NCAA Bracket Predictions 2015
Alright, the field is set and I gave out my Final Four picks yesterday so it is time to look at some potential early round upsets. These NCAA Bracket Predictions 2015 feature one selection from each region and they are based on seeding, not the line. That said, all of them with the exception one team qualify as betting underdogs according to Bovada’s latest college basketball odds release.
Midwest Region –
No. 11 Texas over No. 6 Butler (+2): Okay, this qualifies as an upset based on seed only as the Longhorns are presently favored at -2, but an 11 over a six counts in my book, at least when it comes to bracket predictions. And I am taking Texas, an up and down team, but one that faced a number of tough opponents, including Kentucky, Iowa, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Iowa State and Kansas. The Longhorns struggle to score the ball, but their defense should help them get past a Butler squad that wilted against some of the better teams it faced.
East Region –
No. 11 Dayton/Boise State over No. 6 Providence (N/A): Providence is another Big East team I’m not completely sold on. The Friars are over seeded at No. 6 and if Boise State or Dayton does not pull off the upset on Friday night — and they are both capable of doing so — I look for them to fall in the third round.
South Region –
No. 10 Davidson over No. 7 Iowa (-2.5): The Hawkeyes went on a nice little run late in the season, winning six of their last seven games, but they feasted on teams like Rutgers, Penn State, Northwestern and Nebraska. Yes, Iowa did score notable early season wins over Texas, North Carolina and Ohio State, but it is not out of Davidson’s league by any stretch of the imagination. The Wildcats got clobbered by VCU their last time out, but that loss snapped a 10 game winning streak. Davidson also scored wins over Dayton and VCU while playing Virginia tough in Charlottesville.
West Region –
No. 9 Oklahoma State over No. 8 Oregon (-1.5): I’ll admit, I had a hard time finding any underdog squad out West that I was really fond of, but there is value in a few teams, most notably No. 9 Oklahoma State. I know, hardly a shocker when a nine overcomes an eight, especially one that is barely a dog at all. No question the Ducks are the hotter of these two teams, but Oklahoma State has seen and beaten teams that are better than Oregon (i.e. Kansas and Baylor).