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HRR's 2002 Men's NCAA Tournament Picks

By: Kris Gardner who talks hoops on Houston radio stations.

East winners | South winners | Midwest winners | West winners

Region WinnersChampion

Note: Teams in red are the picks I got wrong.

Updated at 3:55 pm CST on March 24.

Opening Round: Alcorn State.

EAST REGIONAL

First Round

Thursday, March 14

At Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis

Kentucky 83 vs.Valparaiso 68.  Marquette 69 vs. Tulsa 71.

Friday, March 15

At The MCI Center, Washington

North Carolina State 69 vs. Michigan State 58.   Connecticut 78 vs. Hampton 67.

Wisconsin 80 vs. St. John's 70.   Maryland 85 vs. Siena 70.

At The United Center, Chicago

Texas Tech 68 vs. Southern Illinois 76.   Georgia 85 vs. Murray State 68.

First Round Winners:  Maryland, St. John's, Marquette, Valparaiso, Texas Tech, Georgia, North Carolina State, and Connecticut.

Second Round Winners:  Maryland, Marquette, Georgia, and Connecticut.

Regional Semifinal Winners:  Maryland and Connecticut.

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SOUTH REGIONAL

First Round

Thursday, March 14 At The BI-LO Center, Greenville, S.C.

Oklahoma State 61 vs. Kent State 69.   Alabama 86 vs. Florida Atlantic 78.

Notre Dame 82 vs. Charlotte 63.   Duke 84 vs. Winthrop 37.

At ARCO Arena, Sacramento, Calif.

Southern California 89 vs. North Carolina-Wilmington 93 (OT).

Indiana 75 vs. Utah 56.

Friday, March 15

At Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh 71 vs. Central Connecticut State 54.   California 82 vs. Pennsylvania 75.

First Round Winners:  Duke, Notre Dame, Indiana, Southern Cal, California, Pittsburgh, Kent State, and Alabama.

Second Round Winners:  Duke, Southern Cal, California, and Kent State.

Regional Semifinal Winners:  Duke and California.

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MIDWEST REGIONAL

First Round

Thursday, March 14

At Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis

Kansas 70 vs. Holy Cross 59.   Stanford 84 vs. Western Kentucky 68.

At ARCO Arena, Sacramento, Calif.

Wake Forest 83 vs. Pepperdine 74.   Oregon 81 vs. Montana 62.

Friday, March 15

At The United Center, Chicago

Florida 82 vs. Creighton 83 in 2OT.   Illinois 93 vs. San Diego State 64.

At American Airlines Center, Dallas

Mississippi State 70 vs. McNeese State 58.   Texas 70 vs. Boston College 57.

First Round Winners:  Kansas, Western Kentucky, Florida, Illinois, Boston College, Mississippi State, Pepperdine, and Oregon.

Second Round Winners:  Kansas, Illinois, Mississippi State, and Oregon.

Regional Semifinal Winners:  Illinois and Oregon.

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WEST REGIONAL

First Round

Thursday, March 14

At The Pit, Albuquerque, N.M.

Miami (Fla.) 80 vs. Missouri 93. Ohio State 69 vs. Davidson 64.

Gonzaga 66 vs. Wyoming 73.   Arizona 86 vs. UC Santa Barbara 81.

Friday, March 15

At Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh

Cincinnati 90 vs. Boston University 52.   UCLA 80 vs. Mississippi 58

At American Airlines Center, Dallas

Oklahoma 71 vs. Illinois-Chicago 63.   Xavier 70 vs. Hawaii 58.

First Round Winners:  Cincinnati, UCLA, Miami (Fla.), Ohio State, Gonzaga, Arizona, Hawai`i, and Oklahoma.

Second Round Winners:  UCLA, Ohio State, Gonzaga, and Oklahoma.

Regional Semifinal Winners:  UCLA and Gonzaga.

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Regional Winners:

East:  Maryland | Midwest:  Oregon | South:  Duke | West:  Gonzaga

THE FINAL FOUR At The Georgia Dome, Atlanta

National Semifinals, Saturday, March 30, Maryland vs. Oregon | Duke vs.Gonzaga

National Championship, Monday, April 1

Final Four Semifinal Winners:  Maryland and Duke

National Champion:  Duke.

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