SWEET 16: THU (MAR.27) NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
All times Eastern (ET)
7:10pm: (3) Xavier (29-6) vs (7) West Virginia (26-10)
7:27pm: (1) North Carolina (33-2) vs (4) Washington St. (26-8)
9:40pm: (1) UCLA (33-3) vs (12) West. Kentucky (28-6)
9:57pm: (2) Tennessee (30-4) vs (3) Louisville (25-8)
SWEET 16: FRI (MAR.28) NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
All times Eastern (ET)
7:10pm: (3) Wisconsin (31-4) vs (10) Davidson (27-6)
7:27pm: (2) Texas (29-6) vs (3) Stanford (28-7)
9:40pm: (1) Kansas (33-3) vs (12) Villanova (21-12)
9:57pm: (1) Memphis (34-1) vs (5) Michigan St. (27-8)
The two best games are easily the two 2-3 games.
Louisville/Tennessee could be the most intense game we've seen this season (think the first 5 or so minutes of Tenn/Memphis). The pressure defenses and team ball these teams play will hopefully make one of the most entertaining games we've seen in a long time. If one team doesn't show up, the other could take quick advantage, but I don't see this happening. I'll pick Louisville with the minor upset (there aren't any real upsets at this point).
Stanford/Texas is a contrast in styles. The two guard tandem of Augustin and Abrams vs the two forward tandem of the Lopez twins. This may come down to who will outplay each other between Texas' bigs and Stanford's guards. Both can step up as we have seen (Johnson with 16 assists/James with 16 rebounds), but if I had to choose, I'll take James, Mason, Atchley, etc. (who I've underrated at times this season) over Johnson and company. I think this will account for the slight margin of difference and Texas will win it. If the Lopez twins REALLY dominate though and get James in foul trouble, this could be a long night for Texas (bigs > guards). Really tough to decide.
The other games:
NC too much pressure on the WSU defense. Will be close till about 10 min. left and NC will win by about 8-10.
Kansas over Villanova by 15 or so.
Wisconsin outlasts David-son. Davidson almost pulls off another upset, but they will be playing against another great defensive team only Wisconsin has been much more effficient on offense than G'town lately. That combo will be a little more than Curry can handle.
UCLA will beat W. Kentucky, but I think it could actually stay close if Lee and Brazzleton step up. I see a game in the 60's and a 5-7 point win.
Xavier over WV only because I have them going to the finals.
I really really really like WV's chances though. I'll just say that if Mazzula and Alexander play like they did against Duke, they win.
No decision for MSU/Memphis. Don't need people calling me biased.:)
I'll just give one optmistic and pessimistic outlook. Optimistic outlook = Memphis has been played close by lesser teams. State is better than Miss St in every respect. Memphis doesn't defend shooters well so if Neitzel, Lucas, Morgan and Allen can get some looks early they can spot themselves a nice lead. Memphis ft's obviously a concern. Memphis is inconsistent at shooting. They pick up bad fouls at times. I like MSU's bigs vs. Memphis'.
Pessimistic outlook = MSU horrible on offense at times. If Memphis can dictate tempo, they could run MSU out of the building, not because MSU can't run (they can quite well), but if the shots aren't falling it will only multiply the damage done. Can't get into foul trouble. Turnovers. Which Morgan will step up? Neitzel for that matter too. 3 Freshmen playing.
One of the highlights of the tournament for me will be Lucas and Rose going at it (even if Neitzel guards Rose mostly).