These picks are my best for everyone to get a perfect East region of their brackets three best spread bets are at the end.
1.Purdue vs 16. Fair Dickinson
Fair Dickinson just played in their 16 seed play in game and beat the ever-living shit out of Texas Southern. It looked like Texas Southern had no interest in playing in the rest of the NCAA tournament and I was frankly disgusted by their performance. With that being said I don’t believe I need to do a lot of convincing for this game. Purdue are -23.0point favorites in this game, they’re undefeated in their last 5 games and a one seed. The only time a one seed has lost in the first round is when shitty ass UVA decided to dump it to UMBC. The one seed isn’t going to lose here.
8.Memphis vs 9.FAU
This matchup is a very interesting one. For most people looking at their brackets they may see Memphis against a less known school like FAU and pick Memphis immediately. But there is a reason FAU is a 9 seed. They are 31-3 this year and they won their conference tournament. Although they don’t have any huge wins this year that really stick out here are the facts.
Winning Percentage: FAU – 91%; Memphis: 78%
Opponent Efficiency: FAU – 95.1; Memphis 99.2
Shooting Percentage: FAU – 58%; Memphis 56%
In all of these category’s FAU is winning. And I know a lot of people are gonna cry and say that FAU wasn’t playing anyone and Memphis had a much harder schedule. I do not give a singular fuck FAU is the better team and they’re going to show it on Friday.
5.Duke vs 12. Oral Roberts
This Matchup is also very interesting in my opinion. There are a shit ton of people that are saying that Oral Roberts is going to be the 5 – 12 upset this year and Duke isn’t ready for the offensive efficiency that Oral Roberts are going to come with. I’m not going to sit here and pretend that Oral Roberts doesn’t put up a ton of points. In their last three games they’ve scores 96,70, and 92. Their record this season of 30-4 is also insanely good. But this isn’t gonna be the 5 – 12 upset. Duke is a much better team than Oral Roberts. Their defense is much better as they are allowing 4 less points per 100 opponent possessions than Oral Roberts. And unlike FAU, I do not believe that Oral Roberts is going to be able to keep up with Dukes offense. Duke is going to show up on Thursday.
4.Tennessee vs 13. Louisiana
I don’t really think that I need to do too much explaining for this game either. The difference between opponent efficiency for these two teams is just way too big for Lousianna to have a chance when they don’t score more than Tennessee either. I do not believe that this game is going to be close and I do not believe that Lousiania, even though I love the Ragin Cajuns, have a single chance of winning this game.
8.Kentucky vs 11. Providence
This was the hardest game for me to pick in the East region by far and there is absolutely no reason for it to be this hard for me. For some reason I absolutely love Providence. The only thing that Providence has over Kansas is a better shooting percentage. They aren’t ranked as high, they don’t score as much, and they aren’t as hungry. Kentucky is HUNGRY. After their humiliating loss as the two seed last year to St. Peters. I personally had them going very deep and winning some of my brackets, and I will make the same mistake again this year. Kentucky better be as pissed after losing to St. Peters this year as I am that they lost. If they do not win on Friday vs Providence, I will personally go kick the fuck out of on player on their team and then get beat the fuck up by the rest.
3.Kansas St. vs 14. Montana St.
This Matchup is going to be my biggest upset in the first round of the tournament. Do not get me wrong Kansas St. is a great fucking team. They have an extremely efficient offense, and they are better than Montana St. on defense. But RaeQuan Battle is built to be a star. This kid averages 17.4 pts per game and he shots just under 50% from the floor. I know that Montana St. got shit on my Arizona, one of the best teams in the nation. But I do truly believe that their matchup against K State is pretty much even, and they could for sure pull out the win there. And also even if I’m completely wrong about this pick whoever wins is losing to Kentucky regardless.
Pick: Montana St.
7.Michigan St. vs 10.USC
The Michigan St. Spartans are a very good team. They have played #2 Gonzaga and lost by 1. They played #4 Kentucky and beat them by 9. And they’ve Played #3 Purdue and lost by 1. USC also has a lot of tough games but none of them were as close as Michigan State has been. Michigan State is supposed to be another toss up game between the 7 and 10 seeds, but I’ve seen Tyson Walker play about 2 games and he is ELECTRIC. Michigan State is the better team.
Pick: Michigan State
2.Marquette vs 15. Vermont
Marquette has fucked me over more than any team who has ever played in the NCAA tournament. I don’t know if it’s because of their name or what, but I always pick them to go way too far in the tournament. Usually, they’re a 10 or 7 seed when they do their best to fuck me over like this, but I promise they will do it again this year. I obviously picking them to win this game against Vermont as they are better than them in just about every category that matters, but I do promise you that they will fuck me over later in this tournament. So after they win this first round matchup just start fading me.
Best bets of the East Region:
Tennessee is going to blow Louisiana out of the water on Thursday. If they lose this game I will be losing so much money, BUT that won’t be happening. Fuck the Cajuns, go Vols.
Montana State +8.5
I have already told you that I love Montana State moneyline in this matchup. For this reason, even if they do not win this game I don’t see a world in which they don’t cover.
FAU is going to win this matchup. They are a great team who people don’t like because “They haven’t played anyone.” Shut the fuck up. They’re a great team and they are going to win this game outright. Take the points if your soft, take the moneyline if your real.