6-0 Yesterday brought me back to a respectable 12-4 with the ACC, SEC picks. ACC is now 6-0 in the Tournament and the SEC is 7-3. ACC team's UNC and North Carolina State will face stern tests today however in George Mason and Texas respectively, while Kentucky tries to be the first team to knock out a number #1 seed (UConn).
I was not high on Florida when the tournament began, but after watching them yesterday they are Final 4 material. Noah is one of the most improved players in college basketball this season having made a huge leap from his freshman to sophomore seasons. He is like a point forward out there and his inside passing skills are beyond the college level. Meanwhile, the Vols loss ends what was a great season, but yet it seemed they ran out of gas at the end of the year (or teams started taking the more seriously). Still, Bruce Pearl has a lot to build with for next year.
Duke is will Duke this time of year making their 9th straight Sweet 16 appearance.
#3 North Carolina vs #11 George Mason Dayton, OH
George Mason knocked off a Tournament favorite Michigan St on Friday leading most of the way. Today, they get back Tony Kirk who was suspended for 1 game after a cheap shot he gave in their conference tourney. Roy Williams is one of the best tournament coaches around and will have his young Tar Heels ready. George Mason will have a tough time handling Tyler Hansborough inside. If the outside shots are falling for the Heels they will advance.
#1 UConn vs #8 Kentucky Philadelphia, PA
Kentucky comes into this game after playing very well in beating UAB. The Huskies struggled mightily to beat Albany and were down and were down as many as 12. Tubby's kids will play their hearts out, but UConn just has too much talent.
#2 Texas vs #10 NC State Dallas, TX
The Wolfpack relied on their three point shooting and the first round game and will have to an even better job today to beat Texas in what essentially will be a road game for Herb Sendek's crew. If Evtimov, Atsur, and Bennerman can light it up from outside and take the crowd out, the Wolfpack have a very good shot in this game. Texas will look to pound the ball inside and get Cedric Simmons in foul trouble. Texas will be very tough to beat in Dallas.