2011 NCAA Southwest Region

Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Florida Gators

The Vanderbilt Commodores and he Florida Gators face off on Tuesday in Nashville as they wind down their SEC college basketball regular seasons. The Gators are -8.5 point favorites over the Commodores. The Vanderbilt Commodores have won two of their last three games and are in the seven-team pileup in fourth place in the SEC standings. Vandy is 7-7 in the Sec and 10-4 at home this season while going 0-3 against teams ranked in the top 25. Rod Odom is the Commodores leading scorer averaging 14.2 points and 5.7 rebounds. Damian Jones is averaging 11.6 points and 5.8 rebounds, Kyle Fuller is averaging 11.6 points, and James Siakam is averaging .8 points and 5.4 rebounds. Vanderbilt is averaging 66.5 points and they are shooting 44.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.2 points and their opponents are shooting 40.1 percent. Vanderbilt is 4-3 at home in the SEC this Read More

Oklahoma St. Cowboys vs. Robert Morris Colonials

The Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Robert Morris Colonials face off on Monday in college basketball action. The Cowboys are -25 point favorites over the Colonials. The Oklahoma State Cowboys have won their last four games in a row since suffering their lone loss of the season to Memphis. OSU has played the 68th ranked schedule in the country and they enter this game ranked seventh in the nation. Marcus Smart leads the Cowboys averaging 18 points per game. Markel Brown is averaging 16.3 points and 4.3 rebounds, Le’Bryan Nash is averaging 13.9 points and 6.2 rebounds, and Phil Forte is averaging 11.6 points per game. Oklahoma State is averaging 86.4 points and they are shooting 49.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.5 points and their opponents are shooting 37.9 percent. Oklahoma State is looking like an early contender for the Final Four. The Robert Morris Colonials have been Read More

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals face off on Wednesday in Pittsburgh in a battle of the top two teams in the NL Central. The Pirates are -108 favorites over the Cardinals with an over/under run total set at 7. The Pittsburgh Pirates have taken the first three games in their series with the Cardinals and in the process they have taken over the lead in the division. In game two on Tuesday Andrew McCutchen had two hits including a home run and Josh Harrison, Jordy Mercer, and Gaby Sanchez had two hits each as the Pirates scored six runs on 11 hits. For Wednesday’s game the Pirates start Jeff Locke who has lost two of his last three decisions. For the season Locke has allowed 85 hits and 29 earned runs while striking out 88 over 121.2 innings for a 9-3 record and a 2.15 ERA. The Read More

New York Knicks vs. Chicago Bulls

Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks invade Chicago on Thursday going for their 14th straight win. The Knicks are -3.5 point favorites over the Bulls with an over/under point total set at 190. Head to head, the Knicks are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings while the underdog is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, but just 12-27 ATS in their last 39 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Knicks on the other hand are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, 7-0 ATS in their last 7 road games and 17-4 ATS in their last 21 games overall Before we get to New York, lets touch on Chicago’s ineptitude to cover the Read More

2011 NCAA Southwest Region Predictions

NCAA Bracket Southwest Region Favorites to Make the Final Four Kansas: With Morris twins causing havoc for opponents inside and an arsenal of quality guards manning the perimeter, it is tough to find many weaknesses with the Jayhawks. Of course the same could be said last season prior to Kansas being bounced in the second round by Northern Iowa. As long as they stay committed on the defensive end and are willing to share the ball, the Jayhawks have national title contender written all over them. Notre Dame: Led by Ben Hansbrough, the Fighting Irish feature a lineup that averages almost nine 3-pointers a game. When they have hot shooting nights, there isnt a defense around that can stop them. Notre Dame is a deep squad that had an excellent year in the highly-touted Big East. A lack of tournament experience is the only real knock on this team, but Read More