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NCAA Predictions Day 4: UNC, Kansas, Florida State, Xavier

Now that I've had a few days to warm up, we're gettin' hot here on day 4.


UNC (-8.5) vs. Creighton

Creighton plays no defense. Carolina has the best offense in the country. Carolina's talent level is as high as anyone in the country's, and their players know how to work the mis-matches. This will be as bad as the line Marquette got against UNC during last year's tournament if John Henson plays. Doug McDermott can not score on him.

Florida State (-2) vs. Cincinnati

Both strong defensive teams. Problem is, Florida State can also play a little offense. With Yancy Gates providing Cincy's sole source of consistent offense (and only over the last month and a half), they'll have trouble getting baskets against Florida State's athletic front line.

Kansas (-8) vs. Purdue

Purdue is my roommates' alma mater, and I have a soft spot for Bob Hummel, but this is a terrible matchup for the Boilers. KU has an advantage at every position and their bigs will have a field day against a very small Purdue team.

Small Risk

Xavier (-3.5) vs. Lehigh

Xavier has the better athletes on the perimeter, so this is no Duke. The run comes to an end as McCollum shoots even worse than his over-hyped 9-22 performance against Duke. The shots will be tougher, and Lehigh won't have an answer for Tu Holloway.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.