Friday, March 16, 2007

NCAA Men's Division 1: Round 1, Day 1 Games

By Robert H. Kelly

With day 1 complete of the 2007 NCAA Men's Basketball Championships, 16 games have been concluded and I finished with an 11-5 record. That is a 68.75 percent average.

Not as good as I had hoped, but some of the losses were upsets, at least as far as I am concerned. I will see if I can improve at percentage on day 2.

My correct winning prediction are as follows:

Maryland wins 82-70 over Davidson

Pittsburgh wins 79-58 over Wright State

UCLA wins 70-42 over Weber State

North Carolina wins 86-65 over Eastern Carolina

Vanderbilt wins 77-44 over George Washington

Washington State wins 70-54 over Oral Roberts

Boston College wins 84-75 over Texas Tech

Georgetown wins 80-55 over Belmont

Ohio State wins 78-57 over Central Connecticut

Louisville wins 78-58 over Stanford

Texas A&M wins 68-52 over Pennsylvania

My incorrect predictions are as follows:

Old Dominion loses to Butler 57-46 (Pete Campbell hitting three 3-pointers to spark a 17-0 run was the turning point. Old Dominion just couldn't make up the difference.)

Duke loses to Virginia Commonwealth University 79-77 (Eric Maynor hit a 15-foot jumper with 1.8 seconds left to give VCU the win.)

Gonzaga loses to Indiana 70-57 (I always pick Gonzaga as a sentimental favorite. Some day they will make it to the Final Four.)

Marquette loss to Michigan State 61-49 (I thought Marquette would pull the upset in the first round game.)

Brigham Young loss to Xavier 79-77 (BYU had not made it out of first round of the NCAA tournament since 1993. I felt 2007 was going to be their year. They came close, but no cigar.)

16 games down, 47 to go.

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