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 All my thoughts and opinions on college basketball for the week of May 31st, 2016:

There is excitement galore in Cleveland as LeBron James will lead the charge in trying to bring a championship to a city that hasn’t seen one in over five decades.  This Cavalier team is finally healthy and will have a great opportunity to bring the gold trophy to the hungry fans of the Cavs.  It all starts with the most versatile player in the world, LeBron James, who has now led his teams over the last 6 years to the finals.  Last year he was limited in the help that he needed in battling the Warriors as Kevin Love and Kyrie Irwin were hampered big time and were sidelined due to injuries.  The VBDI (Vitale Bald Dome Index) says that LeBron will have the magical touch and will lead the Cavs to the championship in 7 games over Stephen Curry and the Warriors.

 
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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 September 26th, 2016

Each week I will write about the world of sports:

*I was shocked and saddened to hear the new of Jose Fernandez's passing. My prayers go out to the family and the whole Marlins organization.

*Will the change of defensive coordinator help Notre Dame turn things around? The loss to Duke was disappointing. 

*LSU made a ridiculous move firing Les Miles after two losses. Wisconsin and Auburn were not cupcake city.

*The Jets committed eight turnovers in a loss to the Chiefs. That is not acceptable for a pro football team.

*The wild card races have created lots of drama as we head down the home stretch of baseball. A lot of games have more meaning now. 

*This violence showing on CNN is not solving anything in Charlotte, NC . Much more can be achieved by extending a hand to each other.

*Can a player win Rookie of the Year if he only plays about 60 games out of a 162 game season? Gary Sanchez of the Yankees is surely making his case.

*Wisconsin has beaten a pair of top 10 teams this season. First it was LSI, and now a big win over Michigan State in the Big Ten. Badger fans have to be happy.

 

 
 
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