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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 12:00 AM

 

 

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT’S SWEET 16 –

WE HAVE OUR ANNUAL TOURNEY BREAKDOWN CHART

PLUS, QUICK-HITTER SKETCHES OF ALL THE TEAMS

STILL STANDING IN THIS YEAR’S “BIG DANCE”

 

The NCAA Tournament’s first full week of play produced a grand total of only seven outright upsets – and one almost giant upset (see UCF vs. Duke) – but as we gather the troops for the Sweet 16 beginning Thursday night in Louisville and Anaheim ‘ya do gotta wonder if any of these eight regional semifinal games will deliver a big upset or two and do keep in mind that right now there are five games with spreads of 5-or-more points …

 

Here’s the lowdown beginning Thursday:

In Louisville …

Tennessee (- 1) vs. Purdue, 7:29 p.m. ET

Virginia (- 8.5) vs. Oregon, approximately 9:57 p.m.ET

 

In Anaheim …

Gonzaga (- 7.5) vs. Florida State, 7:08 p.m. ET

Michigan (- 2) vs. Texas Tech, approximately 9:39 p.m. ET

 

On Friday …

In Washington, D.C…

Michigan State (- 6) vs. LSU, 7:09 p.m. ET

Duke (- 7.5) vs. Virginia Tech, approximately 9:39 p.m. ET

 

In Kansas City …

North Carolina (- 5) vs. Auburn, 7:29 p.m. ET

Kentucky (- 2.5) vs. Houston, approximately 9:59 p.m.

 

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NCAA TOURNAMENT POINTSPREAD BREAKDOWN CHART

Here’s a look at how all of this year’s conferences / leagues have fared thus far in the NCAA Tournament while heading into Thursday’s Sweet 16:

CONF/LEAGUE                      WON              LOST               TIED                PCT

Atlantic Sun                          2                      0                      0                      1.000

America East                         1                      0                      0                      1.000

Big South                               1                      0                      0                      1.000

Ivy League                             1                      0                      0                      1.000

MAAC                                     1                      0                      0                      1.000

MEAC                                     1                      0                      0                      1.000

Missouri Valley                     1                      0                      0                      1.000

Patriot                                    1                      0                      0                      1.000

WAC                                       1                      0                      0                      1.000

Ohio Valley                            3                      1                      0                       .750

Big 10                                     10                   5                      0                        .667

American Athletic                4                      2                      0                        .667

Pac-12                                    4                      2                      0                      .667

Big 12                                     6                      4                      0                      .600

Big West                                1                      1                      0                      .500

Mid-American                      1                      1                      0                      .500

Northeast                              1                      1                      0                      .500

Southern                                1                      1                      0                      .500

Summit                                  1                      1                      0                      .500

ACC                                         4                      8                      0                      .333

SEC                                          4                      8                      0                      .333

West Coast                            1                      2                      0                      .333

Big East                                  1                      4                      0                      .200

Big Sky                                    0                      1                      0                      .000

Colonial                                  0                      1                      0                      .000

Conference USA                   0                      1                      0                      .000

Horizon League                    0                      1                      0                      .000

Southland                              0                      1                      0                      .000

SWAC                                     0                      1                      0                      .000

Sun Belt                                 0                      1                      0                      .000

Atantic-10                             0                      2                      0                      .000

Mountain West                    0                      2                      0                      .000

 

Note the so-called “power conferences” – that’s the ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC – are a combined 29-31 ATS (against the spread) this year in NCAA Tournament action while the non-power conferences are 23-21 versus the vig … so maybe there should have been a couple more representatives from the smaller / mid-major leagues instead of slugs such as St. John’s, Syracuse and Ole Miss. Eh?

Also, take note that Duke, LSU and Tennessee enter Sweet 16 play without a single pointspread win so far … not usually the formula for winning it all!

 

NCAA TOURNAMENT – THE SWEET 16

Here’s some quick numbers-oriented one-liners on the 16 surviving members of this on-going NCAA Tourney with their regional seeds listed below:

 

EAST –

#1 DUKE (31-5) – The Blue Devils attempted only a dozen free throws (making 7 of ‘em) in last Sunday’s hang-on-for-dear-life 77-76 win against UCF.

#2 MICHIGAN STATE (30-6) – The Spartans have won 67 NCAA Tournament games in their history, most in the Big 10.

#3 LSU (28-6) – Bengals’ star F Darius Days produced a 10-point / 5-rebound game in just 15 minutes of play in the 69-67 non-cover win against Maryland.

#4 VIRGINIA TECH (26-8) – How can V-Tech hang tough against Duke? Keep turnovers to a minimum as the Hokies did with just 7 miscues in last Sunday’s 67-58 triumph over Liberty.

 

 

WEST –

#1 GONZAGA (32-3) – C’mon, did F Brandon Clarke really shoot 15-of-18 from the floor for 36 points in that 83-71 non-cover win against Baylor last weekend!

#2 MICHIGAN (30-6) – Hard to believe the maize-and-blue is 30-3 SU (straight-up) against everyone not named Michigan State this year.

#3 TEXAS TECH (28-6) – In that rollicking 78-58 win against Buffalo, the T-Tech Red Raiders actually went on a 27-3 scoring run that spanned both halves … wow.

#4 FLORIDA STATE (29-7) – The ‘Noles are not adverse to getting dirt under their fingernails as 45-to-26 rebound advantage proved against Murray State

 

 

SOUTH –

#1 VIRGINIA (31-3) – Dee-fense, dee-fense! The Wahoos held Oklahoma to 19-of-52 shooting in the eventual 63-51 win/cover in Round of 32 action.

#2 TENNESSEE (31-5) – Forget blowing that 25-point lead last weekend against Iowa, these Vols didn’t get a single assist in 24 minutes from G Admiral Schofield.

#3 PURDUE (25-9) – Best of the Boilermakers in that 87-61 demolition of ‘Nova last weekend was G Carsen Edwards with 42 points but 7-foot-3 Matt Haarms (18 points /rebounds) set the stage early.

#12 OREGON (25-12) – Quack, quack: The red-hot Ducks shot 13-of-25 from trey-land to KO the kids from UC-Irvine 73-54.

 

 

MIDWEST –

#1 NORTH CAROLINA (29-6) – How about that 48-to-24 board advantage for the Tar Heels in last Sunday’s sparkling 81-59 triumph over Washington?

#2 KENTUCKY (29-6) – Wanna win these close tourney games? Hit your free throws as the ‘Cats did (17-of-20 against Wofford) last weekend in Jacksonville.

#3 HOUSTON (33-3) – These Coogs don’t mess around on “D” as evidenced by Ohio State’s shabby 19-of-49 FGs in last weekend’s 74-59 win/cover by the AAC gang.

#5 AUBURN (28-9) – No doubt War Eagle was supreme in that 89-75 Round of 32 win against Kansas but how about the 17-to-7 assists-to-turnover ratio?

 

 

NOTE: We’ve got NCAA Basketball coverage all this weekend right here at Jim Sez – so don’t miss out and make sure you’re rollin’ up all the winners at 1-800-323-4453 or right here online at www.jimhurley.com

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