Wednesday, March 18, 2009

NCAA Tournament...Big East Games First Round Preview

NCAA tourney time for seven of the Big East’s finest. And what a tournament it may turn out to be for the conference. The first round is looking very promising for the magnificent seven, as the Big East looks to own the dance. So…let’s get right to it. The first round picks…


(1) Louisville vs. (16) Morehead State: I refuse to breakdown 1-16 games. Not until a 16 seed wins one.

Prediction: 81-58 Louisville

(6) West Virginia vs. (11) Dayton: This will be a closer game than people may expect. Both teams play good defense, and both have some playmakers. The Mountaineers have had their struggles against the zone, but Dayton normally rolls in man defense. This could be the difference, with West Virginia getting too many easy looks.

Prediction: 73-65 West Virginia


(1) UConn vs. (16) Chattanooga: See above

Prediction: 85-60

(6) Marquette vs. (11) Utah State: The Golden Eagles will not have a long run in this year’s tourney. The injury to Dominic James will spell an early-exit…but not this early. Marquette will use their athleticism and Big East toughness to punish the Aggies.

Prediction: 78-64 Marquette


(1) Pittsburgh vs. (16) ETSU: See above

Prediction: 89-55 Pitt

(3) Villanova vs. (14) American: The ‘Cats have an outstanding bracket. They match-up well against many of the teams, and beat the one-seed (Pitt) earlier this season. It starts with a game against American. Nova’s guard play should bury American early, and coast from there.

Prediction: 78-58 Villanova


(4) Syracuse vs. (13) Stephen F. Austin: My man Stephen is in trouble. The Orange is one of the hottest teams in America right now, and continues to improve. The zone will confuse my man Stephen, forcing many turnovers, which will then setup the transition. Expect Syracuse to get up early and cruise to victory.

Prediction: 83-66 Syracuse



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