Early Thursday Games: Picks and Open Thread

It's finally Thursday! The tournament begins today, with our first tip at 11:20 a.m. between Xavier and Georgia. As we do annually, AW and I will be making picks for each game along the way. It's painful, and often embarrassing, but always fun.

For my part, I'm scrambling to get everything done before flying to Las Vegas tomorrow. There's no better place to be for the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

Thursday Early Picks
Match Up Line / Over PB AW Time/Result
#3 Xavier vs #14 Georgia Xavier (-6) / 128 Xavier 69  Georgia 62 Xavier 68  Georgia 64 XAV 73-61 (F)
#1 Kansas vs #16 Portland St Kansas (-23) / 141 Kansas 88  Portland St 61 Kansas 94  Portland St 60 KU 85-61 (F)
#5 Michigan St vs #12 Temple Michigan St (-6.5) / 132 Michigan St 74  Temple 65 Michigan State 60  Temple 55 MSU 72-61 (F)
#6 Marquette vs #11 Kentucky Marquette (-6) / 132 Marquette 71  Kentucky 66 Marquette 65  Kentucky 58 MU 74-66 (F)
#6 Purdue vs #11 Baylor Purdue (-2.5) / 142 Baylor 79  Purdue 77 Baylor 80  Purdue 75 PUR 90-79 (F)
#8 UNLV vs #9 Kent St Kent St (-1.5) / 126 UNLV 70  Kent St 64 Kent St 60  UNLV 58 UNLV 71-58 (F)
#4 Pittsburgh vs #13 Oral Roberts Pittsburgh (-9) / 130 Pittsburgh 65  Oral Roberts 58 Pittsburgh 65  Oral Roberts 57 PIT 82-63 (F)
#3 Stanford vs #14 Cornell Stanford (-16.5) / 137 Cornell 68  Stanford 67 Stanford 74  Cornell 56 STAN 77-53 (F)
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