NCAA Bracket 2011 Predictions: East and Southeast Region Opening Round

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IMarch 15, 2011

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 12:  Andre Young #11 of the Clemson Tigers pats teammate Milton Jennings #24 on the back during the second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels in the semifinals of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 12, 2011 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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We are officially two days away from the beginning of March Madness betting. Today, there are two game matchups to break down.


Clemson (21-11, 9-7 ACC) vs. UAB (22-8, 12-4 C-USA)

UAB enters this game having won four of their last five contests. The Blazers are led by senior Jamarr Sanders, who averages a team-high 17.7 PPG.

Clemson is coming off of a tough overtime loss to North Carolina and will have their game faces on as they collide with UAB tonight. 

The winner of this battle will advance to the NCAA men's tournament, facing off against fifth-seeded West Virginia.

SBG Spread: UAB is +4.5

Prediction: The Tigers seem to be the better team, but they do hold a lousy 3-7 record on the road. Although this game is being played in a neutral location, UAB could take this college basketball betting game and run with it if they can get off to a hot start. Choose UAB to cover.


UNC Asheville (19-13, 11-7 Big South) vs. AR-Little Rock (19-16, 7-9 Sun Belt)

The UNC Asheville Bulldogs have won six consecutive games and are averaging 74.2 PPG on the season.

Arkansas Little Rock are on a four-game winning streak after dropping three straight games.

The Trojans are led by Solomon Bozeman who is scoring 16.5 PPG.

The winner of this game will face off against Pittsburgh in the first round of the tournament.

Spread: PK

Sportsbook Prediction: The Bulldogs have played very well as of late and should be able to grab the victory in this game.