Predictions by Sports Editor Franco Salandra
Game Franco's Predictions Day Time Network I'll Watch
Murray St. 58 - Colorado St. 41
A No. 6 seed is a bit low for Murray St., which only lost one game all season. I give them the nod over the Rams. Thurs., March 15 12:15pm CBS
KSU 70 - Southern Miss. 64
Kansas State is a tournament-ready team, and they have the experience. They will take down Southern Miss. Thurs., March 15 12:40pm truTV
Louisville 69 - Davidson 62
Peyton Siva had an amazing Big East tournament, and he will lead the Cards to an easy first round win. Thurs., March 15 1:40pm TBS
Wisconsin 73 - Montana 49
This game has the potential to be an upset, but in the end, Wisconsin's defense will prevail. Thurs., March 15 2:10pm TNT
Marquette 88 - BYU 68
Doesn't really matter who Marquette plays, Buzz Williams has his team playing great. They will take care of business. Thurs., March 15 2:45pm CBS
Syracuse 72 - Asheville 65
'Cuse will have no issue with Asheville. Will be a 20+ point win. Thurs., March 15 3:10pm truTV
New Mexico 75 - Long Beach St. 68
The Lobos are rolling right now. They completely owned their conference. LBSU will give them a game, but New Mexico will win it. Thurs., March 15 4:10pm TBS
Vandy 79 - Harvard 70
Tommy Amaker had the Crimson playing amazing all season, but Vandy is coming off a big win over Kentucky in the SEC Championship. This team can do some serious damage. Thurs., March 15 4:40pm TNT
Kentucky 88 - W. Kentucky 61
The best team in the country will have a cake walk in Round 1. Thurs., March 15 6:50pm TBS
Wichita St. 59 - VCU 62
The experience of the Rams will prove to be the difference in this matchup. Shaka Smart may be in his last run with VCU with some big jobs opening up around the country. Thurs., March 15 7:15pm CBS
Gonzaga 77 - WVU 54
The 'Zags always seem to be the darlings of the tournament, but not this season. WVU's Kevin Jones is one of the top players in the country, and he will prove to be the difference. Thurs., March 15 7:20pm TNT
Baylor 68 - S. Dakota St. 60
Perry Jones III and crew will lead Baylor to an easy first-round win. Thurs., March 15 7:27pm truTV
Iowa St. 77 - UConn 64
The Huskies are coming off a very disappointing year, and the Cyclones have some impressive wins. But I am going with UConn. Coach Calhoun will have them ready to roll. Thurs., March 15 9:20pm TBS
Indiana 79 - New Mexico St. 66
Hoosiers are a tough squad. They will take care of the Aggies. Thurs., March 15 9:45pm CBS
Ohio St. 78 - Loyola 59
Lots of people are overlooking the Buckeyes this season. I see that as a problem. They are a very good team that will move on and cause damage. Thurs., March 15 9:50pm TNT
UNLV 64 - Colorado 68
This is kind of a toss up game. I'll take the Buffs of Colorado. Thurs., March 15 9:57pm truTV
Cincinnati 65 - Texas 59
Mick Cronin and the Bearcats overcame the early season brawl with Xavier to have themselves a very nice season. They wll take out the young Longhorns. Texas is still a year away. Friday, March 16 12:15pm CBS
SDSU 65 - NC State 79
Despite losing four starters from last year's spectacular team, the Aztecs still find themselves in the Big Dance. They will take down NC State. Friday, March 16 12:40pm truTV
Creighton 58 - Alabama 57
Creighton is just an "eh" team to me. I'm going to take the Tide. Friday, March 16 1:40pm TBS
Florida 71 - Virginia 45
The Gators are always a threat in the tournament. Every year they are a tough out. They will take down the Cavs. Friday, March 16 2:10pm TNT
Florida St. 66 - St. Bonnies 63
When no one was looking, the Seminoles defeated UNC and Duke... TWICE! These guys have a run in them. I have always been a fan of their coach Leonard Hamilton. Friday, March 16 2:45pm CBS
Georgetown 74 - Belmont 59
A lot of people are taking Belmont over the Hoyas. I just don't think they have enough juice, despite Georgetown's lackluster team. Hoyas will win. Friday, March 16 3:10pm truTV
The Heels get a play-in winner. They will also win by a whole lot of points. Friday, March 16 4:10pm TBS
Mizzou 84 - Norfolk St. 86
Missouri deserved a No. 1 seed, and they sure seemed peeved they didn't get one. It will certainly motivate them. Watch out for the Tigers. Friday, March 16 4:40pm TNT
Memphis 54 - St. Louis 61
I am going with Rick Majerus and St. Louis here. I like his experience in this matchup. The Billikins are playing great ball. Friday, March 16 6:50pm TBS
Duke 70 - Lehigh 75
As usual, the Dukies get cake in the first round. They will destroy Lehigh. Friday, March 16 7:15pm CBS
Michigan 60 - Ohio 65
The Wolverines are taking on a scrappy Ohio team, but they won't have enough to take down Michigan. Friday, March 16 7:20pm TNT
St. Mary's 69 - Purdue 72
I am on the fence with St. Mary's this season. I don't think I have picked enough 10s over 7s, so give me Purdue. Friday, March 16 7:27pm truTV
Michigan St. 89 - LIU 67
An interesting fact: There has never been a senior under Tom Izzo who didn't play in the Final Four. Yeah, that's amazing. Spartans win this big. Friday, March 16 9:20pm TBS
Notre Dame 63 - Xavier 67
I am not a fan of Xavier this season. Plus they just lost to St. Bonaventure. Give me the Irish. Friday, March 16 9:45pm CBS
This is the one play-in matchup where there could be an upset. Temple is a tough team, however. Coach Dunphy always has the Owls fighting hard. Friday, March 16 9:50pm TNT
Kansas 65 - Detroit 50
The Jayhawks will have an easy time with Detroit. Friday, March 16 9:57pm truTV
March 15-18, 2012
Rose Garden (Portland, Ore.)
The Pit (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Consol Energy Center (Pittsburgh)
KFC Yum! Center (Louisville, Ky.)
Nationwide Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
CenturyLink Center Omaha (Omaha, Neb.)
Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, Tenn.)
Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, N.C.)

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