NCAA Tournament: Thursday Night Preview/Predictions
So many games, so little time. CollegeHoops.net helps you out by cutting to the core of each Tournament game.
|First Round: Thursday Night||
|Michigan vs Clemson||
Favored: Clemson by 5
CHN Prediction: Clemson (60% certainty)
Star Watch: Clemson has better overall talent, but Manny Harris keeps UM in games
Nutshell: Tigers underrated as a 7 seed and should be too much for Michigan to handle.. unless Harris goes nuts.
At Stake: The ACC's #1 league status
Looming next: Oklahoma
|Minnesota vs Texas||
Favored: Texas by 4
CHN Prediction: Texas (60% certainty)
Star Watch: AJ Abrams hasn't shot well all season, but if he regains form, look out.
Nutshell: Minnesota is just one of many mediocre Big Ten teams the committee over-seeded.
At Stake: Another chance for Tubby to rub it in UK's face
Looming next: Duke
|American vs Villanova||
Favored: Villanova by 16.5
CHN Prediction: Villanova (90% certainty)
Star Watch: Garrison Carr will need to hit at least 7 threes to give American a shot.
Nutshell: American is a dangerous team. Too bad this game isn't on a neutral court.
At Stake: Low-Major pride.
Looming next: UCLA/VCU
|Akron vs Gonzaga||
Favored: Gonzaga by 13
CHN Prediction: Gonzaga (80% certainty)
Star Watch: If anybody out there has found Jeremy Pargo's game, drop it off in Portland.
Nutshell: How Gonzaga fares against a well-coached Akron team could be a sign of whether this is their year.
At Stake: Mark Few's ability to cash in at a pristine BCS job
Looming next: Illinois
|Binghamton vs Duke||
Favored: Duke by 21.5
CHN Prediction: Duke (100% certainty)
Star Watch: Binghamton's DJ Rivera is a nice player.. but nice doesn't beat Duke.
Nutshell: Duke always kills mediocre to bad teams.
At Stake: Duke's growing status as Tournament chokers
Looming next: Texas
|Morgan St vs Oklahoma||
Favored: Oklahoma by 16.5
CHN Prediction: Oklahoma (90% certainty)
At Stake: Blake Griffin's clear #1 draft pick status
Star Watch: If you don't know who Blake Griffin is, get off this site and return to PerezHilton immediately.
Nutshell: Morgan St has a couple nice BCS wins, but Maryland didn't have Blake Griffin.
Looming next: Clemson
|VCU vs UCLA||
Favored: UCLA by 8
CHN Prediction: UCLA (60% certainty)
Looming next: Villanova
Star Watch: Eric Maynor is VCU's big name, but watch out for Larry Sanders. He's the key.
Nutshell: UCLA is coming off 3 straight Final Four trips.. and still gets zero respect.
At Stake: The legacies of Maynor and Darren Collison
|Western Kentucky vs Illinois||
Favored: Illinois by 4.5
CHN Prediction: Illinois (55% certainty)
Star Watch: With Chester Frazier out, Illinois needs Demetri McCamey to bring his A+ game.
Nutshell: Many (including Vegas), think this is going to be the day's big upset.
At Stake: The Big Ten being exposed for mediocrity
Looming next: Gonzaga
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