Friday, January 23, 2009
The first ever Big 5 for basketball is of course heavily focused on the Big East.
5. Maryland Terrapins vs. Duke Blue Devils
The Blue Devils are next in line to take over the #1 seed. Will they give away that opportunity before it comes to fruition? Or will they take care of business on Coach K court against the Terps. As always, here's hoping they lose.
The Pick: Duke by 8
4. Baylor Bears vs. Oklahoma Sooners
Um... When did Baylor get good at basketball? They are currently ranked and only have three losses on the season thus far. Meanwhile, the Sooners seem too physical for the vast majority of their opponents. The Pick: Sooners by 12
3. UConn Huskies vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Ugly White Awkward Power Forward vs. Ugly Black Tall Goofy Center. It's Harngody vs. Thabeet. The Huskies look to knock down the Irish doors with their tremendous depth. The Irish on the other rely on two white guys for the majority of their points. Hmm... Who has the Advantage? The Pick: UConn by 8
2. Louisville Cardinals vs. Syracuse Orangemen
One of two teams left undefeated in Big East play, the #12 Cardinals get to test their fortitude by heading into snowy Syracuse and facing off against the 2-3 zone. The Cardinals up tempo press play, embarrassed Rutgers at the RAC in their last game where the #8 Cuse are looking to get back on track after their 18 point beat down at Pitt.The Pick: Cardinals by 4
1. Pittsburgh Panthers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
In the hoops version of the back yard brawl, the #4 ranked Pitt Panthers head into the Mountain Tops to face formerly ranked West Virginia. The Mountaineers are coming off a throttling of 14th ranked Georgetown and are 14-4. The Panthers bounced back from their first defeat by crushing the Orangemen. This shall be an entertaining rivalry game. The Pick: Pitt by 3