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Every Single Damn Thing You Need To Know About Monday's NCAA Tournament Games

We have a compete anarchy through 3 days of the NCAA Tournament. It's starting to get to the point that if we see chalk advance I'm surprised. We're going to get right to it today. If you're in Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania you better be downloading the Barstool Sportsbok. What I plan on doing on the blog each day is this preview. Everything you need to know. Schedule, storylines, picks, if you want something different let me know and I'll adjust. It's March. It's all about adjustments in order to survive and advance. Let's get into it. 

Schedule

3 best games today

Florida State/Colorado, USC/Kansas, Oregon/Iowa

Storylines + Game Previews

1. Jason Preston vs Marcus Zegarowski: The best 1-on-1 matchup of the day are the two guards. Remember, Marcus Zegarowski was preseason Big East POY who hasn't completely lived up to this year's expectations but is still so damn good. He's the reason Creighton beat UCSB. Now you get an Ohio team that used a 16-2 over Virginia and another NBA guard in Preston. Throw in the fact that Preston was relatively quiet against Virginia. He used his size to pass over the Packline instead of shooting. This game should be more free-flowing which fits Preston's style way better. 

2. USC is a favorite? As I write this USC is sitting as a 1 point favorite as the 6 seed. We've seen two six seeds be outright favorites over 3 seed before, didn't go too well. 

Now it's worth noting that Jalen Wilson is expected to be in uniform. We just have no idea what we're going to get from Kansas because of COVID pause. We also know that the Mobley brothers can play with McCormack and you got a top-5 NBA talent on USC's roster. Tends to work out. I just never thought there'd be a day that Andy Enfield is favored over Bill Self. 

3. That crazy bastard Bill Walton was .... right? - The Pac-12 keeps fucking winning! Now they have Colorado vs FSU, UCLA vs ACU and Iowa vs Oregon. All three winnable games. Colorado just a 1.5 point dog. Oregon's wings can really bother Iowa. But I want to talk about Abilene Christian and UCLA. Two double digit seeds, meaning we're getting another one in the Sweet 16. I actually really like the way UCLA matches up here. ACU beats you by mucking it up and forcing turnovers. UCLA is 40th in the country at taking care of the ball. That matters. Texas turned it over 23 times, lost by 1. UCLA, while not better than Texas, has an offensive setup that is designed to beat teams like Abilene Christian more. 

4. Gonzaga's gotta stay hot - Corey Kispert was on fire in the first round. Why does that matter? Oklahoma's defensive strategy and philosophy is to sag down into the post, force teams to beat them with shooting. Gonzaga will be just fine playing that game with Kispert, Suggs, Nembhard and Ayayi out there. Team shoots 37% from three. They just need to get Kispert going early and if they get hit those, Oklahoma will be forced to push the defense out of a bit. That's when Timme goes to work in the post and Suggs starts attacking off the bounce. That offense is so fucking awesome to watch. 

5. What LSU shows up - Yeah, I'm focused on LSU here. We know what to mostly expect out of Michigan, even without Isaiah Livers. But this LSU team can be all over the place. I'm shocked that they easily beat St. Bonaventure. Not even a talent thing or anything like that. They just simply don't get up for games where the opponent isn't a huge name. They get their chance now against Michigan. LSU needs to dictate tempo in this game. Michigan is actually a slower paced team, makes you work and plays through Dickinson. LSU runs, flies around and gets shots up with Trenton Watford and Cam Thomas. 

Picks

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Ohio +5.5

Oregon +5.5

UCLA -4.5

FSU -1.5

Gonzaga TT over 84.5