NCAA Tournament 2013: Round of 64 Picks for Friday’s Games

By Chad Horner Yesterday, I posted my picks for the tournament games that will be played tomorrow; I’m back with my picks for Friday’s games. Once again, I encourage you to join our Tournament Challenge group and compete against our writers and readers! On to the picks.  As with yesterday, games appear in the order that they will be played. (2) Duke Blue Devils over (15) Albany … Continue reading NCAA Tournament 2013: Round of 64 Picks for Friday’s Games

NCAA Tournament 2013: Round of 64 Upset Picks

By Chad Horner

It’s official, the bracket has been revealed, and now it’s time to start looking for those 1st round upsets!  Here we’ve laid out some of the first round matchups that look particularly enticing as an upset pick.

Before we get to the picks, Princeton Sports Analytics invites you to challenge us in ESPN’s Tournament Challenge!  See how you do against those of us who will be writing about these games for the next few weeks.  Here is the link to the group; pick your best entry and join!

Now, on with the picks:

                    

(11) Belmont Bruins over (6) Arizona Wildcats
For the past two years, the Belmont Bruins have come into the tournament as a popular upset pick, and for the past two years, they’ve been soundly defeated.  But this is Belmont’s best chance yet.  Arizona boasts the country’s 274th-ranked 3-pt defense, and the Bruins are 33rd in the country in 3-pt shooting.  The Wildcats have only faced on team all year who is better than Belmont at shooting the 3: Florida.  Yes, they defeated Florida, but the Gators controlled the entire game – well, the first 39 minutes – and they were 10/18 from behind the 3-point line.  I like Belmont to knock off the Wildcats.

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