2009 Men's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Picks: East Region, March 26

Ryan BrennanSenior Analyst IMarch 23, 2009

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 22:  DeJuan Blair #45 of the Pittsburgh Panthers reacts after a basket late in the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the University of Dayton Arena on March 22, 2009 in Dayton, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Hopefully you've had a chance to check out our site by now—The Sports Chat Place—where we've been doing College Hoops Picks Against the Spread all season. There are five of us from The Sports Chat Place 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 casually), you have read something by one of us.

For the first round of the NCAA Tournament, we decided to put together a few articles with all of our quick picks against the spread. The idea is that everyone uses the same line, and is allowed to put their pick and 1-2 sentences. Because of all the feedback we received from the first round articles, we've decided to do it again for the Sweet 16!

In the first round articles, I mentioned that we had more than 500,000 hits since the site went up at the end of January. We now have amassed more than 650,000 hits—what a week!

NCAA Tournament Sweet 16—East Region

Thursday, March 26, 2009


No. 1 Pittsburgh vs. No. 4 Xavier
7:27 PM ET

No. 4 Xavier27-712-417-10-1174772.562.6
No. 1 Pittsburgh30-415-316-11-12877.864.0


No. 4 Xavier46.539.140.033.467.442.55.413.414.85.0
No. 1 Pittsburgh48.340.735.533.067.642.87.017.912.23.9


Line: Pittsburgh -7.0

Mitch: Xavier +7.0—Too many points against a team with too much history of tourney success.
Dave: Xavier +7.0—Pitt has been exposed.
Ryan: Pitt -7.0—Pitt is 0-2 ATS in the tourney, while Xavier is 2-0. Pitt gets their first win ATS with a great game from Blair and Young, and advance to the Elite 8 for the first time since the Tournament expanded.
Shaun: Pitt -7.0—Pitt finally gets the Sweet 16 monkey off its back.
Steve: Xavier +7.0—Pitt will get the win….barely….but Xavier is relentless. Quit is not in their vocabulary.


No. 2 Duke vs. No. 3 Villanova
9:57 PM ET

No. 3 Villanova28-713-516-14133177.067.1
No. 2 Duke30-611-515-15-11178.165.6


No. 3 Villanova45.740.636.533.974.641.
No. 2 Duke44.943.435.534.272.839.28.413.512.34.0


Line: Duke -2.0

Mitch: Duke -2.0—I have trouble going against coach K with nearly a week to prepare.
Dave: Villanova +2.0—Like the mid 80's Nova team on the court, hopefully not the same off.
Ryan: Villanova +2.0—It'll be a dogfight to the wire, but the threes won't be falling the same way against Nova that they were against the Longhorns.
Shaun: Duke -2.0—'Nova gives Duke its best shot, but Coach K leads his team into the Elite 8.
Steve: Villanova +2.0—In a game with great guard play all over the court, 'Nova's guards are just a bit better.


If you enjoyed these picks, please check out The Sports Chat Place, where we will be previewing and picking every game that March Madness has to offer!

Please take a look at our other Sweet 16 Picks!

Midwest Region (Mar. 27)
South Region (Mar. 27)
West Region (Mar. 26)