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Our Complete And Totally Accurate 2017 NCAA Tournament Bracket Picks

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Now that the field is set for the 2017 NCAA Tournament, let’s get to the official DIME bracket picks. We guarantee they wi… sorry, our legal team won’t let us guarantee this, because we are almost definitely going to get something wrong. But still, we promise these are our very best guesses as to what will happen during March Madness.

Let’s dive in. All winners are in bold.

FIRST ROUND

EAST REGION

No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 16 Mount St. Mary’s/New Orleans

No. 8 Wisconsin vs. No. 9 Virginia Tech

No. 5 Virginia vs. No. 12 UNC Wilmington

No. 4 Florida vs. No. 13 East Tennessee State

No. 6 SMU vs. No. 11 USC/Providence

No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 14 New Mexico State

No. 7 South Carolina vs. No. 10 Marquette

No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 Troy

Notes: Marquette is really good at offense and struggles on defense. South Carolina really struggles on offense and is really good on defense. This matchup will be decided by which team is able to do their really good thing a little better than the other team does its really good thing. I’ll take the Golden Eagles’ offense, and therefore, I’ll take Marquette. In the 5/12 game, Tony Bennett and Kevin Keatts will give us a really good coaching matchup, one that Keatts will win, because I just don’t trust Virginia’s offense enough.

MIDWEST REGION

No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 NC Central/UC Davis

No. 8 Miami vs. No. 9 Michigan State

No. 5 Iowa State vs. No 12 Nevada

No. 4 Purdue vs. No. 13 Vermont

No. 6 Creighton vs. No. 11 Rhode Island

No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 14 Iona

No. 7 Michigan vs. No. 10 Oklahoma State

No. 2 Louisville vs. No. 15 Jacksonville State

Notes: Michigan State is going through solely because the Spartans are super talented and they can absolutely blow a good team like Miami out if they put it all together (pay attention to Miles Bridges, who is going to dunk on someone so viciously during this game that you’re going to jump out of your chair). This probably won’t be a blowout, but a somewhat comfortable win wouldn’t be a shock. As for the 6/11 matchup, Rhode Island is peaking at the right time, and given its top-25 talent (the Rams were a top-25 team in the preseason) and the fact that Creighton is still without senior guard Maurice Watson, they’re going to be a sexy pick to make a little bit of a run.

WEST REGION

No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 16 South Dakota State

No. 8 Northwestern vs. No. 9 Vanderbilt

No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 12 Princeton

No. 4 West Virginia vs. No. 13 Bucknell

No. 6 Maryland vs. No. 11 Xavier

No. 3 Florida State vs. No. 14 Florida Gulf Coast

No. 7 St. Mary’s vs. No. 10 VCU

No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 15 North Dakota

Notes: Total chalk. Do not be surprised if one of Princeton or Bucknell upend Notre Dame or West Virginia, and after their magical run a few years back, I am never going to count out Florida Gulf Coast (mostly because their 2013 Sweet 16 run ruled). If I had to pick, I’d take the Tigers to beat the Fighting Irish, but I ultimately think that Bonzie Colson is good enough to beat Princeton.

SOUTH REGION

No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 16 Texas Southern

No. 8 Arkansas vs. No. 9 Seton Hall

No. 5 Minnesota vs. No. 12 Middle Tennessee State

No. 4 Butler vs. No. 13 Winthrop

No. 6 Cincinnati vs. No. 11 Kansas State/Wake Forest

No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 14 Kent State

No. 7 Dayton vs.No. 10 Wichita State

No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 15 Northern Kentucky

Notes: You may remember Middle Tennessee State as the team that destroyed your bracket last year. In 2017, Giddy Potts and Co. are back to beat Minnesota, which will be without senior guard Akeem Springs due to an injury. The Gophers can still win, I am just riding with Giddy. In other upsets, Seton Hall and Wichita State winning wouldn’t be huge surprises, while you’re all about to learn about Wake Forest’s John Collins, who is fantastic and would be a Player of the Year candidate if he went to a bigger school. If Kansas State wins the First Four matchup with the Demon Deacons, the Bearcats will advance. But let’s give Collins the love he deserves.

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