March Madness 2018: First Weekend Predictions for the South Region


I am no expert, but I am Joneszee, so that has to count for something. Below is my First Weekend Predictions for the South Region.

(Note, I am doing something different this year and have comprised a formula that has helped me with the picks (for the First Round). Those factors include RPI, BPI, KenPom, offensive efficiency, PPG, RPG, APG, SPG, BPG, TOPG, FG%, FT%, 3-PT%, conference RPI, wins, BPI projection, players in double figures, defensive efficiency, gut feeling, seeding, and Elite 8 projection)

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First Round-

16 UMBC vs. 1 Virginia (9:20 TNT, Friday)

  • Pick: Virginia

9 Kansas State vs. 8 Creighton (6:50 TNT, Friday)

  • Pick: Creighton

12 Davidson vs. 5 Kentucky (7:10 CBS, Thursday)

  • Pick: Davidson

13 Buffalo vs. 4 Arizona (9:40 CBS, Thursday)

  • Pick: Arizona

11 Loyola-Chicago vs. 6 Miami (FL) (3:10 TRUTV, Thursday)

  • Pick: Loyola-Chicago

14 Wright State vs. 3 Tennessee (12:40 TRUTV, Thursday)

  • Pick: Tennessee

10 Texas vs. 7 Nevada (4:30 TBS, Friday)

  • Pick: Nevada

15 Georgia State vs. 2 Cincinnati (2:00 TBS, Friday)

  • Pick: Cincinnati

Round of 32-

8 Creighton vs. 1 Virginia

  • Pick: Virginia

12 Davidson vs. 4 Arizona

  • Pick: Arizona

11 Loyola-Chicago vs. 3 Tennessee

  • Pick: Tennessee

7 Nevada vs. 2 Cincinnati

  • Pick: Cincinnati

That’ll do it for the First Round and Round of 32 picks for the South Region of the NCAA Tournament. What did you think of the predictions? Who do you have going to the Sweet 16? Be sure to tell us about it in the comment section below. Also, be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter: @PowerRank_More, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and follow us on our Instagram page for all of the latest information from Power Rankings and More.

Published on 3/14/18 at 10:51 AM EST. Photo credit: Cincinnati Basketball
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Matthew "Joneszee" Jones http://www.powerrankingsandmore.com

Core Group leader at Ball State Chi Alpha. I currently do PRAM on the side for fun.

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