March Madness 2011 Predictions: Can UT San Antonio Take Down Alabama State?
March Madness Predictions 2011 Bring Us Play-In Action; Can Roadrunners Stop Hornets In Their Tracks?
The 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament gets underway on Tuesday, as a quarter of play-in games tip off in Dayton, Ohio, to determine four of the teams to play in the 64-team tournament kicking off Thursday.
One of those play-ins pits the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners against the Alabama State Hornets, for the 16th seed in the East Region. The Roadrunners come into the dance with a fairly solid offense, averaging over 70 points per game.
Led by dynamic guard Devin Gibson, UTSA's offense is better than your average 16-seed, but their defense, which allows over 69 points per game, leaves much to be desired. They've got the skills to make it into the full field, but they face a stern challenge in the Hornets.
Alabama State is led by forward Tramayne Moore, but the Hornets struggle to find the basket with consistency, averaging just over 61 points per game. As if that weren't enough, they struggle stopping other teams from scoring, and actually allowed more points per game (63.6) than they scored (61.3).
In the end, don't look for the Hornets to stick around too long in this year's Bigger Dance, falling to the superior offense of the Roadrunners, and becoming one of the first four teams sent home. In the end, it won't matter too much either way, as these schools are battling for the right to get creamed by Ohio State in the next round, anyway.
Final Score: UTSA 75, Alabama State 63.
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