SBR is giving you an early look at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, where the Michigan Wolverines lead an interesting field of eight schools on the November NCAA odds schedule.
ESPN can hardly lose with the Puerto Rico Tip-Off schedule. Even with a big day of NFL games going on, the finals for this NCAA basketball tournament should draw a good TV crowd, especially among the 50-65 male demographic that still values the game of college hoops over what takes place on professional gridirons.
People like myself.
What attracts me most about this year's event is a wide open field of teams in the middle of current college basketball futures odds. Five of the eight squads are in the 35/1 to 100/1 range, led by the Michigan Wolverines who made it to the NCAA Finals last April before succumbing to the Louisville Cardinals by six in the National Championship.
The Virginia Commonwealth Rams, a victim to the Wolverines
in the NCAA Tournament during Michigan's run to the title match, are also part
of the lineup in Puerto Rico that cranks up on Nov. 21 and concludes three days
later. Joining the Wolverines and Rams
are the Georgetown Hoyas, Kansas State Wildcats, Florida State Seminoles, Northeastern
Huskies and a pair of 49ers from
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Will Rams & Wolverines Meet In Rematch Of March Madness Tilt?
The bracket sets up for a rematch between
Based on current NCAA Basketball odds, Shaka Smart and the Rams are the preseason favorites to win the A-10 at +175 price, and 50/1 to cut down the nets at the NCAA's. Treveon Graham and Juvonte Reddic led last year's VCU squad in scoring, with Reddic also topping the team on the boards, and they're back along with Briante Weber who is expected to man the point. It should be a deep backcourt with Weber and Graham joined by Melvin Johnson and Rob Brandenburg.
The Rams will be up against it vs.
Should VCU advance and find
Will Hoyas Glide Through Their Half Of Bracket?
There's no question that ESPN prefers
They'll have to be at their best to beat John Thompson III's
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Other than losing key players Rodney McGruder (15.6 ppg) and Angel Rodriguez (5.2 apg), the worst news was having to begin this season without top recruit Jevon Thomas. Weber does have two additional 1st-year stars in the making with guard Nigel Johnson and forward Wesley Iwundu, and it will be up to the returning upperclass trio of Will Spradling, Thomas Gipson and Shane Southwell to hold the fort while the youngsters come around.Right now, I like