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

Ryan BrennanSenior Analyst IMarch 23, 2009

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 21:  Ty Lawson #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts after scoring a basket against the Louisiana State University Tigers during the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 21, 2009 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/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—South Region

Friday, March 27, 2009


No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 4 Gonzaga
9:57 PM ET

No. 4 Gonzaga28-514-015-14-1269279.061.9
No. 1 North Carolina30-413-311-17-232290.372.3


No. 4 Gonzaga48.937.239.434.472.840.97.315.211.35.1
No. 1 North Carolina48.141.137.735.076.445.88.618.212.75.4


Line: UNC -8.5

Mitch: Gonzaga +8.5—Outright!
Dave: Gonzaga +8.5—4 is the over/under on how many times Roy replaces starters en mass when mad.
Ryan: UNC -8.5—The ACC Player of the Year came back in a big way against LSU. Look for him to quiet any additional talk about his toe with another big game against the Zags.
Shaun: Gonzaga +8.5—The Bulldogs will keep this game close, but the Tar Heels still win.
Steve: UNC -8.5—Heels outgun the Zags in a battle of two teams that think "D" is just the fourth letter in the alphabet.


No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Syracuse
7:27 PM ET

No. 3 Syracuse28-911-718-1512780.571.5
No. 2 Oklahoma29-513-315-12-252679.167.3


No. 3 Syracuse48.740.734.328.964.044.07.818.215.45.3
No. 2 Oklahoma49.239.435.634.067.742.06.814.513.74.5


Line: Oklahoma -1.0

Mitch: Oklahoma -1.0—I underestimated this team.
Dave: Syracuse +1.0—This year's National Champs.
Ryan: Oklahoma -1.0—Griffin continues make his bid for National Player of the Year, and has a big game against the zone-D.
Shaun: Syracuse +1.0—Boeheim out-coaches Capel down the stretch.
Steve: Syracuse +1.0—Griffin will get his, along with fouling out one or two SU forwards. But OU won't solve the 2-3 and Jonny Flynn is a difference maker.


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)
West Region (Mar. 26)