First Round

#8 Ole Miss vs. #9 Oklahoma: [long pause] Umm, Ole Miss? Pick: Ole Miss
#5 Wisconsin vs. #12 OregonI refuse to pick a Pac-12 team, and Oregon’s best win of the season was against Syracuse to a neutral court. Their defense is great, but the offense isn’t. That will not be enough to do it against Wisconsin. Pick: Wisconsin
#4 Kansas State vs. #13 UC Irvine: This really is the awful combo of a sexy double-digit seed meeting a Power 5 school with injuries. The Anteaters beat up on the Big West Conference, winning both the regular season and conference tournament titles. K-State will not have Barry Brown, meaning they’ll need to make up for his scoring and match direction someplace. Oh, and UC Irvine includes a dude. MAX HAZZARD!!! Select: UC Irvine
#6 Villanova vs. #11 Saint Mary’s: The Wildcats are nowhere near the team they were last year when they won the tournament, but they can still shoot threes fairly well and shouldn’t have any issues with St. Mary’s. It is going to be close, though. Select: Villanova
#3 Purdue vs. #14 Old Dominion: LET’S GET CRAZY. Old Dominion over Purdue later Carsen Edwards includes a quiet day, while BJ Stith and Ahmad Caver go OFF. Select: Old Dominion
#7 Cincinnati vs. #10 Iowa: This really is the yelling coach game as Fran McCaffrey and Mick Cronin are known for their. . .fiery personalities on the sidelines. Iowa was leaking every type of fluid down the stretch and are limping into the championship. Cincinnati takes it at a physical, gritty game. Pick: Cincinnati
#2 Tennessee vs. #15 Colgate: Colgate has about as much chance here as a real tube of toothpaste. The Volunteers are big, physical, and Tennessee moves easily. Select: Tennessee
Second Round
#1 Virginia vs. #9 Ole Miss: The Cavaliers are overly much on both offense and defense as they’re the only team in the country in the top-5 in both on KenPom. Pick: Virginia
#5 Wisconsin vs. #13 UC Irvine: Wisconsin’s outside shooting goes cold and UC Irvine’s run in the postseason continues. Am I only picking this since literally nobody wants to see Virginia-Wisconsin from the Sweet 16? Maybe. Select: UC Irvine
#12 Old Dominion vs. #6 Villanova: Cinderella’s ball is cut brief. Nova shoots ODU from the gym. Select: Villanova
#7 Cincinnati vs. #1 Tennessee: CINCY VS TENNY IN COLUMBUS. Ok, fine, I will not call them”Tenny” again. This one is really a brutal conflict, but Tennessee squeaks out one late thanks to a large play from Jordan Bone. Select: Tennessee
Sweet Sixteen
#1 Virginia vs. #13 UC Irvine: The Cavaliers have building confidence as they cruise into the Elite Eight. De’Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome, and Kyle Guy are too much to the Anteaters, moving them one win away in the promise land. Select: Virginia
#6 Villanova vs. #2 Tennessee: Another game that I desperately wish to see. Finesse vs. braun. Villanova slows down things and gets warm from out since Paschall has a big day at the paint. Pick: Villanova
Elite Eight
#1 Virginia vs. #6 Villanova: Villanova is worn out after a tough game with Tennesee and can’t figure out the Bundle Line defense. It’ll be close through the first half, however the Hoos pull down the stretch. Select: Virginia

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