NCAA Bracket 2011: Five Friday Games Sure To Go Down To the Wire
The madness has begun! Yesterday there were seven games decided by five points or less.
There was a fair share of great games that included last second wins by Butler, Morehead State and Temple.
There was also games that were not as great ("yawn" UConn).
Today, there are 16 more games on the schedule. Hopefully, day two of the second round is just as exciting as the first.
Three No. 1 seeds start their journey to the Final Four today. Could one of them be on upset alert?
Here are the five games that you should watch today, because they are sure to go down to the final possession.
No. 11 VCU vs. No. 6 Georgetown
After four straight losses to end the season, Chris Wright returns to the Hoyas lineup in hopes of reversing their fortunes.
Wright has been out the past four games with a broken left hand. After fully practicing this week, he is expected to start today against VCU.
Wright makes this Georgetown team run. Without him, the Hoyas seemed lost on the court in the Big East Tournament. His return should get Georgetown looking like a 21-win team again.
On the other side of the court is VCU, who advanced after a convincing first round win over USC.
VCU's offense is a mirror of the Hoyas. VCU runs their game through their big man, Jamie Skeen. Skeen was one rebound shy of a double double after leading the team with 16 points in the matchup with the Trojans.
The opposing styles of play in this game make it a sure bet to be one to watch today.
The return of Chris Wright should help Georgetown, but how will the rest of the team respond in his first game back?
No. 16 Boston U. vs. No. 1 Kansas
Here is my stretch of the day: Kansas will have trouble putting away No. 16 Boston U.
Boston U. is on a tear. They have won 11 straight, as well as winning the America East Title.
The Terriers are led by their senior combo guard, John Holland. Holland led the America East Conference averaging over 19 points per game. He also leads the team in rebounds and steals.
The problem with Boston U. though is that after Holland, their talent level drops significantly.
Kansas does not have that problem. Bill Self and the Jayhawks have five or six players that can take over any game.
The Morris brothers lead a very balanced attack on offense. Tyshawn Taylor, the team's spark plug, has been on fire as of late scoring 35 points over the last two games.
This game will be a great one to watch because I see Kansas not being able to shut down Mr. Holland. However, I do see Kansas advancing. They just have too many weapons.
No. 9 Villanova vs. No. 8 George Mason
Villanova started off the season 17-2 but limped to a 21-11 finish. Doing some math, that is 4-9 going down the stretch, which includes wins over weaker teams like Rutgers and Seton Hall.
Villanova has been faltering down the stretch due to a lack of depth and inconsistency. They are led by senior guards Corey Stokes and Corey Fisher.
Fisher is the more inconsistent player, so he is the one to watch today. Fisher can either drop 25 points or he can be totally cancelled out by the defense and struggle to score 10.
George Mason comes into the game winners of 16 of 17. The Patriots are led by guards of their own. Cam Long and Andre Cornelius average about a combined 25 ppg.
I give the final edge to George Mason in this one because of their front court. Both teams have good guards, but the Patriots should be able to abuse Antonio Pena and Mouphtaou Yarou down low.
No. 11 Marquette vs. No. 6 Xavier
Expect a shootout in this 11-6 matchup.
Marquette, who led the Big East in scoring this season, is led by the duo of Jimmy Butler and Darius Johnson-Odom. Together they put up over 30 points per game.
I love Marquette's front court, but will their back court be able to contain Xavier's huge threat?
Xavier has one of the nation's leading scorers in Tu Holloway. Holloway is averaging over 20 points a game and he also averages over five assists. His ability to score and dish gives opposing teams nightmares.
Xavier also has a couple big bodies down low including Kenny Frease, who should be able to cancel out one of Marquette's big men.
It will be a battle of the Golden Eagles' front court vs. the Musketeers back court. I give the edge to Xavier.
No. 10 Georgia vs. No. 7 Washington
This game may be the best one of the day.
The two trendy upset picks in the third round square off against one another in a Pac 10/SEC battle.
Washington and Isaiah Thomas are coming off a thrilling Pac 10 Championship, beating Arizona in the final seconds of OT.
Thomas leads this Huskies team, along with big man Matthew Bryan-Amaning. The Junior-Senior combo provided the leadership and the offense to sustain their 23 win season this year.
Georgia is led by two big men of their own, Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie, who combine for 30 points and almost 15 rebounds a night.
This game will be another matchup between a team's back court and a frontcourt.
Here I see Washington's back court being too much. They will be too fast for Georgia.