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March 19, 2014

Express-Star Sports' bracket predictions

GRADY COUNTY —

It seems in an age where information about the 68 teams competing in this year's NCAA basketball tournament couldn't be any easier to obtain, the process of dissecting it and choosing a winner couldn't be any more difficult.

Perhaps it is this influx of information that causes some of the best minds in the game and top odds makers to over think their predictions. LVH Superbook, the Vegas-based odds makers, gives at least a three percent chance no fewer than eight teams in the South Region alone to win the tournament.

Despite this, we all press on with our fortune-telling abilities.

The Locals:

Oklahoma State- Third Round loss to Arizona

The Cowboys will come up against a Gonzaga team they haven't beat in five attempts, but the sixth will be lucky. This is not the same Bulldogs team that beat them last year, and I think OSU will be a team out to prove something in this tournament after a somewhat disappointing regular season.

But there's only so much you can prove against a top seed. That regular season landed the Cowboys an unfortunate ninth seed, which means a loss to tournament favorites is in the cards when March 23 rolls around.

Oklahoma- Sweet 16 loss to Arizona

This is where Lon Kruger's work will be judged the most. The Sooners' head coach has been to the big dance 15 times previous to his appointment in Norman, and that experience will show in the opening rounds.

OU will have an easy time dispatching of North Dakota State, and I think a surprisingly comfortable win over fourth seed San Diego State, whose strength of schedule brings their ranking into question. And while they may be enemies on any other sports outing, here the Sooners and Cowboys will find a common enemy: top-seed Arizona.

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