NCAA 2011 Bracket: Can UTSA Make History Vs. Ohio State?
NCAA 2011 Bracket Features Plenty of Fantastic Matchups, But Can the Roadrunners Make History Against the Buckeyes?
Will this be the year? Can history finally be made? Does one of the 16 seeds in the 2011 NCAA tournament bracket have what it takes to knock off a No. 1 seed and get over the hump?
The first matchup on your bracket will pit the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners, in what promises to be a decent matchup, simply because the Roadrunners can do just that: eat up road.
Led by guards Devin Moore and Melvin Johnson III, and forward Jeromie Hill, UTSA has a trio of talented, athletic players on which it can rely. The Roadrunners can fly, averaging 70 points per game, but their defense leaves much to be desired.
In the end, there's a reason the Buckeyes were the tournament's top overall seed: balance. They get strong guard play from David Lighty and John Diebler in the backcourt, and William Buford, Dallas Lauderdale and Jared Sullinger in the front.
Few teams can attack you with so many weapons, and fewer still can handle all of the angles from which Ohio State can attack. They don't run you out of the gym so much as grind you into dust, and the Roadrunners should be overmatched from the opening tip.
Sure, UTSA's offense gives them a puncher's chance, but are you really going to bet on the top overall seed losing in the first round, to a team already tired from it's play-in game? Neither am I.
Final Score: Ohio State 85, UTSA 67.
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