NCAA Tournament opening round picks
2:40 PM EST
Kansas -11.5 over Creighton (loss)
At the start of the season, it did not look like Kansas would be a great team, but Bill Self worked his magic. The Jayhawks are a unit that doesn’t have a deep bench. Creighton is a great team, but without Ryan Nembhard, it will be tough against a powerhouse today. Take Kansas.
5:15 PM EST
Michigan/Tennessee Under 136 (loss)
Tennessee is not a good offensive team, so anything is possible. Michigan is hanging in there, but this is not their best team. Both teams have excellent athletes, which will help both defenses today. Getting into next weekend is very important, so I think the scoring tightens up and is a lower-scoring game. Take the Under.
9:40 PM EST
Gonzaga -10 over Memphis (loss)
Memphis is fun to watch, but they are from a weak conference and do their best on their home floor. Turnover haunts this team, and I can’t imagine the Zags scoring off them today. Gonzaga has been a powerhouse with very few flaws. Mark Few is an excellent coach who should have his team ready to advance into next week. Take Gonzaga.