Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Tourney picks

Maine 65, Stony Brook 64 ... got to pick the Black Bears here. Hopefully the club can put together 40 minutes of basketball and we'll get to see them on Saturday. The return of Junior Bernal should help. Maine is 1-2 all-time in play-in games. Let's make it .500.
UMBC 75, Maine 61 ... As much as we'll be pulling for the upset of the tourney, it just doesn't look realistic. The Retrievers have been real consistent for the better part of two months, they've got a number of offensive weapons and the Black Bears have been fading. But you never know ... if somebody gets hot, the Black Bears keep the turnovers under 15 and dig in and play some defense?
Binghamton 53, Vermont 52 ... Don't let Vermont's scoring outburst in the season finale against the Black Bears fool you, this game could be played in the 40s if the shooting is off. Neither team will back down, so it'll come down to toughness and we'll give the edge to the Bearcats on their home court.
Hartford 75, UNH 72 ... This figures to be maybe the most entertaining game of the quarterfinal bracket. Both teams are capbable of knocking down 3s in bunches. The Wildcats are the trendy pick in this one, and it does appear this is the best matchup they could hope for coming out of the seven slot. But don't underestimate the Hawks. Leibovitz has them playing together.
Albany 68, Boston U. 67 ... BU's got Corey Lowe and John Holland, two of the better players in AE the past month, but Albany is comfortable at the Events Center.
UMBC 78, Binghamton 69 ... The Zoo Crew is in full roar, but UMBC just has too many weapons.
Albany 65, Hartford 64 ... Great Danes lean on Brian Lillis, Brent Wilson, Jon Iati and they come through, again.
UMBC 84, Albany 67 ... Two years ago, Retrievers were in the AE play-in round. Now they're headed for a little bigger stage, the NCAA Tournament.
Players to watch
Stony Brook: Ricky Lucas
Maine: Mark Socoby
UMBC: Jay Greene, Ray Barbosa, Brian Hodges, Daryl Proctor
Binghamton: Mike Gordon, Lazar Trifunovic, Dwayne Jackson
Vermont: Marqus Blakely, Mike Trimboli
Hartford: Morgan Sabia, Joe Zeglinski
New Hampshire: Tyrece Gibbs, Mike Christensen
Albany: Brian Lillis, Jon Iati
Boston U.: Corey Lowe, John Holland
Super frosh
Tyrone Conley, Dane Diliegro, Alvin Abreu, New Hampshire; Morgan Sabia, Hartford; John Holland, Boston U.; Sean McNally, Maine

1 comment:

Rocko said...

I look for the tournament to be wild & wooly this year. One thing's for sure. ... if UMBC doesn't win it, America East's NCAA rep likely will be playing in the play-in ("Opening Round") game.

Stony over Maine (end of an era in Orono?)

UMBC over Stony
Binghamton over Vermont
Hartford over UNH
BU over Albany

Binghamton over UMBC
BU over Hartford

BU over Binghamton