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March Madness Predictions

Published on March 17, 2011 by   ·   No Comments

The start of the NCAA tournament is moments away as I am writing this post. I am going to make predictions for each of the games of the first two rounds. I will be making these predictions before the starts of these games (although I have to hurry if I want to beat out the 12:15PM start of the first game of March Madness which is the winner of the First Four, Clemson, as a 12 seed against 5 seed West Virginia.

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I’m going to write up a prediction for this game quickly before it starts and follow it up with another post for the next 3 games to start in the early part of the tournament.

clemson-vs-wvu-round-1West Virginia finished 7th in the Big East and lost in their first conference tournament game against Marquette. The Mountaineers have beaten a host of good teams this year and are equipped to go deep into the tournament again. Last year, WVU lost to Duke in the Final Four.

Clemson came into the tournament with a lot of speculation for not beating a top 50 team all year long. They have played a lot of close games, but could not get a win. They are coming into the field of 64 after a blowout win against UAB in the First Four. The Tigers lost in the semi-finals of the ACC tournament in overtime to North Carolina.

In the past 10 NCAA tournaments, Clemson has gone 0-3 in tournament games; those 3 coming in the last three years. They lost as a 7 seed last year to Missouri and the year before that to 10 seed Michigan. In 2008, the 5 seed Tigers lost to 12 seed Villanova.

West Virginia has been to the NCAA tournament 6 of the past 7 years. They have won in the first round 4 out of 5 times and are 4-0 in 2nd round games. They lost as a 6 seed in 2009 to Dayton and went to the Sweet 16 in 2008, where they lost to Xavier.

Tipoff is about to start. I believe the West Virginia is going to be able to hold off Clemson and advance to the 2nd round by the score of 70-65.

Here are some more March Madness Predictions.

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