NCAA tournament Q&A with Patrick Stevens
11:52
syracuse.com: 
Patrick will be here shortly. You can start asking your questions now.
Tuesday March 18, 2014 11:52 syracuse.com
11:58
[Comment From SamSam: ] 
How do you feel about Nebraska against Baylor?
Tuesday March 18, 2014 11:58 Sam
11:59
Patrick Stevens: 
Sam ---

I like Nebraska, which has played really well over the last couple months. I get that the Huskers have some matchup issues, but Baylor isn't the most reliable team out there.
Tuesday March 18, 2014 11:59 Patrick Stevens
11:59
[Comment From PaulPaul: ] 
Which is the most likely 12 beating 5 scenario?
Tuesday March 18, 2014 11:59 Paul
11:59
Patrick Stevens: 
Paul ---

The Xavier/N.C. State winner over Saint Louis. All four of those 12s have a shot. Really like North Dakota State, too.
Tuesday March 18, 2014 11:59 Patrick Stevens
11:59
[Comment From CinderellaCinderella: ] 
Who are the most likely 5+ seeded teams to make the Final Four?
Tuesday March 18, 2014 11:59 Cinderella
12:00
Patrick Stevens: 
Cinderella ---

I'd say Oklahoma State, and Cincinnati if it somehow outfoxes Izzo in the round of 32. Bearcats-Virginia would be a first-to-45 wins.
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:00 Patrick Stevens
12:00
[Comment From Ned FlandersNed Flanders: ] 
Where do you see Syracuse going out?
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:00 Ned Flanders
12:01
Patrick Stevens: 
Ned ---

Hi-de-li-ho. Round of 16 is my best guess, but Syracuse's shooting is bad enough of late that it could lose to anyone.
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:01 Patrick Stevens
12:01
[Comment From SpencerSpencer: ] 
Wisconsin to final four? And chances UNC beats ISU?
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:01 Spencer
12:02
Patrick Stevens: 
Spencer ---

I'm thinking a regional final for Wisconsin. And pretty much any result is within the realm of possibility for North Carolina. All depends on the day.
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:02 Patrick Stevens
12:02
[Comment From Butler 2014Butler 2014: ] 
What 10+ seeds are most likely to make the Sweet 16?
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:02 Butler 2014
12:03
Patrick Stevens: 
Butler 2014 ---

Maybe Stephen F. Austin if it can nab VCU. Tennessee is a possibility. So is North Dakota State.
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:03 Patrick Stevens
12:03
[Comment From joe s.joe s.: ] 
how far does syracuse and the shockers go?
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:03 joe s.
12:03
Patrick Stevens: 
Joe ---

Both to the round of 16, with Syracuse more vulnerable to get booted before then. Wichita got an unpleasant draw with Louisville.
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:03 Patrick Stevens
12:03
[Comment From KevinKevin: ] 
How far do you think Wisconsin will really go?
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:03 Kevin
12:04
Patrick Stevens: 
Kevin ---

Regional final for the Badgers sounds about right.
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:04 Patrick Stevens
12:04
[Comment From Giant KillerGiant Killer: ] 
Which 1 seed will lose first?
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:04 Giant Killer
12:04
Patrick Stevens: 
Giant ---

Wichita State in the round of 16. But the most vulnerable 1 on the opening weekend is Arizona, which might have to play Oklahoma State.
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:04 Patrick Stevens
12:04
[Comment From ChrisChris: ] 
Think Cuse beats Kansas?
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:04 Chris
12:05
Patrick Stevens: 
Chris ---

Nope. Certainly not if Syracuse keeps shooting the way it does.
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:05 Patrick Stevens
12:05
[Comment From JeranJeran: ] 
Michigan State or Virginia to the Elite Eight?
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:05 Jeran
12:05
Patrick Stevens: 
Jeran ---

Virginia. Seen Virginia in person five times this season. So cohesive, so defensively sound. Not likely to go out quietly.
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:05 Patrick Stevens
12:06
[Comment From LiamLiam: ] 
Why Iowa over Nova?
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:06 Liam
12:06
Patrick Stevens: 
Liam ---

I assume you mean Iowa State. Think the Cyclones are exceptionally well-rounded. Also a well-coached bunch. Think they can go a long ways.
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:06 Patrick Stevens
12:06
[Comment From SamSam: ] 
How far do you seeing Oklahoma going?
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:06 Sam
12:07
Patrick Stevens: 
Sam ---

Anywhere from a first-day exit to the round of 16. I'm sure the Sooners would like another crack at San Diego State after last year.
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:07 Patrick Stevens
12:07
[Comment From stevesteve: ] 
i like new mexico to beat kansas, how about it?
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:07 steve
12:08
Patrick Stevens: 
Steve ---

I'd like those chances more for a team with a better history (especially recent) in this event. Kansas minus Embiid is still a top-10 bunch. Think the Jayhawks win by 8-10.
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:08 Patrick Stevens
12:08
[Comment From Gordon GGordon G: ] 
Who is your final four or are you saving that for Buffet? Greed is not good....
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:08 Gordon G
12:08
Patrick Stevens: 
Gordon ---

Florida, Arizona, Iowa State, Louisville. Though I haven't entered a pool in a dozen years and don't plan to change that now.
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:08 Patrick Stevens
12:08
[Comment From WarrenWarren: ] 
Patrick, for the first time since 2005 I am legitimately concerned about Syracuse's 1st round matchup. Am I over-reacting? Or could W. Michigan really pull it off?
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:08 Warren
12:09
Patrick Stevens: 
Warren ---

Western Michigan completely could pull the upset. They get to the foul line, shoot efficiently inside of 3 and Syracuse has only four credible offensive options and is in a prolonged team-wide shooting slump. That should be a single-digit game.
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:09 Patrick Stevens
12:09
[Comment From BrianBrian: ] 
You say you see Wisconsin making it to the regional final and losing. Who do you see coming out of that region then?
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:09 Brian
12:09
Patrick Stevens: 
Brian ---

Arizona.
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:09 Patrick Stevens
12:10
[Comment From BrianBrian: ] 
I've got UConn making it to the Elite 8. Am I crazy?
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:10 Brian
12:10
Patrick Stevens: 
Brian ---

In Shabazz You Trust. If he plays at a really high level, UConn could make some noise. If he's just decent (or worse), the Huskies depart quickly.
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:10 Patrick Stevens
12:10
[Comment From LarryLarry: ] 
Tulsa vs. UCLA. What's the chance of an upset?
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:10 Larry
12:11
Patrick Stevens: 
Larry ---

Beware the Ides of March ... and Steve Alford after the Ides of March. He was 3-6 in NCAA games at Iowa and New Mexico, with two losses to 14s and one to an 11 as a 3 seed. I don't trust him at all, which means Tulsa is the best choice for a 13/4 upset.
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:11 Patrick Stevens
12:12
[Comment From rob murphyrob murphy: ] 
we beat w. mich by 19, why is everyone worried about syracuse's 1st rd matchup?
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:12 rob murphy
12:13
Patrick Stevens: 
Rob ---

And lost to Western 75-67 the second time around. Don't forget about that one, coach.

Syracuse's biggest problem is that it has shot poorly for a month. Not being able to score tends to be a problem against just about anyone that's remotely decent.
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:13 Patrick Stevens
12:13
[Comment From 1 year at a time1 year at a time: ] 
How 'bout this...are TE & JG more likely NOT to come back if SU makes it to the final 4, and more likely TO come back if they do not make it passed this weekend?
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:13 1 year at a time
12:13
Patrick Stevens: 
1 year --

No clue. You're far better off asking them.
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:13 Patrick Stevens
12:13
[Comment From JohnnyJohnny: ] 
Do you think Nebraska could make it to elite 8?
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:13 Johnny
12:14
Patrick Stevens: 
Johnny ---

I like the Huskers, but not quite that much.
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:14 Patrick Stevens
12:14
[Comment From MeeladMeelad: ] 
VCU hopes of getting to the sweet 16?
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:14 Meelad
12:15
Patrick Stevens: 
Meelad ---

Pretty solid, all things considered. Rams defend like crazy. Their halfcourt offense is a serious trouble spot, but if they hit outside shots they can beat just about anyone. But the perimeter prowess shows up only so often.
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:15 Patrick Stevens
12:15
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
so who who do you have in the final game and winning it all?
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:15 Guest
12:15
Patrick Stevens: 
Florida over Louisville. Game in the 60s.
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:15 Patrick Stevens
12:15
[Comment From ColeCole: ] 
Could Tulsa advance to the Sweet 16 or just make it past UCLA?
Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:15 Cole
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