Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Sweet 16 Thursday

A little anxious to get basketball started again? ACC and SEC regular season champs will lock horns in Atlanta on Thursday. Duke is a -6 point favorite, which sounds about right considering LSU struggled to beat Texas A&M. The Blue Devils will face a stern test from the Tigers though.

#1 Duke vs #4 LSU Atlanta, GA
This will be the first team Duke has faced in the tourney that can really push them for 40 minutes. LSU's size inside could be a real problem for Duke. Glen Davis has not played like the SEC Player of the Year so far and could be ready for a breakout game. If Duke can keep Shelden Williams out of foul trouble and get good production out of Josh McRoberts, they should win this game. However, if LSU controls the paint Duke could be in serious jeopardy. You know JJ will get his points and Darrel Mitchel is going to hit some for LSU as well. I think this a great mathcup in the Sweet 16 that could go right down to the wire. In the end, the best player on the court will shine like he has so many times. Duke will advance, but by the skin of their teeth.
Prediction: Duke

Tournament: 14-5

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