Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Our best bets for the first round of March Madness

Our best bets for the first round of March Madness

It's happened every single year since the concept was introduced in 2011, when VCU went from the First Four to the Final Four.

The nun is Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, who writes up scouting reports for Loyola-Chicago, and certainly had a prayer answered Thursday when Donte Ingram heaved up a shot from the logo at midcourt that went in just before the buzzer to lift the 11th-seeded Ramblers to a 64-62 victory over Miami.

Of course, there are other questions beyond who will win. Since 2010, the Irish had made the NCAA Tournament seven times.

The Sooners and freshman sensation Trae Young struggled mightily in the latter half of the Big 12 campaign and must now try to regain their early-season form.

Plus, billionaire Warren Buffett is offering $1m for every year of life to any of his employees who can pick a ideal NCAA tournament bracket (i.e. all the winners) through the Sweet 16 (that's the Round of 16 equivalent, for you soccer/footy fans).

The Rams meet second-seeded Duke in Saturday's second round.

Senior guard Devonte Graham battle through a sluggish day to finish with 29 points, but on only 9 of 24 shooting.

As the NCAA Tournament begins this week, millions will spend the rest of the month glued to their seats in their favorite watering hole, watching the games on the big screen and lamenting the "bracket-busting" losses of teams they've never before cared about in their lives and, until the tournament began, most likely had never heard of before in their lives.

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Kansas trailed by double digits in the first 12 minutes, but closed the first half with a 22-5 flurry to lead 33-26 at the break.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski extended his record for NCAA Tournament victories to 92.

Montana vs MI 9:50 p.m.

His Final Four on the men's side also includes defending national champion North Carolina (who he correctly picked to win the 2017 tournament), Villanova and Virginia.

Gray's game-winning basket came after San Diego State's Devin Watson had nailed his second consecutive, game-tying three-pointer with 36 seconds remaining. The 14th-seeded Raiders, who won the Horizon League Tournament to earn an automatic bid, finished the season at 25-10. Buffalo is a 13 seed but has a 28.2 percent chance of beating Arizona. We could do better. In 1987 however, Oklahoma and Georgetown escaped East Tennessee State and Princeton by one point each.

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Radford vs Villanova 6:50 p.m. I'm not one who professes any kind of exceptional prognostication ability when it comes to filling out the tournament bracket. Missouri (46.3 percent) and K-State (37.3 percent) are not favored to win their first games. That means that, given those last three, our metro region fielded a quarter of the best academically performing schools in the tournament. Last year, the 16th-seeded SDSU team trailed eventual runner-up Gonzaga by just four at halftime (they would lose by 20, but hey, they gave it a good shot).

The great irony of that statement is that there have been plenty of times that Kansas (27-7) has hardly resembled a No. 1 seed.

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