Well, since I picked all 16 seeds through to Athens, I decided to live just a little dangerously once I got there.
I'll start off by noting that my picks assume no Herring or Ahn and might change if word trickles out that either of those 2 are expected to play.
Round of 16
(1) UCLA d. (16) Ole Miss 4-1.
I don't know that Ole Miss can beat UCLA, but I think this will be a "closer than you might have expected" 4-1, with the clinching match possibly going 3.
(9) California d. (8) Alabama 4-0.
I suppose Alabama has a fighting chance in doubles, but they're outmatched up and down the line in singles. The seeding here is comical - the real toss-up is the Tide's 2nd Round match against Georgia Tech. If that match were played in Athens, I would've gone with GT, but at home, I think Bama does at least get through to NCAAs.
(5) USC d. (12) Baylor 4-1.
USC and Baylor have similar strengths and weaknesses IMHO, USC has just been a little stronger and healthier all season. I'd give Baylor a fighting shot if they were stronger in doubles, but alas, they're not.
(4) Stanford d. (13) Northwestern 4-1.
Guess which point Stanford loses? Otherwise, a match that would be an easy 4-0 Stanford win in any other year.
(3) Duke d. (14) Virginia 4-0.
Virginia has a chance to take doubles and make this interesting, but I see Duke taking that point and riding the momentum to a quicker-than-expected win.
(11) Texas d. (6) Georgia 4-2.
I suppose this must sound shocking to those that are picking Georgia to upset Duke, but the Bulldogs have yet to really show up against anyone other than Florida and have looked far from invincible in Athens. Can they find some consistency in the NCAAT? Possibly, but I'm not going to bet on it.
(10) Miami-FL d. (7) North Carolina 4-3.
This is really a toss-up and I feel like the matchups slightly favor Miami in spite of the regular season result in Chapel Hill.
(2) Florida d. (15) Michigan 4-1.
This could be a tricky matchup for Florida, but if it's close, I expect Florida to wear down Michigan in the Athens heat.
(9) California d. (1) UCLA 4-2.
I think UCLA is an underdog here despite the seedings. Cal seems to be peaking late with the return of Juricova and strong results at Ojai. I think Anderson will have to repeat her win over Juricova for UCLA to have a chance.
(4) Stanford d. (5) Southern Cal 4-2.
USC's top 3 are very strong, but on this stage I just don't see them breaking through against Stanford. I think Stanford takes the doubles and 3 of the top 4 to close this one out.
(3) Duke d. (11) Texas 4-0.
This should be a favorable matchup for Duke and I'd expect a relatively routine win.
(2) Florida d. (10) Miami-FL 4-0.
There are definitely a few positions where Miami can test Florida, but I'd expect Florida to easily take the doubles and run 3 matches off in straight sets.
(9) California d. (4) Stanford 4-3.
It's pretty hard to be confident in this pick given the series history, but you have to think it's now or never for Cal. Ultimately I think this match plays out very similar to the previous meeting at Stanford, with doubles and 1 and 4 singles deciding it.
(2) Florida d. (3) Duke 4-1.
On paper Duke should have a great shot at this. Florida, to me, is not as strong right now as they were this time a year ago, but the earlier meeting would certainly seem to indicate that they have Duke's number.
(9) California d. (2) Florida 4-3.
It seems like it has been a while since these teams met. [ETA: I just decided to look it up and the last time these schools played was 1995! Andy Brandi was the UF Head Coach
] This final could be very interesting, as there isn't really a single match I'd feel comfortable calling in advance. I think Goransson over an out-of-form Cercone at #5 may be the best bet, so I'll assume a split of the other 6 points and go 4-3 Cal.