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2013 NCAA tournament predictions: Experts have UNLV over Cal

Experts weigh in on their picks for Cal vs. UNLV.


Here are some predictions from around the web regarding UNLV's chances against Cal.

SB Nation has UNLV over Cal:

The ever-rare Round of 64 rematch from the regular season. Vegas has consistently disappointed in the tournament in recent years, but this is a good draw for them. Anthony Bennett and company dispose of the Bears for a second time.

ESPN's has UNLV on upset alert, and gives Cal a 22.3 percent chance of pulling off the upset:

This is yet another case where an underdog's lack of Killer traits drags the odds of an upset way down. Cal lacks a true center, and runs a three-guard offense where PG Justin Cobbs, who plays more than 35 minutes a game, either penetrates on his own or gets the ball to SG Allen Crabbe, who plays more than 36 minutes. On defense, they cement two big forwards near the basket. And that's about it. The Golden Bears are just average at defending the perimeter, and are one of the worst teams in the country at generating turnovers (16.6 percent of opponent possessions, ranking 321st in the NCAA) and shooting 3s (30.4 percent, ranking 309th). So if their big men wander outside, or Cobbs gets into foul trouble, or Crabbe has an off night (which, you never know, could include coach Mike Montgomery pushing him), they don't have ways of climbing back into games.

CBS has nine of their 12 writers going with UNLV

Sports Illustrated is split among their four writers who posted their brackets

AccuScore gives UNLV about a 60 to 70 percent chance to win, that is if you can decipher their color combination.