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2017 NCAA Tournament bracket: Expert picks for Friday's first-round games

March 17,2017 03:13

The second day of the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament is Friday and there are plenty of good games on tap. Here's a prediction and some analysis on each one of the games. Want more? Then just head on over to the updating live bracket or our ...

 

 

 

 


Download the CBS Sports App today and get instant tournament news and alerts, plus play Brackets! The second day of the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament is Friday and there are plenty of good games on tap.Here’s a prediction and some analysis on each one of the games.Want more? Then just head on over to the updating live bracket or our LIVE updating scoreboard.  12:15 p.m. (CBS) Straight-up pick: MichiganATS pick: MichiganThe Wolverines are among the nation’s hottest teams. Let’s ride them till they let us down. 12:40 p.m. (truTV)
Straight-up pick: BaylorATS pick: New Mexico StateI can’t see Baylor losing this game. But I can definitely see New Mexico State keeping it interesting and staying within 12 points. 1:30 p.m. (TNT) Straight-up pick: Seton HallATS pick: Seton HallThe Pirates were on a five-game winning streak before they lost 55-53 to Villanova in the Big East Tournament semifinals. So they have been playing well and should advance in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004. 2 p.m. (TBS) Straight-up pick: OregonATS pick: OregonThe loss of Chris Boucher might cost the Ducks deeper in this bracket. But it won’t keep them from rolling Iona. 2:45 p.m. (CBS) Straight-up pick: LouisvilleATS pick: Jacksonville StateYes, Louisville can beat Jacksonville State by 20. But I’ll take the points and just hope Rick Pitino takes it easy. 3:10 p.m. (truTV)
Straight-up pick: SMUATS pick: SMUThe Trojans beat the Mustangs back in November. But SMU should even the season series while advancing to the Round of 32 for the first time since 1988. 4 p.m. (TNT) Straight-up pick: UNCATS pick: UNCLouisville and Cincinnati both beat Texas Southern by 30-plus points this season. There’s no reason North Carolina can’t follow their leads.4:30 p.m. (TBS) Straight-up pick: Rhode IslandATS pick: Rhode IslandI have the Rams going to the Sweet 16. And they can’t do that without first beating Greg McDermott’s Bluejays -- who just aren’t the same without Mo Watson. 6:50 p.m. (TNT) Straight-up pick: KansasATS pick: KansasCongrats to UC Davis on getting its first NCAA Tournament win in history via that victory vs. NC Central. Now it’s time to go home, though, 7:10 p.m. (CBS)
Straight-up pick: Wichita StateATS pick: DaytonThe selection committee under-seeded Wichita State and screwed Dayton in the process. I see Wichita State winning a close game that Dayton covers. 7:20 p.m. (TBS) Straight-up pick: DukeATS pick: DukeUT Arlington beat Troy by 15 a few weeks ago. A Duke team that’s playing well right now should be able to get the Trojans by more than 20 in this 2-15 matchup. 7:27 p.m. (truTV) Straight-up pick: CincinnatiATS pick: CincinnatiA First Four team has advanced to the Round of 32 each year the First Four has existed. I’m betting Kansas State isn’t the school that extends that streak this season. 9:20 p.m. (TNT) Straight-up pick: MiamiATS pick: MiamiIt’s amazing that Tom Izzo got the Spartans to the NCAA Tournament given their less-than-ideal combination of injuries and inexperience. But I just don’t see Michigan State winning a game. 9:40 p.m. (CBS)
Straight-up pick: KentuckyATS pick: KentuckyThe Wildcats tend to physically overwhelm teams like Northern Kentucky. So I’m much more comfortable laying 20 points than taking 20 points in this game. 9:57 p.m. (truTV) Straight-up pick: MarquetteATS pick: MarquetteSouth Carolina is 3-6 in its past nine games with two losses to Alabama and one to Ole Miss. Simply put, I believe the wrong team is favored in this game. 9:57 p.m. (truTV) Straight-up pick: UCLAATS pick: UCLACentral Michigan scored 106 points on Kent State earlier this month. So what do you think UCLA is going to do to the Golden Flashes?

 

 

 

 

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