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OSU, Kansas are the picks

March 17, 2011

    Entries for the annual NCAA March Challenge will not be accepted after 1 p.m. today, it was announced by the Daily Democrat sports department.
    Well over 100 entries are expected for the contest.
    Daily Democrat sports writers Jim Hopkins and Joe Spaulding have made their picks for the upcoming tourney.
    Hopkins is picking Kansas, while Spaulding likes Ohio State, the overall No. 1 seed in the tourney.
    HOPKINS: (lst round) Ohio St., Geo. Mason, Clemson, Kentucky, Marquette, Syracuse, N. Carolina; Duke, Michigan, Arizona, Texas, Missouri, UConn, Temple, San Diego St.; Kansas, UNLV, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Georgetown, Purdue, Texas A&M, Notre Dame; Pitt, Butler, Kansas St., Wisconsin, St. John's, BYU, Mich. State, and Florida.
    SECOND ROUND: OSU, Kentucky, Syracuse, N. Carolina, Duke, Arizona, UConn, San Diego St.; Kansas, Louisville, Purdue, Notre Dame; Pitt, Wisconsin, St. John's, Florida.
    FINAL EIGHT: OSU, N. Carolina, Duke, UConn, Kansas, Purdue, Pitt, Florida; FINAL FOUR: No. Carolina, Duke, Kansas, Pitt. FINAL: Kansas over Duke, 77-74.
    SPAULDING: (lst Round) Ohio State, Villanova, W. Virginia, Kentucky, Xavier, Syracuse, Washington, N. Carolina, Duke, Tennessee, Arizona, Oakland, Cincinnati, UConn, Penn State, San Diego St., Kansas, UNLV, Louisville, Georgetown,, Purdue, Texas A&M, Pitt, Butler, Kansas St., Belmont, St. John's, BYU, UCLA, Florida.
    SECOND ROUND: OSU, W. Virginia, Syracuse, N. Carolina, Duke, Arizona, UConn, Penn St., Kansas, Louisville, Purdue, Notre Dame, Pitt, Belmont, St. John's, UCLA.
    FINAL EIGHT: OSU,  N. Carolina, Duke, UConn, Kansas, Notre Dame, Pitt, UCLA; FINAL FOUR: OSU, Duke, Kansas, Pitt; FINALS: OSU 78, Pitt 70

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