Okay, after a ton of research I have come to the realization that I need to just make my picks and hope for the best. Should there be an upset in Tuesday or Wednesday's first round games I will update any changes by late tomorrow night. I am considering Clemson over West Virginia should they get past UAB. Same goes for USC if they beat Virginia Commonwealth.
Second Round Winners
I am working the phones for last minute information to make the best possible selections I can for the NCAA Tournament. I will have my picks up by tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. and I will update them after the 4 first round games are completed on Wednesday night as most pools are not using them in their brackets.
Throughout the football season I will make my picks against the spread. Here are Saturday's best plays. Please check back frequently as I will update my picks throughout the day.
Illinois vs Missouri OVER 53
Washington +1 over BYU
Purdue +11 over Notre Dame
Kansas State +1.5 over UCLA
Northwestern - 3.5 over Vanderbilt
I also have the picks listed below from one of my crew at CSN - A guy that I'll call Mr. BCS
Here are his best picks of the weekend:
After a full day of research crunching numbers and examining trends of the 65 teams in this year's NCAA Tournament I have come up with my picks for this year's edition of March Madness which begins on Tuesday night with the Play In game between Arkansas Pine Bluff and Winthrop.
The field is as wide open as I have seen in a long time with a number of high seeds ripe to be upset in the early rounds of the tournament. However, for all of the upset possibilities there aren't many teams that can put together 3 great weeks to cut down the nets in Indianapolis. Instead, I see a handful of teams that have the ingredients necessary to handle all of the challenges that will be thrown their way in the three week sprint to a title that is the NCAA Tournament.
So click on the pictures and reveal some of my thoughts. March Madness 2010 is here....
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I am sitting at my desk doing research on the 2010 NCAA Tournament and I keep coming up with reasons why the number of upsets will be more than we have seen in a long time. However, just as I get ready to pick several shockers I crunch the numbers and realize that the upper echelon teams are going to be very tough to beat.
So I am going to continue research the teams in hopes of giving you the best possible picks so you win your office pool. Below are some of the games that I am crunching the numbers on:
Tennessee/San Diego State
Oklahoma State/Georgia Tech
Texas A+M/Utah State
I have a handful of teams that I can see making a deep tournament run but before I commit to taking them I have to crunch a few more numbers to bolster my argument for choosing them. For example, I love Kansas State and their outstanding coach Frank Martin. However, can K-State beat a very good Pittsburgh team should they meet in the Sweet Sixteen?
How about Ohio State going a long way in the tournament? The Buckeyes have perhaps the nation's best player in Evan Turner but they have no depth and in a tournament format that could catch up with them in a hurry. I am leaning towards having them exit in either Round Two or in the Sweet Sixteen.
Can Siena shock Big Ten Co-Champion Purdue? Siena is always a tough out in the tourney and Purdue is without their best player, Robbie Hummel. Hummel tore his ACL and is gone for the season so the Boilermakers do not have a true go to star to carry them through the tough times that always pop up in the NCAA's.
More to come tonight....
I have seen a lot of college basketball over the years and this season has been no exception. I write the college basketball preview for Playboy magazine and I call games for ESPN so I get to see some of the best teams in the country up close and personal. I am staying up late Sunday night working the phones and crunching the numbers to bring you my best effort at a well thought out bracket for your NCAA pools.
I will have my completed bracket up on this sight by 4:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon so please tell your friends to check in. Either I will give you some great picks or you can have a laugh at my expense. I will also be Tweeting throughout the tournament with my picks against the point spread so please follow me @thekapman on Twitter and ask your friends to do the same if you want access to the inside info that I get.
Please check back on Monday afternoon. Thanks for reading the blog! Kap