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Norway grad 'fairly certain' of NCAA final

March 22, 2013
By BURT ANGELI - Sports Writer , The Daily News

ScuttleBu(r)t ...

Norway High School grad Ed Weiland has little doubt who will be playing for the national championship.

"Going into the 2013 NCAA tournament, I find myself fairly certain of one thing and that is Louisville and Florida playing in the championship game," said Weiland, a college basketball authority at "I cannot remember ever feeling as confident in a tournament pick as I have in picking these two teams to meet in the 2013 championship."

Weiland, who made national news predicting an NBA career for Jeremy Lin, filled out his "Final Four" with Gonzaga and Indiana. Michigan State and Marquette are in Weiland's "elite eight."

"Michigan looks like they're a year away to me and that's assuming everyone comes back," Weiland said.

Weiland, uncle of Daily News staff writer Nikki Younk, gives the Gators a "slight edge" over the Cardinals for the crown.

For his complete tournament analysis, go to ...

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Tommy Izzo, assessing his Spartans for ESPN: "Good enough to beat anybody; unfortunately, average enough to lose to a lot of people, too."

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