UCONN VS TEXAS
2ND ROUND NCAA TOURNEY -
Bet Jamaica Line UCONN -10.5 O/U 138.5
After the first round in the NCAA tournament we
have learned a couple of things about the top college basketball
teams in the country. One, there are only two teams thus far that
have been really deserving on the number one seed they were given.
Two, anything can and will happen in this tournament.
There have been no real major upsets thus far
in the Big Dance, but there have been plenty of close calls with
some teams that were thought to be close to unbeatable were almost
taken down by less than impressive college basketball teams.
The biggest surprise so far has been the
performance of both the second seed Memphis Tigers and number one
seed Pittsburgh Panthers. Coming into this tournament the Pittsburgh
Panthers looked like the number one team in the country. They may
have not won the Big East tournament, but neither did North Carolina
who came into the tournament as the number one team in the country.
Pittsburgh just looked like they were destine
to at least reach the Final Four before the Big Dance began, but
after a very poor performance against 16 seed East Tennessee State I
don’t know if they will even make it past the next round. Their big
man DeJuan Blair had a great game and probably saved the team, but
as for the rest of the Panthers something has to chance in order for
them to live up to expectations.
The UConn Huskies on the other hand, minus
their coach Jim Calhoun due to health problems, beat the Chattanooga
by 56 points which is the biggest margin of victory so far in the
The Huskies were just firing on all cylinders
and seemed determined to prove that they are the best team to come
out of the Big East conference.
Although the Huskies are playing great
basketball right now, I would have to say that out of all the number
one seeds in this tournament UConn has the easiest path to the Final
First of all, the Huskies will not have to face
either North Carolina or the Pittsburgh Panthers until the
championship game if those teams even get that far in the
tournament. Second, the only team in the West bracket that would
even really pose a serious threat to Calhoun’s Huskies is the
Memphis Tigers who they wouldn’t face until the Elite Eight.
I think that the Huskies will cruise all the
way to at least the Final Four, but standing in their way of
breaking into the Sweet 16 is Texas A&M who had an impressive
performance against BYU in the first round.
Although the Aggies played great in the first
round their luck has run with UConn in their way. If the Aggies were
started in a different place in the bracket I could see them
reaching the Sweet 16, maybe even the Elite Eight, but with UConn
playing as well as they are right now Texas A&M will be heading home