March Madness

Baylor Bears vs. Xavier Musketeers

The Baylor Bears and the Xavier Musketeers battle it out on Friday in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 with the winner nailing down a spot in the Elite Eight.  The Bears are -6 point favorites over the Musketeers with an over/under point total set at 140. Six teams from the Big 12 made the NCAA Tournament this season but only two have made it to the second weekend and Scott Drew’s Baylor Bears are one of them. Baylor knocked off South Dakota State in round one and then followed it up with a convincing 17 point win over Colorado. Against CU Brady Heslip had 27 points going 9 of 13 from three point land, Pierre Jackson had 15 points and 10 assists, Quincy Acy had seven points and 10 rebounds, and Perry Jones III had seven points. As a team the Bears shot 43.8 percent from the floor, 55 percent Read More

Syracuse Orange vs. Wisconsin Badgers

The Syracuse Orange and the Wisconsin Badgers battle it out on Thursday with a spot in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament going to the winner.  The Orange are -3.5 point favorites over the Badgers with an over/under point total set at 121.5. The Syracuse Orange won the Big East going away this season but when Fab Melo was declared ineligible for March Madness many jumped off of Jim Boeheim’s teams’ bandwagon. Syracuse struggled a little in their first round game against UNC-Ashville winning by seven but after a competitive first half with Kansas State the Orange dominated the second half and won by 16 to earn this spot. Syracuse is 5-1 in games played on a neutral court, 5-0 against teams ranked in the top 25, and over the course of the season they played the 29th ranked schedule in the nation. Against Kansas State Dion Waiters had Read More

Ohio St. Buckeyes vs. Cincinnati Bearcats

The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Bearcats face off on Thursday Night in Boston with a spot in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament going to the winner.  The Buckeyes are -8.5 point favorites over the Bearcats with an over/under point total set at 130.5. The Ohio State Buckeyes have been in the top 10 in the rankings for the bulk of the season but Thad Matta’s team knows that doesn’t mean much if they don’t go deeper into the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State breezed through their opening round game against Loyola-Maryland and then fought off a tough Gonzaga team in the second round.  Against the Zags Deshaun Thomas 18 points and seven rebounds, Jared Sullinger had 18 points, Aaron Craft had 17 points and 10 assists, and William Buford had 13 points. As a team Ohio State shot 47.2 percent from the floor, 37.5 percent from beyond Read More

Michigan St. Spartans vs. Louisville Cardinals

The Michigan State Spartans and the Louisville Cardinals battle it out on Thursday Night in the Sweet 16 with the winner going to the Elite Eight.  The Spartans are -4.5 point favorites over the Cardinals with an over/under point total set at 124.5. The Michigan State Spartans were given the final number one seed in the NCAA Tournament this year but thus far Tom Izzo’s team has looking deserving of that ranking. MSU took care of business in their opening round game against LIU-Brooklyn and then held off a game St. Louis team in round two. Against St. Louis Keith Appling had 19 points, Draymond Green had 16 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists, Brandon Wood had 10 points, and Derrick Nix added 10 points as well. As a team the Spartans shot 54.3 percent from the floor, 40 percent from beyond the three point arc, and they shot 64.7 Read More

Florida Gators vs. Marquette Golden Eagles

The Florida Gators and the Marquette Golden Eagles battle it out on Thursday Night in the NCAA Tournament with a spot in the Elite Eight going to the winner.  The Golden Eagles are -1 point favorites over the Gators with an over/under point total set at 146. The Florida Gators have been a streaky team all season long and when Billy Donovan’s team gets the hot hand few are hotter but when they get cold, it’s ice cold, and the Gators appear to be grasping at straws. The question for this game is which Florida Gators’ team shows up for this game. Florida has stars and with five players averaging double digits the Gators have no shortage of options. Kenny Boynton is the top scoring option, Bradley Beal can score and grab rebounds, Erving Walker can create, score, and pass, and Patric Young is carrying around a world of expectations. Read More

Creighton Bluejays vs. North Carolina Tar Heels

The North Carolina Tar Heels and the Creighton Bluejays battle it out on Sunday with a trip to the Sweet 16 going to the winner.  The Tar Heels are -8.5 point favorites over the Bluejays with an over/under point total set at 159. The North Carolina Tar Heels looked very much like a number one seed in their game on Friday against Vermont and Roy Williams knows his team will need to remain focused if they are going to advance to the second week of the Tournament. UNC led Vermont at the half by 12 and never let up outscoring the Catamounts by seven in the second half to win by 19. Tyler Zeller had 17 points and 15 rebounds, James McAdoo had 17 points and six rebounds, Harrison Barnes had 14 points and six rebounds, and Kendall Marshall had 11 points and 10 assists. As a team North Carolina Read More

Georgetown Hoyas vs. North Carolina St. Wolfpack

The Georgetown Hoyas and the NC State Wolfpack face off in the NCAA Tournament with a trip to the Sweet 16 going to the winner.  The Hoyas are -4 point favorites over the Wolfpack with an over/under point total set at 132. Many expected the Georgetown Hoyas to face a stiff test in round one with their match up against Belmont and if it was a test then John Thompson III’s team passed the test with flying colors. The close battle never developed as Georgetown led by nine points at the half and then extended the lead in second half as they coasted to a 15 point win. Jason Clark scored 21 points, Otto Porter had 16 points and eight rebounds, Henry Sims had 15 points and five assists. The Hoyas shot a blistering 61.2 percent from the floor, 41.7 percent from beyond the three point arc, and they shot Read More

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Florida St. Seminoles

The Florida State Seminoles and the Cincinnati Bearcats battle it out on Sunday for the right to play in the Sweet 16.  The Seminoles are -2.5 point favorites over the Bearcats with an over/under point total set at 127. The Florida State Seminoles were tested and given a scare but Leonard Hamilton’s team rallied and then hung on to beat a game St. Bonaventure team in round one on Friday. While Florida State didn’t look like the better team for the majority of the game they used their size advantage to outrebound the Bonnies and the Seminoles outside shots started falling. Bernard James had 19 points and nine rebounds, Luke Loucks had 13 points, seven rebounds, and six assists, and Okaro White had nine points in a game Michael Snaer didn’t score in. FSU shot 45.3 percent from the floor, 78.6 percent from the free throw line, and 36.8 percent Read More

Syracuse Orange vs. Kansas St. Wildcats

The Syracuse Orange and the Kansas State Wildcats face off for a round two NCAA Tournament match up with a trip to the sweet 16 going to the winner.  The Orange are -5.5 point favorites over the Wildcats with an over/under point total set at 134.5. The Syracuse Orange looked like one of the clear favorites to win the NCAA Tournament this season but with the suspension of Fab Melo confidence in Jim Boeheim’s ability to win it all is waning. Syracuse did nothing in round one to make the public more confident in their ability to overcome Melo’s suspension as they struggled against UNC-Ashville before getting a seven point win, a number that was padded by some controversy and the usual end of the game fouling. The Orange shot 44.6 percent from the floor and 70.8 percent of the line and while Melo’s presence was clearly missing defensively what Read More

Iowa St. Cyclones vs. Kentucky Wildcats

The Kentucky Wildcats look to continue their march to the Final Four as they take on the Iowa State Cyclones in a second round NCAA Tournament match up.  The Wildcats are -11.5 point favorites over Cyclones with an over/under point total set at 140. The Kentucky Wildcats took control against Western Kentucky in their first round game but as they have done most of the year John Calipari’s team seemed to take their foot off the gas pedal and coasted to the finish line. UK shot 55.6 percent from the floor, and 72 percent from the free throw line while holding the Hilltoppers to 39.7 percent shooting. Terrance Jones had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Anthony Davis had 16 points, nine rebounds, and seven blocks, Doron Lamb has 16 points, and Marquis Teague had 12 points. For the Wildcats it’s all about options and they just have plenty of them Read More