2012 NCAA Tournament News, Reviews and Previews

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    Favorites are 40-20 and 27-32-1 ATS and the UNDER is 40-19-1 thus far.

    The Higher Seeds are 41-15 and 28-27-1 ATS

    Favorites of 7.5-points or more are 19-2 and 19-11-1 ATS

    Favorites of 3.5 to 7-points are 15-6 SU and 12-0 ATS

    Favorites of 3-points or less are 6-10 SU and 4-12 ATS

    Totals of 125 or less are 9-4 OVER

    Totals of 140 or more are 15-6 UNDER

    All totals of 125.5 or higher are 36-10-1 UNDER

     

    CBB News: Sweet 16 from Friday

    3DW View: Though it did not appear North Carolina missed Kendall Marshall from one aspect of the statistics, it was readily apparent in another. Fill-in Stilman White had six assists and no turnovers, but other Tar Heels players had the ball in their hands on different spots on the floor and the team committed 24 turnovers, their most in a game in 23 years.

    North Carolina could have won this game in regulation if they had fed the ball inside more to Tyler Zeller, who was the first player to have a 20-20 game in the NCAA’s since Tim Duncan in 1997. Zeller and Reggie Bullock saved the day for Carolina Blue, as Bullock was just fourth player in tournament history to have at least 10 rebounds, five assists, and five 3-pointers, joining Mitch Richmond (1987 Kansas State), Hersey Hawkins (1988 Bradley), and Ray Allen (1996 Connecticut), since they started keeping these stats in 1975.

    As shaky as North Carolina was, their next opponent was just as unsettling. Kansas scored 44 of their 60 points in the paint (they could have easily has 10 more points missing easy shots) and held N.C. State to 28.4 percent shooting, yet never threatened to cover the 8.5-point spread.

    The Jayhawks abysmal outside shooting continued, as they were wretched 1 for 14 beyond the three-point line and are now 12 for 54, 22.2 % in the tournament.

    Tayshawn Taylor had a night to forget shooting 2 for 14 and his turnover woes continued with five more against the Wolfpack. Center Jeff Withey finally made his presence felt with 10 blocks which is second only in this event to some dude who is comfortable in his own skin named Shaquille.

    I absolutely deplore games like Baylor and Xavier from a betting standpoint. Until the final 17 seconds, from the 17:02 mark in the first half, for all by 3:01, Baylor was either going to cover or get a push. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I had the Bears, who controlled the action for at least 35 minutes of the game and they failed to cover because of uncertain ball-handling in the last two minutes and Tu Holloway’s 28-foot three-pointer dagger with 17 seconds left.

    Quincy Acy had a few out of your chair “WOW” dunks and grabbed 15 rebounds and Perry Jones lll was a factor in the last 10 minutes of the contest. Sunday will be the first single digit seed Baylor has faced in the tourney.

    Christina Watford and a balanced Indiana attack gave it their all, but in the end Kentucky had better athletes and basketball players that were stone cold clutch (35 of 37 on free throws). I thought Clark Kellogg made a very salient point about the Wildcats. In spite of only going six and half deep, Kentucky players have multiple skills that allow them to be more interchangeable in what positions they play and cover up for foul trouble better. However, there is no mistaking having Anthony Davis on the floor makes Kentucky a much better defensive team.

    CBB News: What to look for on Saturday

    3DW View: There are no real secrets between the pupil and his mentor. Rick Pitino isn’t going to devise a wild strategy that will throw off Billy Donovan and vise versa for that matter.

    My initial reaction to Florida being a favorite was mild surprise until I did my numbers, which came up with the Gators at -3.5. Louisville’s defensive strategy will be really intriguing since if they go straight zone, Florida averages 10 three’s a game. Will Pitino prefer his club to more closely guard the perimeter and feed Gators to the middle where the imposing Gorgui Dieng awaits?

    Look for Florida to drag Louisville into a slower-paced game like they did with Marquette and count on their much improved defense to contain the Cardinals offense. The way for the Gators to beat the Cards defense is with dribble penetration and quick passes for open looks wherever they can find them.

    The nightcap features ample star power with Syracuse and Ohio State. Watch for how Jared Sullinger is affected by the Orangemen’s 2-3 zone and how the Buckeyes try and work the ball into him. Sullinger prefers the ball on the blocks and that angle will not be there a great deal unless Deshaun Thomas and William Buford are making outside shots.

    Scoop Jardine is Syracuse’s primary ball-handler and the five turnovers he had against Wisconsin cannot happen again, since Aaron Craft is a tremendous on-ball defender and could spoil the Orange’s offensive plans. Ohio State can be inconsistent in defending the 3-ball, thus if the Cuse can make a few early, it might open up the floor. This could be the game the Orange miss Fab Melo.

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