Posted on: March 19, 2009 2:20 am

East Region- 1st round breakdown

 Best Game: Oklahoma State vs. Tennessee

Cinderella: VCU

(1) Pittsburgh vs. (16) East Tennessee St.

Pitt- 81

ETSU- 55

Could it be an all Tennessee second round? Um, No. No chance.

(8) Oklahoma State vs. (9) Tennessee

OSU- 66

Tenn- 71

Might be the best game of the whole first round. Two great teams that will fight to the death. Chism will carry the Vols.

(5) Florida St. vs. (12) Wisconsin

FSU- 68

Wisconsin- 49

I dont think Wisconsin should even be here, and they will be punished for attending.

(4) Xavier vs. (13) Portland St.

Xavier- 77

Portland St.- 69

Close until the end, when Xavier will pull away. Should be a fun game.

(6) UCLA vs. (11) VCU

UCLA- 81

VCU- 83

Poor UCLA. They are underseeded, have to travel the furthest of anyone, and get the joy of facing Eric Maynor. Sucks for them , because VCU is doing some damage this year.

(3) Villanova vs. (14) American

Villanova- 75

American- 65

American hung with Tennessee last year, and they will hang with Nova this year. Really solid teams, but Nova will pull it out.

(7) Texas vs. (10) Minnesota

Texas- 63

Minnesota- 51

Sorry Tubby, but if Texas shows up, they are way better.

(2) Duke vs. (15) Binghamton

Duke- 70

Binghamton- 68

Yes, you are reading the score correctly. This is exactly like the Belmont game. Binghamton is senior dominated, and jacks threes, just like Belmont. They will lead deep into the second half, but Duke will pull it out.

Posted on: March 19, 2009 2:12 am

West Region- 1st round breakdowns

Best Game:  Washington vs. Mississippi State

Cinderella: Mississippi State

(1) UCONN vs. (16) Chattanooga


Chattanooga- 72

UCONN always sucks in these games. If it werent for a collapse, they would have lost to Albany as a 1 seed a few years ago.

(8) BYU vs. (9) Texas A&M

BYU- 76

A&M- 77

This is tough to pick, but the nod goes to A&M.

(5) Purdue vs. (12) Northern Iowa

Purdue- 65

Northern Iowa- 53

I like Purdue here. Wasnt impressed with NIU, and Purdue has been solid all year.

(4) Washington vs. (13) Mississippi State

Washington- 66

Mississippi State- 68

Upset special! Mississippi State continues their miracle run with a first round stunner via buzzer beater over U Dub.

(6) Marquette vs. (11) Utah State

Marquette- 70

Utah State- 57

Utah State hasnt really played anyone. Im not sold at all, and Marquette will overpower them.

(3) Missouri vs. (14) Cornell

Missouri- 81

Cornell- 43

This game will make your eyes bleed. God, Missouri will just run and run and run. Gonna get ugly, quick.

(7) California vs. (10) Maryland

Cal- 57

Maryland- 66

Cal doesnt impress me at all. Maryland will need to show up, and they will. Terps get the job done.

(2) Memphis vs. (15) CSU-Northridge


CSUN- 42

Is it possible to be overseeded as a 15? Yep. Heres the example. The game will explain itself.

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