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
By Chad Horner
The Duke Blue Devils, the number one team in the land for the past month, were finally knocked off their perch Saturday afternoon by the North Carolina State Wolfpack team that was favored to win the ACC in the preseason.
In fact, if you had examined Duke’s schedule in the preseason and tried to find which game would be their toughest, it likely would have been this one. However, after plowing through five potentially elite teams – Louisville, Ohio State, Minnesota, Kentucky, and VCU – in a two week span earlier this season, while NC State was run off of the floor by Oklahoma State in a twenty point loss, their positions in the rankings flipped. Duke came into this game as a modest favorite, despite the absence of Ryan Kelly, who they lost to injury earlier this week, and the fact that this was their first true road game of the season. But there was one sign that the Pack was not an ideal matchup for the Blue Devils.
By Chad Horner
On Monday afternoon, the North Carolina State Wolfpack will face off against the Vanderbilt Commodores in the 15th edition of the Music City Bowl. On the surface, this may appear to be another superfluous, uninteresting bowl game, pitting a middling ACC team against a middling SEC team. However, there is at least one player that should compel you to watch this game: NC State quarterback Mike Glennon.