2009 Men's NCAA Tournament First Round Picks: South Region, March 19

Ryan BrennanSenior Analyst IMarch 16, 2009

At CBBPlace.com, we've been doing College Basketball Picks Against the Spread all season. There are five of us from CBBPlace who also write on B/R: Ryan, Mitch, Dave, Shaun, and Steve. There is a very good chance that if you have been following college basketball this season (even just casually), you have read something by one of us.

With that in mind, we have decided to do our first ever collaboration article—we are all going to do quick picks against the spread for the NCAA Tournament, and they will be posted in a series of articles broken out by the date of the game and region of the tournament.

We have posted well over 1,000 Free Picks Against the Spread this season and have amassed more than 500,000 hits since the site went up at the end of January! The bottom line: Hopefully we know a little something about the teams involved in these games!


NCAA Tournament—South Region

Thursday, March 19


No. 1 UNC vs. No. 16 Radford
2:50 PM EST

No. 1 UNC28-413-39-17-290.272.8
No. 16 Radford21-1115-32-176.071.0


No. 1 UNC48.041.537.635.
No. 16 Radford46.939.735.433.167.944.86.814.316.34.6


Line: UNC -27.0

Mitch: UNC -27.0 — So Radford deserves to be in over Penn State or Auburn?
Dave: UNC -27.0 — UNC needs to make a statement.
Ryan: UNC -27.0 — Hopefully Ty Lawson is back in the mix for the Tar Heels.
Shaun: UNC -27.0 — The Tar Heels will roll into the second round.


No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 15 Morgan State
9:40 PM EST

No. 2 Oklahoma27-513-313-12-279.267.8
No. 15 Morgan St.23-1113-34-467.061.8


No. 2 Oklahoma48.939.835.834.
No. 15 Morgan St.42.440.234.029.865.142.06.611.313.23.2


Line: Oklahoma -17.0

Mitch: Oklahoma -17.0 — This is a tough draw.
Dave: Oklahoma -17.0 — I think many go against OU here. I look for a rally. OU needs a hit man to protect their star.
Ryan: Oklahoma -17.0 — The Sooners bounce back after the one-point loss to OSU in the Big 12 Tourney.
Shaun: Oklahoma -17.0 — The Sooners have a lot to prove to themselves and will come out in a blaze.


No. 4 Gonzaga vs. No. 13 Akron
7:25 PM EST

No. 4 Gonzaga26-514-015-1378.961.3
No. 13 Akron23-1210-617-12-166.859.8


No. 4 Gonzaga48.736.739.433.571.141.47.515.111.55.2
No. 13 Akron41.940.032.928.970.937.77.712.313.82.3


Line: Gonzaga -10.0

Mitch: Gonzaga -10.0 — The MAC is TERRIBLE.
Dave: Gonzaga -10.0 — Zaga comes battle tested.
Ryan: Gonzaga -10.0 — Gonzaga played a tough OOC schedule this season so they come ready. They're on a nine-game win streak, and have won by an average of 37 points in March.
Shaun: Gonzaga -10.0 — This is one of Gonzaga's strongest teams in the past few years.


No. 5 Illinois vs. No. 12 Western Kentucky
9:55 PM EST

No. 5 Illinois24-911-717-1364.656.6
No. 12 Western Kentucky24-815-314-1371.866.3


No. 5 Illinois45.939.335.329.
No. 12 Western Kentucky44.843.336.634.770.039.35.713.313.33.2


Line: Illinois -3.5

Mitch: Illinois -3.5 — Too many people already on the Hilltoppers.
Dave: Illinois -3.5 — Biscuit in the basket. If Illini can do that, they win.
Ryan: WKU +3.5 — Yeah, yeah, WKU beat Louisville earlier this season. But more importantly, Chester Frazier has been out for the Illini, and they clearly struggled without their senior point guard.
Shaun: WKU +3.5 — The Hilltoppers will take this game to the buzzer and may even pull off this year's trendy 5-12 upset.


No. 7 Clemson vs. No. 10 Michigan
7:10 PM EST

No. 7 Clemson23-89-713-1179.068.2
No. 10 Michigan20-139-914-967.263.1


No. 7 Clemson46.743.237.935.868.439.69.415.014.45.8
No. 10 Michigan42.743.833.231.475.533.76.515.611.32.7


Line: Clemson -5.5

Mitch: Michigan +5.5 — These guys look pretty excited.
Dave: Michigan +5.5 — Sims and Harris too much.
Ryan: Michigan +5.5 — This one's all about momentum. Clemson peaked way to early.
Shaun: Clemson -5.5 — The Tigers should be able to dominate the Wolverines, who will rely too much on outside shooting.


No. 8 LSU vs. No. 9 Butler
12:20 PM EST

No. 8 LSU26-713-312-1174.965.5
No. 9 Butler26-515-315-13-167.657.4


No. 8 LSU44.640.436.931.171.842.27.615.212.16.1
No. 9 Butler43.938.235.231.872.437.


Line: LSU -2.0

Mitch: Butler +2.0 — This is a coin flip.
Dave: Butler +2.0 — Tourney is made for teams like Butler.
Ryan: Butler +2.0 — LSU won the SEC, but that's not saying too much this season... LSU is 0-1 against the Top 25 and 1-3 against the RPI Top 50 this season, while Butler is 1-1 vs. Top 25 and 2-1 vs. RPI Top 50.
Shaun: Butler +2.0 — Butler will give the Tigers fits and will probably even win this game.


If you enjoyed these picks, please take a look at CBBPlace.com, where we will be picking every March Madness game!


Please take a look at our other NCAA Tournament First Round Picks:

Midwest Region, March 20
East Region, March 19
East Region, March 20
South Region, March 20
West Region, March 19
West Region, March 20