Ohio St vs UTSA/Alabama St: Preview & Prediction

    
March 15th, 2011
(1) Ohio State vs. (16) Texas-San Antonio/Alabama State

East Region - Cleveland

March 18 - 4:40 TNT
 

While other teams may have been more spectacular at times, there was arguably no more consistent team than Big Ten champion Ohio State, who was rewarded with the top overall seed in the bracket. They've lost just twice with both defeats coming on the road to ranked opponents (Purdue and Wisconsin), and their rotation may lack numbers but it doesn't lack versatility. Freshman Jared Sullinger has been outstanding inside, and he's surrounded by a number of players who can make plays from about anywhere on the floor.  But the road to Houston will not be without its road blocks, as either George Mason or Villanova will be a challenge in the 2nd Round. As for UTSA and Alabama State, it's tough to give a 16-seed even a puncher's chance of beating a #1 when it's never happened before.

 

Stars to Watch:

F Jared Sullinger (Ohio St)

G Devin Gibson (UTSA)

F Tramayne Moorer (Alabama St)

 

CHN Team Capsules (w/ stats, records, and rankings):

Ohio St

UTSA

Alabama St

 

Vegas Odds:

UTSA -5 (vs Alabama St. No line for subsequent game vs Ohio St)

 

Prediction:

Ohio St by 22

 

Faces Winner Of: George Mason vs. Villanova