NCAA Tournament Round of 32 Saturday evening quick picks.

Midwest Region

(9) Butler vs. (1) Virginia

Virginia is loaded, with Malcom Brogdon,  Anthony Gill and Perrantes.  Still, they shouldn’t be a one-seed, and Butler has a knack for advancing. Head says Virginia pulls through, but the heart sort of wants Butler to extend the madness. Head pick: Virginia 68-63 Heart: Butler 68-64

(11) Gonzaga (27-7) vs. (3) Utah (27-8)

This one should be fun. Jakob Poeltl vs. Damontas Sabonis and Kyle Wiltjer. I think Utah wins, but I’ll pick Gonzaga, due to the experience factor. Prediction: Gonzaga 74, Utah 70.

South Region

(9) Connecticut vs. (1) Kansas

Like Virginia/Butler, the lower seed has a knack for surprising in the tournament, while the top seed tends to shockingly bow out every year. But, Kansas is clearly better, and I see them winning by double figures. Prediction: Connecticut 67, Kansas 81.

East Region

(9) Providence (24-10) vs. (1) North Carolina (29-6)

Ben Bentil and Kris Dunn are legit pro prospects.  They struggled against USC on Thurday, but pulled out a last-second win.

If those two are on their a-game, Providence has a genuine shot of winning this one. But, I believe Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige, Kennedy Meeks and company will be too much to overcome, as North Carolina pulls away late. Prediction: Providence 76, UNC 87.


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