NCAA Basketball Picks,NCAA Tournament predictions
3/16/2012 10:31:00 AM
Check out which of today's NCAA Tournament games we are adding to our picks.
of the field of 64 features 16 matchups. Below are just a few NCAA basketball
picks to add to your already long list of choices. Only one upset happened
yesterday, will today be different? Let’s see what the sportsbooks are offering
on this Friday.
Georgetown vs Belmont
Hoyas got a much-deserved 3 seed, and now have to meet up with 14th
seeded Belmont this afternoon in the Midwest regional. The Hoyas got bounced
out of the Big East tournament against Cincinnati in the quarterfinals, but
were still granted a three seed in the big dance. Belmont on the other hand,
won their conference title game in the A-Sun, against Florida Gulf Coast,
two teams meet in the real deal. Georgetown has opened as -3 point favorites. The
Hoyas were not much of a preseason darling in the country, but quickly changed
many minds after winning 13 of their first 14 games and beating teams like
Louisville and Marquette early in the season.
will not roll over, however. The Bruins are one of the highest scoring teams in
the country. Belmont ranks 4th in the country, scoring 81.5 points
per game, all while shooting 48% from the field. They have four guys and almost
a fifth that average double figure scoring.
though the Bruins are a tough team, I like the Hoyas a lot this season. They
have the size and athleticism to make a deep run in the tournament.
John Ryan has decided to place his pick on the Hoyas, and I am going to agree thtat laying
the three points with Georgetown is the way to go.
My Pick: Georgetown -3
Xavier vs Notre Dame
seed versus the 10 seed in the South bracket is the final game of Friday and it
will almost surely be worth staying up the watch. I don’t consider the seven
versus ten seed an upset if the ten seed wins, much like the eight versus nine
seed. Tonight, Notre Dame is favored by -2 ½ points and is the higher seed, but
these teams are very evenly matched.
is another team that can score the ball with a lot of efficiency. They have
three guys who can light it up from beyond the arc, and all three average
double figures. Tu Holloway is their senior leader. He is not only a 17 points
per game scorer, but he is also an excellent defender and will be key in
stopping the half court sets of Notre Dame.
Fighting Irish are one of those teams that you love and hate to watch at the
same time. They have excellent offensive execution, but it isn’t exactly the
most exciting thing to watch all the time. However, they have beaten a number
one team this season, as well as great top 25 wins against, Louisville,
Marquette and Pittsburgh.
Handicapper Steven Suarez has added the Fighting Irish to his picks, but I think
Notre Dame has to watch out in this one. Xavier is a very good ten seed, and is
probably the best of the double digit seeded teams. That being said, I’m taking
the points with the Musketeers tonight in the late game.
Pick: Xavier +2.5