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Lots of action in first two rounds

Mar 16, 2004 8:29 AM

It’s March Madness, let the games begin! If you are any kind of a fan it just doesn’t get any better then this. For the first two days of the tournament I have always made a small bet on every game, it’s a must. But I hope to find a couple of games that I really like and pass them on to all, so here goes.

The Sweet 16. Kentucky may have one of the easiest routes and most likely will play Kansas. Gonzaga also appears to have one of the easiest routes and most likely will play Georgia Tech.

St. Joe’s also should get there if they can get past the winner of the Texas Tech/Charlotte game, but then will probably lose to the winner of the Wake Forest/ Florida game. That means they will be the first No. 1 to fail to make the Elite Eight.

Pittsburgh, with something to prove after being snubbed in the seeding, will come out smoking and get to the final 16; they will only have to beat the winner of the Memphis/Oklahoma State game to get to the Great Eight.

The road to Atlanta could be a tough one for Duke. They will need to go through Arizona. Illinois, Cincinnati, North Carolina, Texas, Louisville and Mississippi State all have a shot at moving deep into the tourney.

Stanford will have little problem getting to the final 16 and most likely meet the winner of the NC State-Connecticut game.

So have fun with the games, keeping in mind that these are the teams I plan to back.

Thursday, March 18

HSBC Arena-Buffalo, NY

NC Charlotte + 2 over Texas Tech

ST. Joseph —23 over Liberty

Depaul —2 over Dayton

Connecticut —20 over Vermont

RBC Center-Raleigh, NC

Arizona —3 over Seton Hall

Alabama State +34 over Duke

Florida —5.5 over Manhattan

VA Commonwealth +13.5 over Wake Forest

Pepsi Center-Denver, CO

Air Force +8 over North Carolina

Texas —11.5 over Princeton

BYU +2.5 over Syracuse

UTEP +7.5 over Maryland: This will be one of my bigger bets. I just can’t see the Terps getting up for this after such a tough tournament. One of the first upsets?

Key Arena-Seattle,WA

So. Illinois +2.5 over Alabama

Stanford —26 over Texas San Antonio

Nevada +2.5 over Michigan State

Valparaiso +20 over Gonzaga: Valpo will be overlooked here, the points look good.

Friday, March 19

Nationwide Arena-Columbus OH

UAB +2 over Washington

Kentucky should be 30 or higher over Lehigh or Florida A&M

Illinois —7.5 over Murray State

Cincinnati —9 over E. Tennessee St.

TD Waterhouse Center-Orlando,Fla

Louisville —2 over Xavier

Mississippi St. —19 over Monmouth

Western Michigan PK over Vanderbilt

UL Lafayette +8 over NC State

Bradley Center-Milwaukee, WI

Boston College —1 Over Utah. BC on a roll!

Northern Iowa +12 over Georgia Tech

Richmond +9 over Wisconsin

Pittsburgh —14 over Central Florida. The Panthers are steamed for not getting a #2 seed.

Kemper Arena-Kansas City, MO

Memphis —2.5 over South Carolina

Oklahoma State —16 over E. Washington

Pacific +7 over Providence

Illinois Chicago +8.5 over Kansas.