NCAA Tournament 2011: Predicting the Winners and Losers for Thursday's Games

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NCAA Tournament 2011: Predicting the Winners and Losers for Thursday's Games
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The 2011 NCAA Tournament resumes Thursday with four fantastic Sweet 16 match-ups.

The West regional from Anaheim, California, features the Aztecs of San Diego State battling the Connecticut Huskies, followed by Duke vs. Arizona.  

The Southeast regional from New Orleans, pits the Florida Gators against the BYU Cougars and Cinderella Butler Bulldogs against the Wisconsin Badgers.

All four games have compelling storylines or players that constitute must-see TV.  

In UConn-San Diego State: Can the Aztecs advance to the Elite Eight playing a virtual home game? Can Jim Calhoun finally win a game against a team that is playing in its home state?

In BYU-Florida: Can star guard Jimmer Fredette avoid the shooting skids and keep his Cougars marching deeper into the Dance? Can the Gators continue their unheralded run by knocking off the most dynamic perimeter scorer remaining?

In Butler-Wisconsin: Can Butler coach Brad Stevens coax another Final Four run out of his Cinderella squad? Can Bo Ryan reverse the curse on his late-March track record?

In Arizona-Duke: Can Derrick Williams, the Player of the Year in my book, carry the Wildcats past the reigning Champs? How does Duke contain Williams?

There are no duds on the Thursday slate and a lot of coin-flip games. Here are my predictions for the Sweet 16's first day.   

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