BRACKET BLOG: Sweet Sixteen (NCAA Open Thread)

For the rest of this week, I'm a really big fan of the two North Carolina teams. They're the only thing that stands between us and a Jayhawk-filled Final Four.

I'll keep this short and sweet. Since there are no "local" games tonight (those involving Baylor and Kansas), I'm not really expecting much in the way of traffic on this thread.

But nonetheless, it's here for your use. I've also included game predictions from Ken Pomeroy and Jeff Sagarin, but there are no write-ups because I find myself beset with a dearth of actually caring about these games that much.

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Previous Entries:

The Teams

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The Sites

  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Boston, Mass.
  • Phoenix, Ariz.
  • St. Louis, Mo.

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East Region

UPSET ALERT: No. 1 Syracuse (33-2) vs. No. 4 Wisconsin (26-9)
March 22 | 6:15 p.m. CST | Boston | CBS
Verne Lundquist | Bill Raftery

How They Got Here:
No. 1 Syracuse 75, No. 8 Kansas State 59
No. 4 Wisconsin 60, No. 5 Vanderbilt 57

Pomeroy: Wisconsin 59, Syracuse 58
Sagarin: Syracuse 61, Wisconsin 60

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No. 2 Ohio State (29-7) vs. No. 6 Cincinnati (26-10)
March 22 | 8:45 p.m. CST | Boston | CBS
Verne Lundquist | Bill Raftery

How They Got Here:
No. 2 Ohio State 73, No. 7 Gonzaga 66
No. 6 Cincinnati 62, No. 3 Florida State 56

Pomeroy: OSU 70, Cincinnati 60
Sagarin: OSU 71, Cincinnati 63

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Midwest Region

No. 1 North Carolina (31-5) vs. No. 13 Ohio (29-7)
March 23 | 6:47 p.m. CST | St. Louis | TBS
Marv Albert | Steve Kerr

How They Got Here:
No. 1 North Carolina 87, No. 8 Creighton 73
No. 13 Ohio 62, No. 12 South Florida 56

Pomeroy: UNC 79, Ohio 68
Sagarin: UNC 78, Ohio 68

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No. 2 Kansas (29-6) vs. No. 11 North Carolina State (24-12)
March 23 | 9:17 p.m. CST | St. Louis | TBS
Marv Albert | Steve Kerr

How They Got Here:
No. 2 Kansas 63, No. 10 Purdue 60
No. 11 N.C. State 66, No. 3 Georgetown 63

Pomeroy: Kansas 76, NCSU 67
Sagarin: Kansas 78, NCSU 71

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South Region

No. 1 Kentucky (34-2) vs. No. 4 Indiana (27-8)
March 23 | 8:45 p.m. CST | Atlanta | CBS
Jim Nantz | Clark Kellogg

How They Got Here:
No. 1 Kentucky 87, No. 8 Iowa State 71
No. 4 Indiana 63, No. 12 VCU 61

Pomeroy: Kentucky 76, Indiana 70
Sagarin: Kentucky 75, Indiana 72

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No. 3 Baylor (29-7) vs. No. 10 Xavier (23-12)
March 23 | 6:15 p.m. CST | Atlanta | CBS
Jim Nantz | Clark Kellogg

How They Got Here:
No. 3 Baylor 80, No. 11 Colorado 63
No. 10 Xavier 70, No. 15 Lehigh 58

Pomeroy: Baylor 73, Xavier 67
Sagarin: Baylor 75, Xavier 69

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West Region

No. 1 Michigan State (29-7) vs. No. 4 Louisville (28-9)
March 22 | 6:47 p.m. CST | Phoenix | TBS
Kevin Harlan | Reggie Miller | Len Elmore

How They Got Here:
No. 1 Michigan State 65, No. 9 Saint Louis 61
No. 4 Louisville 59, No. 5 New Mexico 56

Pomeroy: MSU 65, Louisville 59
Sagarin: MSU 65, Louisville 61

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UPSET ALERT: No. 3 Marquette (27-7) vs. No. 7 Florida (25-10)
March 22 | 9:17 p.m. CST | Phoenix | TBS
Kevin Harlan | Reggie Miller | Len Elmore

How They Got Here:
No. 3 Marquette 62, No. 6 Murray State 53
No. 7 Florida 84, No. 15 Norfolk State 50

Pomeroy: Florida 76, Marquette 75
Sagarin: Florida 76, Marquette 75

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