Pittsburgh-Villanova: 2009 Men's NCAA Tournament East Region Elite Eight Picks

Ryan BrennanSenior Analyst IMarch 27, 2009

BOSTON - MARCH 26:  DeJuan Blair #45 of the Pittsburgh Panthers takes the floor before taking on the Xavier Musketeers during the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regionals at TD Banknorth Garden on March 26, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hopefully you've had a chance to check out our site by now—The Sports Chat Place—where we've been doing college hoops picks against the spread all season.

There are five of us from The Sports Chat Place who also write on B/R: Ryan, Mitch, Dave, Shaun, and Steve. There is a very good chance that, if you have been following college basketball this season (even casually), you have read something by one of us.

During the NCAA Tournament, we have put together a few articles with all of our quick picks against the spread. The idea is that everyone uses the same line, and is allowed to put their pick and one to two sentences.

In the Sweet 16 write-ups, I mentioned that the site had more than 650,000 hits (after having just over 500,000 at the start of the tournament). We now have over 700,000 hits since the site went up at the beginning of January!

Thank you to everyone who has checked out our site!


NCAA Tournament Elite Eight—East Region

Saturday, March 28, 2009


No. 1 Pittsburgh vs. No. 3 Villanova
7:05 PM ET

 RecordConfATSRPISOSPFPA
No. 3 Villanova29-713-517-14133177.067.1
No. 1 Pittsburgh31-415-316-12-12878.064.3
 FG%D. FG%3P%D. 3P%FT%RPGSPGAPGTPGBPG
No. 3 Villanova45.740.636.533.974.641.28.115.013.43.3
No. 1 Pittsburgh48.340.935.633.467.542.86.917.912.23.9

Line: Pitt -2.0

Mitch: Pitt -2.0—Maybe 'Nova left it all on the court against the Dukies?
Dave: 'Nova +2.0—Freight train heading into Indy.
Ryan: Pitt -2.0—Blair stays out of foul trouble and dominates the frontcourt as the Panthers finally get rolling.
Shaun: Pitt -2.0—Levance Fields and the Panthers are on a mission and will win the rematch against 'Nova.
Steve: 'Nova +2.0—Villanova is red hot while Pitt is lucky to be alive. 'Nova's guard play will dictate the outcome of this one.


If you enjoyed these picks, please check out The Sports Chat Place, where we will be previewing and picking every game that March Madness has to offer!

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