Finally the bracket is official, here are the match ups:
6. Ohio St vs. 11 Dayton 12:15PM
3. Syracuse v 14. Western Michigan 2:45PM
7. UConn v 10 St Joe's 6:55PM
2. Villanova v 15. UW Milwaukee 9:30PM
Ohio St v Dayton is the first game of the tournament pitting two teams separated by about 60 miles. OSU is -6 o/u 130.5. Big Ten v Atlantic Ten is an intriguing match up. Ohio St has been up and down all season and is lucky to be a six seed really. Dayton was one of the last teams into the field. Expect a lot of Ohio residents in town.
Syracuse v W Michigan also an early game match up is pretty much a snoozer. Anyone that watched the MAC at all this season knows it was a down year (UB beat WM by 21 points earlier this season in Amherst). and Syracuse is over hyped and over rated because the media loves them and probably graduated from there. Cuse is -12 o/u 128. The only joy I will take out of this game is the idea the Orange could get bounced on day one in Buffalo and all their fat orange fans will be crying back down the 90.
Syracuse v Ohio St sounds like a very good Saturday match up though. So let's go chalk here.
Uconn v St Joe's is the best game of the day. The Huskies are -4.5 o/u 130. The A10 has six teams in the field compared to the AAC only getting four teams in. Uconn's conference was obviously top heavy but from top to bottowm the A10 has the better conference. I still expect the best back court in the country to prevail even if a lot of prognosticators like the underdog Hawks. Joe's was a bubble team until they got hot and won the A10 tournament but will their momentum carry over to Thursday? Doubt it.
Villanova v Milwaukee should be another sleeper. The Wildcats are -16.5 o/u 140. I don't even know what conference Mil is in, Horizon maybe? Nova seemed to me to be over hyped all season and fell flat in the Big East tournament. Are they a true two seed? Before the tournament they only lost to two teams (Syracuse and twice to Creighton) and have a nice win over Kansas.
UCONN v Villanova may be the game of the tournament pitting two former Big East rivals against each other. Get your popcorn ready.