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(3) GEORGETOWN vs. (14) Belmont _ The Bears are always a chic upset pick, but the Hoyas’ size keep that from being a good idea.

(10) PURDUE vs. (7) Saint Mary’s _ The Boilermakers and Robbie Hummel are a sentimental pick, but they will try and muscle the Gaels all over the court.

(2) KANSAS vs. (15) Detroit _ Usually facing the Horizon League champion scares the daylights out of teams, but the Titans just don’t match up to the Butler teams that reached the national championship game the last two years.


NORTH CAROLINA vs. Creighton _ The Tar Heels have a bunch of players who can match Doug McDermott’s scoring prowess.

TEMPLE vs. Michigan _ There will be a ton of good guards in this one, but Temple’s depth might be the difference.

GEORGETOWN vs. North Carolina State _ The Hoyas are one of the best passing teams in the country and one of the best passers is center Henry Sims. That makes them too tough a matchup for the Wolfpack.

KANSAS vs. Purdue _ The Jayhawks’ inside-outside combination of Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor are way too much for the Boilermakers to handle.


NORTH CAROLINA vs. Temple _ The Tar Heels will simply outscore the Owls.

GEORGETOWN vs. Kansas _ The Hoyas are an underrated defensive team. They will relish stopping a player like Thomas Robinson inside and will use a ton of fouls doing it.


NORTH CAROLINA vs. Georgetown _ These schools met in this round in 2007. The Tar Heels win this time.


MICHIGAN STATE vs. Wichita State _ The Spartans don’t mind playing good big men, and they love the opportunity to make teams match up with them. The Shockers’ run ends here.

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