2009 Men's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Picks: Midwest Region, March 27

Ryan BrennanSenior Analyst IMarch 23, 2009

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 20: Head coach Rick Pitino speaks to Terrence Williams #1 of the Louisville Cardinals during a game against the Morehead State Eagles during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the University of Dayton Arena on March 20, 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—Midwest Region

Friday, March 27, 2009


No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 12 Arizona
7:07 PM ET

No. 12 Arizona19-139-919-15623472.568.5
No. 1 Louisville28-516-221-1341173.961.4


No. 12 Arizona47.743.539.435.173.436.76.214.312.63.0
No. 1 Louisville45.439.336.230.664.240.39.316.613.86.1


Line: Louisville -8.5

Mitch: Arizona +8.5—Ville to win, Zona to cover.
Dave: Louisville -8.5—Got the Scare out of the way.
Ryan: Louisville -8.5—Louisville's fast-paced offense and full-court defense will be in full swing after four days of rest and the Wildcats will regress to their end-of-season run form (where they closed out 1-4).
Shaun: Louisville -8.5—The Cardinals should roll through the inconsistent Wildcats.
Steve: Louisville -8.5—Arizona's lack of depth after Budinger, Hill, & Wise along with Cardinal's relentless pressure will take its toll.


No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 3 Kansas
9:37 PM ET

No. 3 Kansas25-714-219-10112077.366.1
No. 2 Michigan State26-615-317-12-16672.162.9


No. 3 Kansas47.938.937.933.873.041.86.916.214.34.2
No. 2 Michigan State45.541.435.131.968.842.56.415.913.92.9


Line: Michigan St. -1.5

Mitch: MSU -1.5—Might be the easiest pick of the round.
Dave: MSU -1.5—Rematch ends same as the first.
Ryan: MSU -1.5—The Spartans win the second round as well.
Shaun: MSU -1.5—The Jayhawks are much-improved since their regular season loss to MSU, but the Spartans still win.
Steve: Kansas +1.5—KU has Collins and Aldrich. MSU doesn't.


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!

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