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GAMES THREAD: NCAA Tournament – Round Two, Day 3

Posted by Jeff Nusser on March 22, 2008

Welcome to Day 3 of the NCAA Tournament. This is your thread for all that you see today. While I love the first two days of the tournament, the second round generally is my favorite — still lots of games, but virtually all of them will be competitive.

Here’s the slate, along with my picks, which will come from my bracket if I still have the winner alive. All times PDT.

  • (2) Duke vs. (7) West Virginia, 11:15 a.m. — Duke is going to be motivated after Thursday’s scare. Of that, you can be sure. Pick: Blue Devils.
  • (3) Wisconsin vs. (11) Kansas State, 1:20 p.m. — With my winner gone, I’ll be rooting for K-State for the sake of my bracket. But I just don’t think the young Wildcats are ready to face whatever Bo Ryan has cooked up for them when the Badgers are on defense. Wisconsin will not allow Beasley’s supporting cast to go off as it did on Thursday. Pick: Wisconsin.
  • (3) Xavier vs. (6) Purdue, 1:40 p.m. — Another one of my Sweet Sixteen sleepers gone (Baylor) and I still think Xavier is horribly overrated. The Baby Boilers impressed me greatly with the win over the Bears. Pick: Purdue.
  • (4) WSU vs. (5) Notre Dame, 3:40 p.m. — Stop the 3, win the game. Pick: WSU.
  • (3) Stanford vs. (6) Marquette, 3:45 p.m. — Yes, Marquette’s guards are awesome. But the Cardinal’s advantage on the inside is awesomer. Pick: Stanford.
  • (1) Kansas vs. (8) UNLV 3:50 p.m. — It’s pretty safe to say that the Jayhawks aren’t going to score just 10 in the first half as UNLV’s first opponent did. Pick: Kansas.
  • (4) Pittsburgh vs. (5) Michigan State, 6:10 p.m. — Panthers showed in the opening round why they will be so very dangerous in this tournament. Levance Fields means as much to his team as any player in the country means to theirs.   Pick: Pitt.
  • (1) UCLA vs. (9) Texas A&M, 6:15 p.m. — I did pick UCLA to win the title, but the Bruins better be awful careful in this one. The Aggies possess enough talent to have been ranked in the Top 10 at one point. Pick: UCLA.
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3 Responses to “GAMES THREAD: NCAA Tournament – Round Two, Day 3”

  1. Nuss said

    Turns out Thursday wasn’t a fluke with Duke. That, and I vastly underestimated West Virginia. The Cougs would do well to take a lesson from this Duke loss. Their defense hasn’t been great, but it was made a heck of a lot worse by the fact that they’ve gotten practically doubled up in rebounding by the Mountaineers. Rebounding is a big part of defense …

    Oh, and it doesn’t help when you miss 15 3’s in a row. Just ask Oregon. Freaking Ducks.

  2. TiltingRight said

    Jeez, maybe the Big East IS a better conference.

  3. Nuss said

    Well, there are 16 teams in that conference. The difference is that there are some REALLY terrible teams at the bottom. Some teams get off the hook by playing those teams twice, so you never really know how good a team is. I don’t think there’s ever really been any debate about the top teams in that conference.

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