Sweet 16 open thread

After brief hiatus, the NCAA Tourney is back [Sweet 16 Open Thread]

3/28/13 in NCAABB   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 4 Syracuse
Mar 24, 2013; Dayton, OH, USA; Indiana Hoosiers forward Cody Zeller (40) and guard Kevin Ferrell (11) react after scoring against the Temple Owls in the first half during the third round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at University of Dayton Arena. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY SportsEast Region from Washington D.C.
9:45 p.m. ET p.m. ET, CBS
Well, this is quite the battle of heavyweights. This is a rematch of the 1987 National Championship Game in which Keith Smart broke the Orange's (Orangemen at the time) heart. Indiana is one of the top title favorites, but Syracuse poses as big a threat as anyone to the Hoosiers. Syracuse scuffled a bit down the stretch, but was one of the nation's top teams for most of the season. Still, can they match the inside-outside game of Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller? I hope all of you on the east coast have Good Friday off, so you can stay up late and watch what should be a thriller.

My pick: Indiana

No. 9 Wichita State vs. No. 13 La Salle
West Region from Los Angeles
10:17 p.m. ET, TBS
If you had this matchup in the Sweet Sixteen in your bracket -- more power to you, congrats. I didn't. The Explorers represent yet another team that had to play its way into the tournament, but has proceeded to make a surprising run. La Salle downed Boise State just to get into the main bracket, then upset No. 4 Kansas State in the second round and bested Marshall Henderson's Ole Miss squad in the third round. 

But can they keep it up against the aptly-named Shockers, who bounced No. 1 seed Gonzaga to get here? Well, not if Wichita State shoots 50 percent for the field and 50 percent on three pointers like it did in the win over Gonzaga. 

My pick: Wichita State
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3/29/13   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7452 respect

Looking forward, if syracuse keeps it up, Louisville will be in for it if we have to meet again.  Syracuse is holding a grudge from the Big East tournament championship.

3/29/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

I can't complain this year.. My school the Cuse have played out the string all the way...

3/28/13   |   Scott   |   54664 respect

East regional final is going to come down to a pair of Big East teams.  

3/28/13   |   Scott   |   54664 respect

Syracuse's front line has been Cody Zeller's worst nightmare

3/28/13   |   Scott   |   54664 respect

Syracuse's matchup zone is giving the Indiana Hoosiers fits.  My dream of 4 Big Ten teams in the Final Four is looking like it's going to end

3/28/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Miami is in deep trouble as expected.. Teams can on;y over achieve so long and missing a starter.... well... this is college parity time...