NCAA Tournament




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6:40pm - Hampton vs. Manhattan -9  O/U 140.5

The Hampton Pirates come into the game with a losing record at 16-17 but got into the field by winning the MEAC tournament.  Leading scorer and rebounder, 6'7" G Dwight Meikle is doubtful with an ankle injury, but he missed the last 2 games and the well balanced Pirates overcame his absence to take the conference crown anyway.

The Manhattan Jaspers have won 7 of 8 including the last 3 in the MAAC tourney to gain their spot in the field.  6'6" F Emmy Andujar will be the best player on the floor as he leads Manhattan in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals.

I really don't see Hampton winning or keeping it close for that matter.  Especially without Meikle.  Assuming he's out, I have to take the Jaspers to cover the number here and move on to get blown out by #1 Kantucky.

Manhattan 73  Hampton 58

9:10pm - Mississippi vs BYU -3  O/U 157.5

The Rebels come in as losers of 4 of their last 5 games.  G Jarvis Summers is an adequate ball handler and scorer, but he will have to play outstanding to give  Ole Miss a shot in this one.

The Cougars have lost 2 of 3, but won 6 straight before that.  BYU averages 81.8 ppg and should have no trouble reaching that mark tonight.  Tyler Haws and Kyle Collinsworth are a formidable 1-2 punch for BYU as they average 21.9 and 14.o ppg respectively, with Collinsworth adding 8.7 rebounds per contest.

Hard to get behind a Rebel team on such a cold streak.  BYU is solid and if they get going offensively they can win a few games in the tournament.  I like the Cougars in a high scoring affair.

BYU 91  Mississippi 78




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