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2012 NCAA Tournament Picks: Who will win the NCAA Tournament?

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Want to know who is going to win the 2012 NCAA Championship Tournament? Then look no further college basketball bettors! No, I’m not giving away the outright winner … just the five teams that I think have the best chances of reaching – and winning this year’s national championship.

North Carolina (29-5)
Love them or loathe them, the North Carolina Tar Heels are loaded with talent – even if they don’t always show it. Carolina ranked first in the nation in scoring and offensive rebounding while finishing 24th in the nation in field goal defense. Of course, the team’s trio of talented big men, Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller and John Henson can often disappear at the worst possible time.

Kentucky (32-2)
The Wildcats have three first round draft picks on its roster in consensus No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis, versatile forwards Terrence Jones and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and a future one in lightning-quick point guard Marquis Teague. Not only that, but the Wildcats also have the nation’s best field gal defense (36.8 percent).

Florida State (24-9)
The Seminoles have two first round NBA draft picks on the roster in 6-5 junior shooting guard Michael Snaer (14.5 ppg) and athletic 6-10 sophomore forward Bernard James (10.5 ppg) and pulled off the rare feat of beating North Carolina and Duke – two times apiece this season.

Missouri (30-4)
The Missouri Tigers turned every game this season into a track meet as they finished sixth in the nation in scoring (80.3 ppg) while nailing an incendiary 50.4 percent of its field goal attempts to finish third in the nation in shooting. When you think about the Tigers, just think back to Arkansas’ ’40 Minutes of Hell’ squad that won it all for head coach Nolan Richardson back in 1994, using its up-tempo brand of pressure basketball to routinely overwhelm its opponents.

Baylor (27-7)
Say what you, like about the Baylor Bears, but five of their seven losses this season came against Kansas and Missouri with another coming against Big 12 rival K-State. Having said that college hoops gamblers, there’s no doubting the fact that the Baylor Bears can play with any team in the country. The Bears finished 37th or better in nearly every meaningful offensive statistical category, including points per game and field goal shooting percentage.

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