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NCAA Tournament: First Four Picks

16. Hampton Pirates vs. 16. Manhattan Jaspers

Hampton has one of the all-time great upsets in NCAA Tournament history but that was a long, long time ago. This Hampton team just doesn’t have the offense to beat a tough Manhattan Jaspers squad.

Pick: Manhattan Jaspers

11. BYU Cougars vs. Ole Miss Rebels

Both of these teams were probably under-seeded in this tournament, or at least proved to be better than First Four teams, but they’re in the game and it should be a pretty good one. Ole Miss can rely on Stefan Moody (16.6 ppg) and like to run up and down the court but the Cougars are one of the best offensive teams in the country, led by Tyler Haws (21.9 ppg) and a dominant backcourt.

Pick: BYU Cougars

16. Robert Morris Colonials vs. 16. North Florida Ospreys

North Florida isn’t your typical team to make their first-ever tournament. They are loaded with talent on the offensive end with a very good seven-man rotation. And on their resume, a win at Purdue. Now Robert Morris has a three-headed monster on offense and disrupt teams with their defense. But it’s hard to argue against a team with a major win like North Florida has in a game like this.

Pick: North Florida Ospreys

11. Dayton Flyers vs. 11. Boise State Broncos

Dayton got a raw deal in this tournament with the seeding. They were listed as the last at-large team in the field when they should have been safely in. But at least they get a home game out of it. They’ll go up against a very good shooting team in Boise State but Archie Miller won’t be out in the First Four one year after going to the elite eight. Jordan Sibert (16.6 ppg) will make sure of that.

Pick: Dayton Flyers.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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