2008 Sweet Sixteen Picks
March madness is in full swing and as usual it has not disappointed! The first full weekend has come and gone and it was full of drama, great individual play, upsets and buzzer beaters that will go down in history. All of that has led up to a great stage for the sweet sixteen for this weekend. In the second part of this series we turn to the underdogs that can make a difference in this round. Teams that advance this far often despise the tag of Cinderella team because they believe in themselves and know that they can advance further and shock the world! In part two of this series the focus shifts to those teams that may surprise and go far in the tournament.
Davidson — It is completely unfair to call this team an underdog. If anything you may have been able to call them an unknown until last week when everyone found out just what Davidson was all about. They showed true merit and heart when they came back from a 17 point deficit to shock the world and bounce the Georgetown Hoyas from the big dance. They have one plenty of games and have had a serious non conference schedule this year playing teams that are still left in this tournament like UCLA and North Carolina. Davidson is playing much better than a 10 seed and has shown they have the ability to advance deep in this tournament. They even have a star player in Stephen Curry who averaged 25 points a game this year and had an amazing 30 in the win over Georgetown. Badger fans should be on high alert this weekend when Davidson comes to town.
Michigan St. — Many experts to include my self in the Bang the Book Bracket Breakdwon had the Spartans leaving early from the N CAA tournament, yet they have survived and prospered. Unlike other team Michigan St relishes the underdog role as a five seed as the face Memphis in the sweet sixteen. Unlike Memphis they can hit free throws and do well when they get to the charity stripe. In fact this is one of the most fundamentally sound teams in the tournament. The coaching aspect is also a key one for this team as Tom Izzo knows how to motivate a team and get them to play at another level when they are in the tournament. They have sharp shooters and experience to stun Memphis and move to the next level.
Louisville— Tennessee is one of the best teams still in the tournament but Louisville has what it takes to upset the volunteers especially if they keep shooting as well as they have. The Cardinals have shot an amazing 58% tournament. The Cardinals have a slew of talent to throw at Tennessee and are well coached enough to make a move.
Whether it sis the highly touted favorites of the Cinderella slipper wearing teams this weekend one thing can be assured the action will be plentiful for must see college hoops this weekend!
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