March Madness 2018: First Weekend Predictions for the West Region

I am no expert, but I am Joneszee, so that has to count for something. Below is your First Weekend Predictions for the West Region.

(Note, I am doing something different this year and have comprised a formula that has helped me with the picks (for the First Round). Those factors include RPI, BPI, KenPom, offensive efficiency, PPG, RPG, APG, SPG, BPG, TOPG, FG%, FT%, 3-PT%, conference RPI, wins, BPI projection, players in double figures, defensive efficiency, gut feeling, seeding, and Elite 8 projection)

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First Four-

16 North Carolina Central vs. 16 Texas Southern (6:40 TRUTV, Wednesday)

Texas Southern is 15-19 on the year. That is absolutely horrible. However, they also had the toughest non-conference schedule in the country so that you can give them some leeway in that regard. North Carolina Central, on the other hand, has one of the worst RPI rankings imaginable for a tournament team at 282. And for someone who is big on RPI, this is a big deal.

  • Pick: Texas Southern

First Round-

16 Texas Southern vs. 1 Xavier (7:20 TBS, Friday)

Texas Southern is like that one guy that shows up to every gathering you have, but you don’t really want them there anyway.

  • Pick: Xavier

9 Florida State vs. 8 Missouri (9:50 TBS, Friday)

Although he seems to be healthy, I thought it was foolish of Michael Porter Jr. to come back this season. It just seems rushed.

  • Pick: Florida State

12 South Dakota State vs. 5 Ohio State (4:00 TNT, Thursday)

South Dakota State ran through the Summit Leauge this year, but Ohio State is going to be too much for the Jackrabbits to handle.

  • Pick: Ohio State

13 UNC Greensboro vs. 4 Gonzaga (1:30 TNT, Thursday)

East Tennessee State and UNC Greensboro were both looking like prime contenders out of the Southern Conference to make it past the First Round. That was my prediction a month ago, anyway.

  • Pick: Gonzaga

11 San Diego State vs. 6 Houston (7:20 TBS, Thursday)

This will be one of the most exciting games that the First Round has to offer. San Diego State stole a bid when they went on the win the Mountain West, and Houston has one of the underrated players in college basketball in Rob Gray. How hot will San Diego State be after their surprising run? Is this the start of something big for Houston? Either way, this will be a fun one, and I can see the winner of this game getting to the Sweet 16.

  • Pick: Houston

14 Montana vs. 3 Michigan (9:50 TBS, Thursday)

Not a chance.

  • Pick: Michigan

10 Providence vs. 7 Texas A&M (12:15 CBS, Friday)

Texas A&M is just like Arizona State to me. The Aggies and Sun Devils both started off strong, but I wasn’t ready to buy into them. I’m glad I didn’t too because once conference season started, they fell flatter than any pickup line I’ve used. Plus, did you see how well Providence performed in the Big East Tournament? Sure, they went to overtime three times, but the Friars are one tough team. Texas A&M will be a good matchup for them.

  • Pick: Providence

15 Lipscomb vs. 2 North Carolina (2:45 CBS, Friday)

Watch it happen. Be prepared for a monumental upset when Lipscomb takes down North Carolina. I’m going the safe route, but it can happen. If you need proof, since 2013, the Atlantic Sun automatic qualifier has won at least one game in the NCAA Tournament three of the five times. That’s pretty good for a conference that small.

  • Pick: North Carolina

Round of 32-

We’re just making some rapid-fire predictions here.

9 Florida State vs. 1 Xavier

  • Pick: Xavier

5 Ohio State vs. 4 Gonzaga

  • Pick: Gonzaga

6 Houston vs. 3 Michigan

  • Pick: Houston

10 Providence vs. 2 North Carolina

  • Pick: North Carolina

That’ll do it for the First Round and Round of 32 picks for the West Region of the NCAA Tournament. What did you think of the predictions? Who do you have going to the Sweet 16? Be sure to tell us about it in the comment section below. Also, be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter: @PowerRank_More, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and follow us on our Instagram page for all of the latest information from Power Rankings and More.

Published on 3/14/18 at 10:30 AM EST.
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Matthew "Joneszee" Jones

Core Group leader at Ball State Chi Alpha. I currently do PRAM on the side for fun.

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