Thursday, March 22, 2012

Previewing the Sweet 16 - Thursday

Greetings everyone! It's about time for the madness to crank back up, so here are my thoughts on 4 games from Thursday night.
  • 7:15 pm CBS - #1 Syracuse (-4) vs. #4 Wisconsin - This is a really intriguing game. I picked Wisconsin in my bracket even pre-Fab Melo suspension, but this is a photo finish type of game. Syracuse's athleticism is their main advantage here, and they have the possibility of overwhelming Wisconsin with it, but with 'Cuse playing that zone, and Wisconsin's propensity for the 3-ball, that could be a factor. Also, Wisconsin's defense is ridiculously stingy, and they'll no doubt control the glass here. All the makings of a close game either way.
  • 7:45 pm TBS - #1 Michigan State (-5) vs. #4 Louisville - Different styles here. I don't trust Louisville to be able to generate offense in this game, especially against an Izzo-led team, but if they make threes, it'll be interesting. Draymond Green is one of the most valuable pieces in the entire country, and Louisville has no answer. Give me Sparty, but if Louisville makes threes, they'll hang around.
  • 9:45 pm CBS - #2 Ohio State (-7.5) vs. #6 Cincinnati - The battle of Ohio, and you know that makes me cringe. I think Ohio State is one of the 2 or 3 b1est teams left in the field, so I'm definitely leaning their way. That said, depth is an issue, and OSU hasn't gotten that elite-type game out of Sullinger yet, so keep an eye there.
  • 10:15 pm TBS - #3 Marquette (-1.5) vs. #7 Florida - Definitely the biggest toss-up of the four games. Florida is the more talented team, and wayyyy more talented than their #7 seed would indicate, but they are SO jumpshot-dependent that they could drop a game at any moment, and Marquette is infinitely more physical. If Florida makes jumpers and threes, they'll win this game, but if Marquette and Jae Crowder and DJO grind this game down, they'll be in good shape.

There you have it...

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