March Madness First Round South Picks
Ladies and Gents, may I present to you my picks for the South Region of the long awaited March Madness Tournament.
Alabama vs Texas A&M-CC
Alabama - We have all heard of this Bama team by now, if not for their dominance in college basketball this season, then it was because of their legal issues. This team is led by arguably the number one player in the country right now Brandon Miller, who seems to have cleared his legal issues. Whether you agree or not with this team's off the court issues, there is no denying that they can easily win it all in this tournament. They have played a significantly harder schedule than Texas A&M-CC, and this game should be an absolute Bama blowout. ROLL TIDE.
Maryland vs West Virginia
West Virginia- Another either way matchup in the South, this should be a fun game to watch. And it all comes down to how these two teams have been in their recent games. Marland lost to Ohio State, and Penn State in their last three games and beat Minnesota. While West Virginia lost Kansas, but beat Texas Tech, and Kansas State in their last three games, I don't think anyone would argue against being tougher opponents. I think it's going to be a scrapy battle, but I like the Mountaineers to come out on top of this one.
SDSU vs Charleston
SDSU - Charleston has been outstanding this season with a 31-3 record they have been playing as well as anyone in the NCAA. The only problem is they have been relying on scoring a ton of points per game in order to win. SDSU is GRITTY. They have allowed no more than 61 pts. To their opponents in their last 5 games and I don’t think Charleston is going to be able to score like they have been against lesser opponents.
UVA vs Furman
UVA - This UVA vs. Furman matchup is going to be a good one. UVA just lost in the ACC tournament finals to Duke while Furman won their respective tournament. I don’t believe that this is a game where UVA is just going to be able to walk all over their opponent, but I do think that they will win. Furman relies on scoring points and that is one of the things UVA is best against. Furman isn’t going to be able to put up 80 or 90 pts and that is going to be the difference in this game.
Creighton vs NC State
NC State- This NC State team is good, like really really good. They haven't had the most amazing eye-catching season, but it's an extremely talented team. NC State's success depends fully on their guard play, their guards aren’t afraid to fire off threes at all, Jarkell Joiner, Casey Morsell, and Trequavion Smith all attempt anywhere from 5 to 9 threes a game. If NC State gets hot with the three ball, then I think they will easily hand this Creighton team the upset.
Baylor vs UCSB
Baylor- Baylor is Baylor, they may have not had the best looking Baylor season to date, but everyone knows when it comes to the tournament they turn it up. Baylor has played in arguably the best conference of basketball this season, the Big 12, and have been battling ranked the entire season. This Baylor team is battle tested, and with the strength of schedule they’ve played this year, there is no shot they roll over for USCB. With this being said, the Bears led by Keyonte George should cruise through this first round matchup.
Missouri vs Utah State
Missouri- This is one of the sketchiest games in the South. Both these teams score big numbers, while also allowing big opponents to put up numbers. The game is simply going to come down to which offense can outscore the other. I think the Mizzou team is simply more battle tested than this Utah State team, having to face a lot of tough opponents over the season. Mizzou even beat Tennessee in both its matchups this year. This game is going to be an absolute shootout, but I back this Mizzou team to come out the victor.
Arizona vs Princeton
Arizona- The PAC-12 champions Arizona have been through a lot this year playing in a pretty tough PAC-12 conference. Even with playing tough matchups all season long they managed to stay ranked top 17 in the country all season long. Their PAC-12 tournament display shows just how talented this team is, beating a favorite to win the whole Tournament UCLA for the championship. Yes, UCLA is down one of their star players, but they still are an insanely talented team, so this Arizona win speaks volumes to what this team can accomplish this March Madness. Yes Princeton won the IV-League, but let's keep it real the level of competition is nowhere close.
Top 3 South Bets
Missouri vs Utah o155.5- Both teams put up points, both teams concede points, keep it simple, take the over.
West Virginia ML- It's going to be a dogfight, but don’t overthink the Mountaineers.
NC State +5.5- If they drained their threes, this should be a straight up win for NC State. Even if there is not, this game should be close no matter what and the +5.5 is a very generous amount of points to take.
Bets: Missouri vs Utah o155.5, West Virginia ML, NC State +5.5