NCAAs: Staff picks for Elite 8, medalist

USC's Jeffrey Kang

Men's Rankings »

1Cheng Tsung PanWashington  66.95 
2Ollie SchniederjansGA Tech  67.53 
3Lee McCoyGeorgia  68.19 
4Charlie DanielsonIllinois  68.33 
5Hunter StewartVanderbilt  68.42 

Men's Team Rankings »

1Illinois 68.91 
2Florida State 69.59 
3Oregon 69.67 
4UCLA 69.83 
5LSU 69.90 

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- We are only 24 hours away from the start of the 2012 NCAA Men's Championship at Riviera Country Club, where 30 teams will compete for the chance to advance to match play starting on Friday.

We've got four experts on the ground just outside of Los Angeles and they are providing plenty of preview coverage, but are also ready to go out on a limb with their picks for the Elite 8 that will move into match play and also pinpoint their favorite for the individual champion.

Ron Balicki has even moved beyond match play and gone ahead and predicted his overall winner.

Check out our staff predictions below, as well as how to stay in contact with us all week on social media.

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Staff Elite 8 Medalist

Alabama, Texas, California, UCLA, Stanford, Texas A&M, Washington, USC.

Patrick Rodgers, Stanford.


Alabama, USC, Texas, UCLA, Texas A&M, California, Stanford, Washington.

Blayne Barber, Auburn.


Texas, Alabama, UCLA, USC, California, Washington, San Diego State, Oregon

T.J. Vogel, Florida.


Texas, Alabama, Auburn, California, Washington, USC, UCLA, Oregon.

Jeffrey Kang, USC.

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