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NCAA Picks Straight From The Gut


Minyanville's highly-unscientific and completely subjective picks in the NCAA tournament.


Forget the Vegas oddsmakers, ignore the line at, disregard the stats. We have a system that can't lose: we pick teams for arbitrary, pointless reasons, then sit back and enjoy the games. Here are our long positions. Obviously, we're short everyone else. So, crack open a nice cold beer, fire up the plasma, and check back in with us next week to track our results.

We're Long...


  • North Carolina over Eastern Kentucky: They introduced the V-neck jersey.

  • Marquette over Michigan State: Minyanville's Charlie Mangano, Al McGuire, and Dwayne Wade…'nuff said.

  • USC over Arkansas: Look at the cheerleaders, for heaven's sake.

  • New Mexico State over Texas: More peyote in New Mexico than anywhere else.

  • George Washington over Vanderbilt: Because we're patriotic like that.

  • Oral Roberts over Washington State: God's on their side.

  • Texas Tech over Boston College: Throwing chairs wins games.

  • Georgetown over Belmont: Because Hoya makes incredible crystal wine glasses.


  • Ohio State over Central Connecticut State: If the state is good enough for CSN&Y to sing about, it's good enough for us!

  • BYU over Xavier: God's on their side, too.

  • Long Beach State over Tennessee: Home of Bigg Snoop Dizzle, my nizzle.

  • Virginia over Albany: Their ham is second to none.

  • Stanford over Louisville: Home of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Sergei Brin's alma mater.

  • Penn over Texas A&M: They graduated more CEO's than all the other teams, combined.

  • Creighton over Nevada: They're in Omaha. Gotta go with Buffett's hometown team.

  • Memphis over North Texas: Best ribs in the tourney.


  • Florida over Jackson State: Yannick Noah's kid's ponytail is stylish, yet sophisticated.

  • Purdue over Arizona: A few boilermakers make everyone play better.

  • Old Dominion over Butler: Again, God's on their side.

  • Maryland over Davidson: They're gonna give Davidson crabs.

  • Notre Dame over Winthrop: Don't mess with the Irish around St. Patrick's Day.

  • Oregon over Miami (Ohio): With a name like the Ducks, they've got to be good.

  • UNLV over Georgia Tech: They run, they're rebellious, and remember, Tark the Shark.

  • Wisconsin over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: Beer, cheese, and more brandy consumed than all 49 other states combined (true).


  • Kansas over Niagra: We loved "Dust in the Wind."

  • Kentucky over Villanova: Ashley Judd, most wins of all-time, seven championships, and…oh, Ashley Judd.

  • Illinois over Virginia Tech: Because Cheap Trick is from Rockford, IL.

  • Holy Cross over Duke: You guessed it: God likes 'em.

  • VCU over Duke: Looks like a ticker symbol.

  • Pittsburgh over Wright State: Who the hell is Wright State? They can't even spell wright.

  • Gonzaga over Indiana: That Speedy Gonzaga guy was great in the cartoons.

  • UCLA over Weber State: The Bruins and Boo are the only bears we root for.
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