2012 March Madness Bracket Picks
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Thanks to this in-depth 2012 March Madness Bracket Picks breakdown and my accompanying picks to advance all the way to the NCAA Tournament Final – devoted Touthouse college hardwood gamblers will be able to zero in on just which teams present the best chances of striking pay dirt by actually winning it all.
Okay, let’s get started in the South Bracket where No. 1 seeded Kentucky should have plenty of motivation after losing to Vanderbilt 72-64 in the SEC title game this past Sunday.
Barring any unforeseen circumstances, college basketball bettors can expect the Wildcats to roll in their first two games, both of which will be in their back yard in Lexington. Yes, the Cats could meet UConn in the third round, but they should roll fairly easily over the defending national champs. I also like No. 4 Indiana to advance to the Sweet Sixteen and meet the Wildcats – where they will throw everything they can at John Calipari’s team before falling just short in a thriller.
In the bottom half of the bracket, I like No. 3 Baylor to advance all the way to the Sweet 16 opposite of No. 2 Duke. Now, while this matchup has all the makings of a tightly contested matchup between two ‘polar-opposite’ ballclubs, I like the underrated, up-tempo Baylor Bears to beat the Blue Devils and advance to the Elite Eight opposite of Kentucky.
While the Wildcats clearly have at least three first round draft picks on its roster including consensus No. 1 overall pick, Anthony Davis, something tells me the Bears are going to pull off a huge upset in this contest as they turn this matchup into a high-scoring track meet.
In the West bracket, I like Michigan State to advance to the Elite Eight by beating Long Island, Memphis and Louisville and I like them to face No. 2 Missouri, though I’ll be the first to admit that Mizzou will have its hands full with Marquette in the third round.
Missouri is one of the deepest teams in the country and can literally overwhelm their opponents with waves of speedy players that attack at both ends of the floor almost constantly.
Now, by my calculations, I have Missouri and Baylor meeting in one Final Four – and I am going to back the Tigers to advance all the way to the national championship title game.
No. let’s move on to the other side of the bracket and get started in what looks like a tightly contested East Region.
Top-seeded Syracuse will be without starting center Fab Melo and I think that fact will cause them to suffer an early round upset loss to Kansas State in the third round. Opposite the K-State Wildcats, I like the Vanderbilt Commodores to build on their impressive SEC title game win by beating both, Wisconsin and K-State to reach the Elite Eight.
I also like the red-hot Florida State Seminoles in the East bracket. The Seminoles could very well build on their ACC title game win over North Carolina by beating Cincinnati – and No. 2 Ohio State to reach the Elite Eight. The Seminoles are a lot better than most people know, so no matter how far they go in this year’s tourney, I won’t be very surprised.
In the Midwest bracket, North Carolina looks very safe through its first two games, but they’ll have their hands full in the third round with No. 5 Temple – a team that could very well pull off the huge upset and advance past the Tar Heels.
In the bottom half of the bracket, I like No. 3 Georgetown to advance out of the region by beating No. 6 San Diego State and No. 2 Kansas. Of course, I think it’s quite possible the Jayhawks will advance all the way out of the bracket, but I really like the Hoyas’ defensive mindset, so I’m sticking with John Thompson’s team here.
Now, as far as my Final Four picks are concerned, I have Florida State meeting the North Carolina Tar Heels – where they will beat their conference rivals for the third time this season and advance all the way to the NCAA Championship game.
Okay Touthouse NCAAB gamblers, that leaves us with just two teams – Missouri and Florida State – even if it’s not quite what you expected.
Both of these teams are deep and fast and come at you in waves that often remind me of the Showtime Lakers of Magic Johnson’s heyday. Both ballclubs also recorded solid ATS records this season with Florida State going 18-13 ATS and Missouri posting a bankroll-boosting 18-9-2 ATS mark.
Florida State (24-9) has won six straight games heading into the NCAA Tournament and used its swarming defense to limit its opponents to a paltry 38.1 percent field goal percentage to rank fifth in the nation.
The Seminoles also have two future NBA players on its roster in 6-5 junior shooting guard Michael Snaer (14.5 ppg) and athletic 6-10 sophomore forward Bernard James (10.5 ppg).
Missouri finished second to Kansas in the Big 12 but won the conference title by spanking Baylor 90-75 while cruising to its fifth straight win and eighth in its L/10 games. The high-scoring Tigers finished sixth in the nation in scoring (80.3 ppg) while nailing an incendiary 50.4 percent of its field goal attempts to finish third in the nation in shooting.
Sure, the Tigers don’t have a lot of size with just two players standing over 6-9, but what the Tigers do have is a bunch of speedy guards that can apparently shoot the lights out.
Missouri has five players that all average double figures in scoring, led by 6-3 senior combo guard Marcus Denmon and 6-6 senior sniper Kim English.
In the end, I’m going to go with the battle-tested Missouri Tigers, mostly because they’re a bit more experienced than the Seminoles, though I’ll be the first to admit that Florida State can literally beat any team in the nation after pulling off the rare feat of beating North Carolina and Duke – two times apiece this season.
2012 March Madness bracket picks are courtesy of Eric Williams, a professional sports handicapper featured on Touthouse.com