The NCAA Tournament
teams are down to 16. Most folks think Duke is a cinch, however the Irish
showed the nation that the Blue Devils are vulnerable.
Believe it or not, there are a half dozen teams that can
win this thing. UCLA is a most dangerous opponent. Oregon, Maryland, Kent State
are worthy, lest we forget Kansas.
Here is how it looks.
Thursday, March 21
Midwest ”” at Madison, WI
Oregon (—3Â½) 78, Texas 65 (160): The Ducks have
plenty of firepower. Take OREGON.
Kansas (—5) 67, Illinois 61 (155): The Fighting
Illini, after a couple of setups, meet a toughie. Take KANSAS.
West ”” at San Jose, CA
UCLA (—1Â½) 81, Missouri 75 (154): The over in the
total looks like the play in this game. Take OVER.
69, Arizona 66 (147Â½): The Wildcats
run out of time. This could be the Sooners’
year to go to the Final Four. Take
Friday, March 22
East ”” at Syracuse, NY
Maryland (—6Â½) 76, Kentucky 73 (156): The
Wildcats are not easy at this stage of the game. Take KENTUCKY.
So. Illinois (+5) 67, UConn 65 (145): The ÂÃ‚Âunderdog
Salukis can be awful tough. Take SOUTHERN ILLINOIS.
South ”” at Lexington, KY
Duke (—12) 79, Indiana 55 (150): The Blue Devils
are too quick, too talented and too experienced for this crew. To go through the
Final Four, you have to get past Duke. That’s a tough proposition. Everyone
will be shooting at them. Lots of luck.
Kent State (+1) 75, Pittsburgh 73 (129): This
backyard brawl will bring out the best in these two. I’m afraid the winner
will have nothing left for the next opponent.