matchup in the Big 12-SEC Challenge. There are a number of interesting showdowns, including Oklahoma vs. Florida featuring Lon Kruger against a former employer. Texas A&M and West Virginia also stands out.

*The Big Ten-ACC challenge features several outstanding matchups as well. Indiana-North Carolina, Michigan State-Duke and Wisconsin-Syracuse are among the highlights.

*Roy Williams received some good news when Justin Jackson opted to return to the Tar Heels, pulling out of the NBA draft. Previously, North Carolina got word that forward Kennedy Meeks was coming back to Chapel Hill after withdrawing from the draft.

*Wisconsin will have forward Nigel Hayes back after he pulled out of the NBA draft. Coach Greg Gard had to be happy with that decision. He should be a major factor in the Big Ten next season. Oregon's Dillon Brooks and Villanova's Josh Hart also opted to return to college.

*Syracuse was not as fortunate as Malachi Richardson decided to sign with an agent and stay in the draft.

*Kansas added a future big man as Evan Maxwell transferred from Liberty. He averaged double-figure scoring last season and will have to sit out the 2016-17 campaign.

 
March Madness 2016 PDF Print E-mail

Dickie V`s 2016 NCAA Brackets!

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

Kansas
Colorado
Maryland
Cali
Arizona
Miami
Iowa
Villanova
Kansas
Maryland
Miami
Villanova
Kansas
Villanova
Oregon
St Joe`s
Baylor
Duke
Texas
Texas A&M
VCU
Oklahoma
Oregon
Duke
Texas
Oklahoma
Kansas
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Mich St
Mich St
Kentucky
Mich St
N Carolina
Kentucky
W Virginia
Xavier
N Carolina
Providence
Indiana
Kentucky
Notre Dame
W Virginia
Wisc
Xavier
Virginia
Purdue
Steton Hall
Mich St
Virginia
Texas Tech
Purdue
Iowa St
Steton Hall
Utah
Syracuse
Mich St

Picks:

SOUTH
KANSAS OVER AUSTIN PEAY
Austin Peay will play hard but the Jayhawks have too much experience. 
 
COLORADO OVER CONNECTICUT
Josh Scott will lead the Buffs past the Huskies.
 
MARYLAND OVER SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
The Terps go as Melo Trimble goes. Good start.
 
CALIFORNIA OVER HAWAII
Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb are two of the best diaper dandies around.
 
ARIZONA OVER VANDY/WICHITA STATE
Sean Miller always has his teams prepared at this time of season.
 
MIAMI OVER BUFFALO
Jim Larranaga has a veteran team that is ready to make a good run.
 
IOWA OVER TEMPLE
The Hawkeyes have slipped a lot since being ranked #3 in the country. Time to bounce back.
 
VILLANOVA OVER NC-ASHEVILLE
Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins don't get enough publicity.
 
 
SECOND ROUND
KANSAS OVER COLORADO
They used to be Big Eight rivals. The Kansas backcourt will dominate here.
 
MARYLAND OVER CALIFORNIA
One of the best second-round match-ups. Jake Layman has to step up in this one.
 
MIAMI OVER ARIZONA
Angel Rodriguez and Sheldon McClellan don't want their careers to end here.
 
VILLANOVA OVER IOWA
Backcourt play a key. I like Peter Jok but Villanova has too many offensive threats.
 
 
SWEET 16
KANSAS OVER MARYLAND
A super showdown. Kansas is the deeper team and that is a plus in this one.
 
VILLANOVA OVER MIAMI
Old rivals meet up. Jay Wright finds a way to survive and advance.
 
 
ELITE EIGHT 
KANSAS OVER VILLANOVA
A classic 1 vs. 2. Kansas gets to the Final Four.
 
 
WEST
OREGON OVER HOLY CROSS/SOUTHERN
The Ducks are a very good team. Tyler Dorsey is a superb diaper dandy.
 
ST. JOSEPHS OVER CINCINNATI
The Hawks were impressive in winning the A-10 tournament. DeAndre Bembry is vastly underrated.
 
BAYLOR OVER YALE
Rico Gathers can dominate on the glass. This is not an easy one.
 
DUKE OVER NC-WILMINGTON
The Blue Devils are just above .500 in recent weeks. Grayson Allen and Brandon Ingram are too much.
 
TEXAS OVER NORTHERN IOWA
Wes Washpun is a tough match-up, but the Longhorns will win the battle up front.
 
TEXAS A&M OVER GREEN BAY
I was really impressed with Billy Kennedy's team in the SEC tournament. Danuel House and Jalen Jones are special. 
 
VCU OVER OREGON STATE
The Rams have something to prove. Tres Tinkle has been injured for the Beavers.
 
OKLAHOMA OVER CAL-BAKERSFIELD
Buddy Hield should put on a show. Sooners will be pouring in trifectas.
 

SECOND ROUND
OREGON OVER ST JOSEPH'S
This will be a hard-fought one. Dana Altman's club moves on.
 
DUKE OVER BAYLOR
A tough one. Marshall Plumlee has to come through in this one.
 
TEXAS A&M OVER TEXAS
They met earlier this season and the Aggies won. History repeats itself.
 
OKLAHOMA OVER VCU
Ryan Spangler will be tough in this one for Oklahoma.
 
 
SWEET 16
OREGON OVER DUKE
Coach K's run ends against a talented Ducks club.
 
OKLAHOMA OVER TEXAS A&M
Old Big Eight rivals meet in an athletic battle. 
 
 
ELITE EIGHT
OKLAHOMA OVER OREGON
Lon Kruger believes he has a Final Four team. This will prove it.
 
 
EAST
NORTH CAROLINA OVER FDU/FLORIDA GULF COAST
Too much Tar Heel magic. Frontline dominates with Brice Johnson.
 
PROVIDENCE OVER USC
Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil are a great 1-2 punch.
 
INDIANA OVER CHATTANOOGA
The Hoosiers deserved a better seed and an easier game. This will be tough.
 
KENTUCKY OVER STONY BROOK
Watch out for Mr. Warney! Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray are the best backcourt in America.
 
NOTRE DAME OVER MICHIGAN/TULSA
The Irish struggled down the stretch. Time for some redemption.
 
WEST VIRGINIA OVER STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
The Lumberjacks may handle the Mountaineer pressure better than most. Devin Williams too much up front.
 
WISCONSIN OVER PITTSBURGH
This may be more like a football game due to physical styles.
 
XAVIER OVER WEBER STATE
The Musketeers will not have an easy time but depth is a difference.
 

SECOND ROUND
NORTH CAROLINA OVER PROVIDENCE
The Tar Heels are too strong. Joel Berry could be a key in this one.
 
KENTUCKY OVER INDIANA
Calipari vs. Crean. I bet they're thrilled to meet this early.
 
WEST VIRGINIA OVER NOTRE DAME
Demetrious Jackson may be exhausted after this one.
 
XAVIER OVER WISCONSIN
Trevon Blueitt will be more of a household name after this tourney.
 
 
SWEET 16
KENTUCKY OVER NORTH CAROLINA
Two bluebloods meet in a classic. Guard play gives the 'Cats the win.
 
XAVIER OVER WEST VIRGINIA
Chris Mack's kids can handle the pressure. 
 
 
ELITE EIGHT
KENTUCKY OVER XAVIER
Kentucky needs the frontcourt to do more in the tournament. Alex Poythress is a key.
 

MIDWEST
VIRGINIA OVER HAMPTON
The Cavaliers could hold Hampton below 50 points.
 
TEXAS TECH OVER BUTLER
The Red Raiders bounce back from a disappointing loss to TCU in the Big 12 tourney.
 
PURDUE OVER LITTLE ROCK
The size of the frontline will be a lot to overcome. Little Rock is sound fundamentally.
 
IOWA STATE OVER IONA
Georges Niang and Monte Morris will the Cyclones to a tough win.
 
SETON HALL OVER GONZAGA
Isaiah Whitehead has really matured. Look at what he did in the Big East tourney.
 
UTAH OVER FRESNO STATE
Jakob Poeltl is a force up front who will be a pro next season.
 
SYRACUSE OVER DAYTON
Jim Boeheim's team has been on a rollercoaster. Time to live up to expectations. 
 
MICHIGAN STATE OVER MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE
The Spartans should have been a number one seed. Nine straight wins into the tournament.
 
 
SECOND ROUND
VIRGINIA OVER TEXAS TECH
Sorry Tubby, too much Malcolm Brogdon and Anthony Gill.
 
PURDUE OVER IOWA STATE
This should be a great game. The Cyclones do not do enough defensively.
 
SETON HALL OVER UTAH
Guard play keys the Pirates in this match-up.
 
MICHIGAN STATE OVER SYRACUSE
Great coaching match-up between Tom Izzo and Jim Boeheim.
 
 
SWEET 16
VIRGINIA OVER PURDUE
The Cavaliers have to hang tough on the glass in this game.
 
MICHIGAN STATE OVER SETON HALL
Denzel Valentine continues his outstanding career.
 
 
ELITE EIGHT
MICHIGAN STATE OVER VIRGINIA
Three strikes and Virginia is out, losing to MSU for a third straight season.
 
 
FINAL FOUR
OKLAHOMA OVER KANSAS
The third match-up of the season is a charm for the Sooners.
 
MICHIGAN STATE OVER KENTUCKY
One of the most anticipated match-ups of the season. 
 
 
TITLE GAME
MICHIGAN STATE OVER OKLAHOMA
Izzo makes the Hall of Fame and cuts down the nets on the same weekend.
 
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Week of May 16th, 2016

Each week I will write about the world of sports:

*Thanks to everybody involved in this year's Dick Vitale gala, raising money for the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research. Urban Meyer, Robin Roberts and Bo Ryan were our honorees. Sarasota was the sports capital of the world with names from the sports world coming to the event. Names like Jim Harbaugh, Archie Griffin, Lloyd Carr, Jon Gruden, Nick Bollettieri, Chris Fowler, John Saunders, Dan Shulman and many college basketball coaches helped support the event.

*I like the Cavaliers to beat the Raptors in five games in the Eastern conference finals. 

*I like the Tampa Bay Lightning to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins to advance to the Stanley Cup finals.

*Stephen Curry is simply unstoppable. Congrats on being an unanimous selection as NBA MVP. He was super as the Warriors knocked out the Blazers.

*Several great golfers missed the cut at The Players Championship. Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson and Masters champ Danny Willett failed to make it to the third day. That is a tough tournament.

*Chris Sale continues to dominate. The White Sox lefty remained unbeaten with a win over the Yankees. He has been so impressive this season.

 
 
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