Sunday, March 21, 2010

As most tear up thier brackets, remaining top seeds must adhere to warning

Kansas getting knocked off may be the shot in the arm many of the top schools needed, as if the National Championship wasn’t motivation enough, to wake and realize that they needed to bring their A-Game every night or they could be sent home. Syracuse and Duke, OSU, and WV are those on the hot seat today we’ll see how they respond. Here’s our preview of today’s games.

(8) Gonzaga vs. (1) Syracuse – I’ll tell ya the way the Big East is gettin’ played I’m not so quick to concede this game to the Orange. They have the better team on paper but there are some external factors like the short stretch between games. That shouldn’t be enough to make that big of a difference, but it may keep it close in the 2nd half. The Zags are 4-4 against teams in this year's tournament field; the Orange are 12-4 and that’s one of the reasons why we’ll take the orange.

(5) Mich St. vs. (4) Maryland – Finally a game most people had in their bracket. Seems like 4 and 5 seeds are an endangered species in this year’s dance but these are two good teams and this one will be close. An injured Chris Allen will be the difference as even if he plays he won’t be 100% so we like Maryland

(12) Cornell vs. (4) Wisconsin – I probably looking more forward to this game than any other. Should be a well played, discipline game that comes down to the end like so many others. Tough to call this one but The Big Red have eight seniors with three years of NCAA tournament experience. They lead the nation in 3-point shooting and have five regulars who shoot better than 42% from three. We’ve touted Wisconsin prior to the tournament here but we’re calling for the historical upset. Cornell.

(10) Georgia Tech vs. (2) Ohio State – The Jackets have their work cut out for them in this game and I for one am very skeptical of how they’re going to handle the Ohio State pressure. GT is going to need their best game of the year to win this one and save their coach’s job. But we don’t think they have it in them. We like OSU

(10) Missouri vs. (2) West Virginia – Another high seeded Big East team with enormous expectations takes the court after watching more of the conference brethren head back home. Will WV be the next to fall? After winning 7 games straight I’m not standing if fron t of this train.

(8) California vs. (1) Duke – The Bears come into the tournament on a roll after taking the winners of 10 of 12 as does Duke. With many of the marquis names disappointing thus far, this could be the game of the day. If Christopher can penetrate and dish to the Cal 3-point shooters then this could be another upset. I just can’t go out on a limb myself. There’s new motivation of the top seeds now that Kansas is out, I like Duke.
Get the complete NCAA tournament ODDS and betting lines for each game here.

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