Sweet 16: What to Watch For

The first “three” rounds (I consider it two but whatever) are in the books.

Thank you Norfolk State and Lehigh for knocking down Goliaths Missouri and Duke in the “second” round. While you screwed up tens-of-thousands of bracket Missouri and Duke brackets, you also ruined millions and “MILLIONS” (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson voice) of brackets worldwide.

And for that, I thank you.

The Sweet 16 starts Thursday, so let’s take a look at some games that will be very intriguing.

Round “Two”: Kentucky v. Indiana – We all know how this game ended the first time. Christian Watford hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer at Assembly Hall against the ‘Cats to put the Hoosiers back on the map. Kentucky is rolling now, though. Keep in mind, Anthony Davis was in foul trouble the entire game (thank you Cody Zeller) and Terrence Jones decided to disappear (and he hasn’t been found or re-appeared, yet).

So what will happen in Round “Two?” I believe that Davis will stay out of foul trouble, limiting Zeller’s impact on the game. Good thing Watford is starting play well, again. Indiana’s guards (Matt Roth and Jordan Hulls) are shooting the lights-out in the tournament. But it all comes back to Zeller. If Zeller can out-play and out-smart Davis, like he did in the first game, I think the Hoosiers will come out victorious. If not, it might be a long day for the Hoosiers.

I got Kentucky by 10 points.

Rick Pitino v. Tom Izzo – Two homunculi (look it up, it’s a real word) in stature, but two Goliaths’ in the college basketball world. This figures to be a great match-up between two coaches who have done more in their careers than the majority of coaches have done in their lifetime. Both coaches have combined for a 1024-395 record, four Elite Eight’s, seven Final Four’s, and two national championships. One coach loves to pressure with his guards, while the other has his big boys crash the glass. Two very intense coaches with their eye on the prize: a chance to move on, to the Elite Eight.

I like Michigan State in this one, but wouldn’t be surprised to see Pitino steal this one. After all, he does look like he could work for the Italian mafia.

The Battle of “Ohio” – Whoever picked Cincinnati to beat Florida State must have loved something about the Bearcats that a lot of people didn’t see. I suppose a lot of people didn’t pick Cincinnati after they got into a fight with Xavier back in December. Well, looky-here, Cincinnati is back in the Sweet 16 for the first time in a long time. No better time than to play in-state rival, “but we never play them in the regular season because we don’t want to” Ohio State Buckeyes. I don’t know why the Bearcats and Buckeyes never play in the regular season. I think it would make for a great rivalry. Two in-state schools, battling it out in the Sweet 16, it can’t get any better! The Bearcats are led by Yancy Gates and a stifling defense. The Buckeyes are led by Jared Sullinger and an assortment of explosive players on offense. I love Cincy’s defense right now and the Gates v. Sullinger battle is going to be fun to watch. I picked Ohio State on my bracket, but I am going with the upset here: Cincinnati by 7!

That’s all I have for now, I will write more tomorrow! In the meantime, relax!


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