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

Ryan BrennanSenior Analyst IMarch 23, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - MARCH 21:  Kemba Walker #15, Jonathan Mandeldove #32, A.J. Price #12,  Stanley Robinson #21, Jeff Adrien #4 and Hasheem Thabeet #34 of the Connecticut Huskies show camaraderie for their team during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies during the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Wachovia Center on March 21, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Huskies defeated the Aggies 92-66.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/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 one or two 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—West Region

Thursday, Mar. 26, 2009


No. 1 Connecticut vs. No. 5 Purdue
7:07 PM ET

No. 5 Purdue26-911-717-16202869.359.4
No. 1 Connecticut28-415-314-1482978.563.5


No. 5 Purdue44.438.934.932.870.637.
No. 1 Connecticut47.537.434.530.667.745.75.915.912.57.8


Line: UConn -6.5

Mitch: Purdue +6.5—Like the points at the very least.
Dave: Purdue +6.5—Big Ten makes a statement.
Ryan: UConn -6.5—UConn dominates the frontcourt behind Thabeet and Adrien (Johnson and Hummel don't stand a chance) as the Huskies get it done by double-digits.
Shaun: Purdue +6.5—The Boilermakers will keep it close and might even take down the top-seeded Huskies.
Steve: UConn -6.5—Purdue had a nice win over Washington, but they're still a soft team. Too much UConn.


No. 2 Memphis vs. No. 3 Missouri
9:37 PM ET

No. 3 Missouri28-612-416-9-1103881.066.3
No. 2 Memphis32-316-021-10-174974.757.6


No. 3 Missouri47.241.435.530.767.439.510.418.512.13.8
No. 2 Memphis44.836.732.929.769.542.48.914.212.56.0


Line: Memphis -4.5

Mitch: Memphis -4.5—Mizzou is just looking for a place to lay down.
Dave: Memphis -4.5—The North Ridge scare has them refocused.
Ryan: Memphis -4.5—Memphis is focused and out for blood. Anyone on Mizzou willing to speak out and say that Memphis would have a losing record if they played in the Big 12?
Shaun: Memphis -4.5—Memphis will slow things down to make Mizzou play in the half court.
Steve: Mizzou +4.5—Memphis will get the win because of their D, but the Tigers beat a Marquette team with a better back court than Memphis.


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)
East Region (Mar. 26)
South Region (Mar. 27)