PCP: Who will win the NCAA Tournament?

PCP: Who will win the NCAA Tournament?

Miller appears to be on the fast track of joining the likes of Temple's John Chaney, Missouri's Norm Stewart and Purdue's Gene Keady - a trio who combined for more than 2,000 wins and zero Final Fours.

- Per Fallica, Gonzaga is 3-12 ATS in its last 15 NCAA tournament games as a favorite of greater than five points. Jairus Lyles, who averaged 23 points per game in his career, had 23 points in the second half against Virginia. The two teams have not faced each other since 2001 where the Bulldogs defeated NC State 71-58 in Cancun, Mexico. The Wildcats haven't been tested in wins over No. 16 Radford and No. 9 Alabama.

Aside from Villanova's Donte DiVincenzo putting up a clinic from behind the arc in the first half, there was not much to ride home about for the Wildcats as bothMikal Bridges and Jalen Brunson were practically nonexistent.

The goal for West Virginia is to limit three-point opportunities and force the Wildcats inside, where Sagaba Konate imposes his will and swats away field-goal attempts from the Villanova guards.

The Wolverines will do their best to make sure the Aggies don't repeat the long-range shooting success they had against North Carolina - and MI is well-equipped to do the job.

The Blue Devils are coming off an impressive 25 point beatdown over No. 7 seed Rhode Island, though, and continue to get quality production from both Grayson Allen and Marvin Bagley as they continue their March Madness run. "And we get a one-and-done game against a Power Five team from the ACC that played 30 games, and 24 of them are against really good teams". No. 3 Texas Tech beat a determined Stephen F. Austin Southland Conference team 70-60 and then came back to edge past sixth-seeded Florida 69-66. UMBC won the rebounding battle, 31-21.It was bound to win. The 6'1 sophomore is averaging 18.2 points per game.

After beginning the season as a reserve, Gilgeous-Alexander has developed into being Kentucky's most indispensable player. Can Texas Tech's elite defense stop Purdue's elite offense?

By now Carter's defensive reputation is well-known, but don't sleep on his offensive abilities either. Overall, Calipari-coached teams are 11-2 outright and ATS in the Sweet 16.

Champlin-native Kyle Washington saw his all-conference junior season come to a close when Cincinnati was ousted by Nevada in heart-wrenching fashion while seldom-used Loyola center, and Prior Lake High School graduate, Carson Shanks is alive and well - who would have thought that? Not because they can't play with the other teams, because they can, but...you play a Triple-A season in baseball. Oh, and defending national champion North Carolina is out, routed in its own state by Texas A&M.

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Although some will link West Virginia's success directly to the press, Bob Huggins' team can hang with the top seed in the East region even if the press doesn't work because of its experienced guards.

Caleb and Cody Martin.

The 6-foot-9 freshman certainly has his moments when instead of using his tools to make things happen offensively he settles, firing up tough shots.

Picking the Bulls to win a second game was based on Davidson beating Kentucky in a game Kentucky won by four.

Kansas State is going to face some difficulty dealing with Kentucky's length and pure talent, and it's also going to suffer from a lack of experience winning big games throughout the regular season. A big reason for that is the presence of Konate, who's done an exceptional job of protecting the rim. They never got the ball to the baseline and they weren't aggressive enough on their dribble.

While some inexperienced players can shrink from the spotlight in high-pressure situations, others rise to the occasion. He leads the Orange in scoring at 19.3 points per game.

I think I would have Kansas State higher on this list if there was any kind of certainty about the status of Dean Wade.

Self said the plan was to rest him Sunday and Monday, practice today through Thursday, and be ready to go against a fifth-seeded Clemson team that ran roughshod over No. 4 seed Auburn.

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