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NCAAs: Staff predictions for match play

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. — The match-ups were announced late last night and Kent State joined the top eight this morning, but who really has a shot at coming through the match-play bracket at the NCAA Championships this weekend at Riviera Country Club.

Our four experts – who have been providing extensive coverage of the NCAAs all week long – take a stab at breaking down the brackets and making their predictions. Maybe it is the Hollywood air, but a pair of them are predicting some home cookin’:

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Ron Balicki’s predictions

QUARTERFINALS: Alabama over Kent State; California over San Diego State; UCLA over Oregon; Texas over Washington.

SEMIFINALS: Alabama over California; Texas over UCLA

FINALS: Alabama over Texas

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Lance Ringler’s predictions

QUARTERFINALS: Alabama over Kent State; San Diego State over California; UCLA over Oregon; Washington over Texas.

SEMIFINALS: San Diego State over Alabama; Washington over UCLA

CHAMPIONSHIP: Washington over San Diego State

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Sean Martin’s predictions

QUARTERFINALS: Alabama over Kent State; San Diego State over California; UCLA over Oregon; Washington over Texas

SEMIFINALS: Alabama over San Diego State; UCLA over Washington

CHAMPIONSHIP: UCLA over Alabama

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Ryan Lavner’s predictions

QUARTERFINALS: Alabama over Kent State; Cal over San Diego State; UCLA over Oregon, Washington over Texas.

SEMIFINALS: Alabama over Cal; UCLA over Washington

CHAMPIONSHIP: UCLA over Alabama

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