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Eight teams to keep an eye on during the NCAA Tournament


Sixty-eight teams are in the NCAA Tournament, but as the brackets were being unveiled Sunday night, here are eight I will be following:

North Dakota State (No. 12 seed in West): The hometown team, my state has more teams in this year’s tournament (one) than the state of Indiana (zip). The Bison will upset Oklahoma on Thursday.

Kansas State (No. 9 seed in Midwest): The alma mater. The Wildcats have some talent, but do you really think Bruce Weber can coach an undermanned team to an upset? Me either — they’ll lose to Kentucky.

Wichita State (No. 1 seed in Midwest): The undefeated Shockers will be the first top seed to get bounced — Louisville will beat them in the Sweet 16.

Creighton (No. 3 seed in West): I was urged to watch the Blue Jays play Providence on Saturday night because of Doug McDermott. Why they lost to the Friars and why they’ll lose to Baylor in the round of 32 — his teammates don’t give him the ball enough.

Dayton (No. 11 seed in South): Relatives who live in Dayton have gone to Flyers games for about 30 years. Pumped about not having to be in a play-in game, they’ll upset Ohio State.

Oregon (No. 7 in West): Why are the Ducks getting any kind of respect? At one point during their conference season, they lost five straight games. Over-seeded, Oregon will lose to BYU.

Harvard (No. 12 in East): Everybody will pick the Crimson to beat Cincinnati because of last year’s win over New Mexico. But the battle-tested Bearcats and super scorer Sean Kilpatrick will roll.

Florida (No. 1 seed in South): If the Gators keep playing, more people are bound to buy the newspaper, right? For all the talk about going 21-0 in SEC competition, this season is a Complete Zero if the Gators don’t make the Final Four.

They’ll beat both Pittsburgh and UCLA on their way to reaching Jerry World.

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Noillusions 03/17/14 - 05:41 am
Ryan, got to agree with you.

Ryan, got to agree with you. Dayton has a team worth watching.

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