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 All my thoughts and opinions on college basketball for the week of August 20th, 2015:


*Exhibition trips can give coaches the opportunity to learn about their teams and their strengths and weaknesses. Illinois coach John Groce learned early in his trip that sophomore Leron Black will be tough on the glass. He had a double-double, including 14 rebounds, in a win over Belgian pro team. He grabbed eight boards in a loss to the Dutch national team. 

*On the subject of the Illini, more news. Forward Darius Paul was suspended on the tour in France for misconduct.  Illinois got a break when Khalid Lewis, a 6-3 guard, transferred from LaSalle. He will be eligible immediately, boosting a backcourt which lost Tracy Abrams to injury for the season. 

*Louisville had high hopes for Drexel transfer Damion Lee. He came through with performances of 36. 29 and 28 points against Puerto Rico. 

*LSU diaper dandy Ben Simmons averaged 24 ppg. in the first two games of the team's Australian trip. Teaming with Antonio Blakeney and Brandon Sampson, Johnny Jones will have some super young talent. Guard Josh Gray did not participate in his school's tour of Australia. Gray reportedly participated in an unsanctioned game prior to the trip.

*Something tells me the Hoosiers of Tom Crean will battle for the Big Ten title this year. Indiana will be strong on the perimeter. I love the Indiana backcourt. I still feel Maryland is the team to beat, led by Melo Trimble.

 
March Madness 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Dickie V`s 2015 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!

Kentucky
Purdue
W.Virgini
Maryland
Texas
NotreDame
Wichita St
Kansas
Kentucky
Maryland
NotreDame
Kansas
Kentucky
NotreDame
Wisc
Oregon
Arkansas
NC
Xavier
Baylor
Ohio St
Arizona
Wisc
NC
Baylor
Arizona
Wisc
Arizona
Kentucky
Arizona
Kentucky
Kentucky
Gonzaga
Virginia
Gonzaga
Villanova
Virginia
Villanova
Louisville
Oklahoma
Virginia
Villa
NC State
N.Iowa
Louisville
Providence
Oklahoma
MichiganSt
Virginia
Duke
Gonzaga
Duke
Utah
Iowa State
Gonzaga
Duke
St. John's
Utah
Georgetown
SMU
Iowa State
Iowa
Gonzaga

Picks:

MIDWEST
Kentucky over Manhattan/Hampton
The best team in America moves on. Too much size, speed, athleticism.
 
Purdue over Cincinnati
Expect a physical war in this one.
 
West Virginia over Buffalo
Mountaineers hope to have Juwan Staten back in the lineup.
 
Maryland over Valparaiso
Melo Trimble makes some noise in his tournament debut.
 
Texas over Butler
Longhorns got in with 13 losses, have size up front with Myles Turner and company.
 
Notre Dame over Northeastern
Irish second in the nation in field goal percentage, continue on roll after winning ACC.
 
Wichita State over Indiana
Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet are a dynamic backcourt. Their experience is a factor here.
 
Kansas over New Mexico State
Perry Ellis is back and that helps. Wayne Seldon needs to perform well here.
 
Kentucky over Purdue
Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein are too much inside for Purdue.
 
Maryland over West Virginia
Dez Wells and company escape with a hard-fought victory.
 
Notre Dame over Texas
Perimeter shooting will ve a key in this match-up.
 
Kansas over Wichita State
The battle for supremacy in the state goes to rock, chalk, Jayhawk.
 
Kentucky over Maryland
'Cats have depth and size advantage. Harrison Twins step up here.
 
Notre Dame over Kansas
Jerrian Grant is the star of stars in this one.
 
Kentucky over Notre Dame
Should be a good test of youth vs. experience. 'Cats move to 38-0.
 
 
WEST
Wisconsin over Coastal Carolina
Cliff Ellis' team gave Virginia a battle in last year's tourney. Badgers veterans will prevail.
 
Oregon over Oklahoma State
Joseph Young was Pac-12 Player of the Year for a reason.
 
Arkansas over Wofford
This will not be easy but Bobby Portis should get the Hogs through.
 
North Carolina over Harvard
Tar Heels too big inside as former Dukie Tommy Amaker loses to a rival.
 
Xavier over BYU/Mississippi
Close game for Chris Mack's club but a W, baby!
 
Baylor over Georgia State
Rico Gathers is one of premier rebounders around. Glad Kevin Ware is back in the tourney.
 
Ohio State over VCU
D'Angelo Russell dominates with defensive dynamo Briante Weber out.
 
Arizona over Texas Southern
Brandon Ashley looked great in the Pac-12 tourney and it continues. TSU did stun Michigan State this season, but no shock here.
 
Wisconsin over Oregon
Frank Kaminsky won't be stopped by the Ducks.
 
North Carolina over Arkansas
Marcus Paige and company advance in a thriller.
 
Baylor over Xavier
Scott Drew's team will defend well here.
 
Arizona over Ohio State
'Cats inside game will be the difference.
 
Wisconsin over North Carolina
This will be one of the best game of the tournament.
 
Arizona over Baylor
TJ McConnell engineers a win.
 
Arizona over Wisconsin
Wildcats go to the Final Four in a Maalox Masher.
 
EAST
Villanova over Lafayette
Jay Wright's club will make some noise.
 
NC State over LSU
Trevor Lacey keys a Wolfpack win. Jordan Mickey has been bothered by a shoulder injury.
 
Northern Iowa over Wyoming
A tough, low-scoring game. Panthers having to go to the state of Washington isn't easy.
 
Louisville over UC-Irvine
Rick Pitino shines in the postseason.
 
Providence over Boise State/Dayton
LaDontae Henton and Kris Dunn key a Friar win.
 
Oklahoma over Albany
Buddy Hield is the best player on the court in this one.
 
Michigan State over Georgia
Tom Izzo has a dangerous seventh-seed.
 
Virginia over Belmont
Malcolm Brogdon has Cavs moving on.
 
Villanova over NC State
Darrun Hilliard leads a balanced attack in a good win.
 
Louisville over Northern Iowa
Montrezl Harrell over Seth Tuttle.
 
Oklahoma over Providence
Lon Kruger goes to another Sweet 16.
 
Virginia over Michigan State
Cavs avenge last season's tourney loss to Spartans
 
Villanova over Louisville
Jay Wright over Pitino in ex-Big East battle.
 
Virginia over Oklahoma
Defense leads Cavs as they march on.
 
Virginia over Villanova
One for the ages.
 
SOUTH
Duke over North Florida/Robert Morris
No Mercer moment this time.
 
St. John's over San Diego State
No Obekpa but Johnnies find a way with Harrison leading the way.
 
Utah over SF Austin
Not any easy one for Delon Wright and company.
 
Georgetown over Eastern Washington
Hoyas play defense, that will be the difference.
 
SMU over UCLA
Larry Brown beats his former employer.
 
Iowa State over UAB
Fred Hoiberg's team always wins its tourney opener.
 
Iowa over Davidson
Aaron White gets Hawkeyes through.
 
Duke over St. John's
Repeat of Coach K's 1000th win, but not as close.
 
Gonzaga over North Dakota State
This is Mark Few's best team.
 
Utah over Georgetown
Utes are dangerous in this bracket.
 
Iowa State over SMU
Cyclones are too tough here.
 
Gonzaga over Iowa
Kevin Pangos keys a W. 
 
 
Duke over Utah
Too much Okafor.
 
Gonzaga over Iowa State
Size inside makes a difference.
 
Gonzaga over Duke
A great showdown.
 
FINAL FOUR
Kentucky over Arizona
Cats over Cats
 
Gonzaga over Virginia
Few gets to the finals.
 
TITLE GAME
Kentucky over Gonzaga
40-0. Wiltjer almost beats former team.
 

 

 

 
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