Tonight it all begins again, get out the chips, beers and party hats to watch the NCAA Tourney on the tele. Here's what we think the outcomes will be:Kansas (1) vs. Southern-Illinois (4) (7:10 pm)
- Many say SIU doesn't get much respect, well they are going to earn any tonight. Kansas flat-out has better athleticism and comes from a lot tougher league where they only lost 2 Big 12 games. Anything can happen yes, but not tonight for the Salukis. Got to go with Kansas.Pittsburgh (3)vs. UCLA (2) (9:40 pm)
- Battle of Ben Howland vs. Jamie Dixon. As we both know Howland used to coach the Panthers and they still run the same system that was employed by Howland during his tenure at Pitt. Plus the game is in San Jose, a hell of a lot closer to L.A. than Pittsburgh. It will be pretty much a home game for the Bruins in that regard. UCLA prevails.Texas A&M (3) vs. Memphis (2) (7:27 pm)
Winning 24 straight games is nothing to turn your nose to for Memphis. However, like UCLA, Texas A&M will be in front of a favorable crowd in San Antonio a two and a half hour ride from the Aggie campus. Memphis ran the table in a week C-USA. Four of A&M's six losses this season came from teams that made the NCAA Tournament (Texas Tech (2), UCLA, and Texas), Memphis has won 10 straight games in the state of Texas and Calipari has the Tigers on all cylinders. On the other hand, Texas A&M just came off a victory over Louisville who was playing as good of ball as anyone in the country. This is the toughest call of the four games. The choice....A&M.Tennessee (5) vs. Ohio State (1)(9:57 pm)
If Oden gets in foul trouble again it's gonna be a long night for the Matta and Bucks. They met earlier in the season in Columbus with Ohio State winning by 2. This one is going to be close, but unless the Ohio State feeds the beast in middle, Oden, rather than relying on the three, Tennessee will walk away with it. We think Ohio State after and emotional victory on St. Patty's Day over Xavier will advance.