Breaking Down the Brackets: Sweet 16 Friday Games

M. S.Correspondent IMarch 27, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 26: The bench of the Memphis Tigers looks on in the final moments of their 102-91 loss to the Missouri Tigers in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the University of Phoenix Stadium on March 26, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Well I went three out of four last night, not knowing that Missouri was going to absolutely embarass what I called a “great” Memphis defense. 

The Big East won the last three games of the night and will look to put two more of their own into the Elite Eight tonight. 

Here are Friday’s games.


No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 12 Arizona

I have liked Arizona all year and they are truly the only Cinderalla left in the Big Dance, but their run comes to an end tonight when they face the overall the No. 1 seed Lousville Cardinals.

Terrance Williams has been outstanding and the Wildcats will have trouble guarding Earl Clark.  This should equal easy buckets for ‘Ville, especially in transition against a much slower Arizona team. 

Louisville 81, Arizona 66

No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Syracuse

It will be interesting to see how Blake Griffin matches up against the 2-3 zone that Syracuse so often likes to go to during pressure games. 

I do not think it will be an issue for him and look for him and Austin Johnson to both have a big games. 

I have liked Johnson all year but he has not really busted out in a game, yet. 

While it may be even tougher to do against Johnny Flynn, I smell a big one from him. 

In the end, Oklahoma will be too much with the tandem of the Griffins, Warren, and my boy Johnson. 

Oklahoma 78, Syracuse 77

No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 3 Kansas

It’s never a safe bet to go against Tom Izzo in the tournament, but I really like the Jayhawks. 

Sherron Collins always comes to play and Cole Aldrich is playing the best basketball of any big man in the tournament right now, notching a triple-double in his last game. 

Michigan State won in East Lansing in this matchup earlier in the year, but I like Kansas to get their revenge and move into the Elite Eight. 

Kansas 74, Michigan State 70

No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 4 Gonzaga

I was watching ESPN today and for some reason Gonzaga is getting a lot of love.

Now whether it is based on their inability to stop crying over mid-majors or whether it is Ty Lawsons big toe, ESPN has no basis for this whatsoever. 

Tyler Hansbrough is a man on a mission to get to the championship game and win it in his senior year, an a team that beat Western Kentucky on a last second shot will not get in his way. 

I have liked the Zags all year, but the run ends tonight. 

North Carolina 88, Gonzaga 80