2010 Bracket Series: West Region- 2nd Round
The West Region 2nd Round has some very intriguing matchups, and only one low seed made it out of the first round: the Murray State Racers on Danero Thomas’ game winning jumper. Murray State has the task of facing a Butler team that has won 21 straight games, and overcame the 12 over 5 curse by dispatching UTEP. This region also features the three second round matchups the committee thought would be perfect, and those matchups will be broken down individually.
(1) Syracuse vs. (8) Gonzaga- This will be probably one of the best games in the second round. Two teams loaded with talent, two great coaches, and this game has put Syracuse in the most vulnerable spot of all the #1 seeds. Gonzaga has a good inside and outside game, along with Syracuse, and this is where Arinze Onuaku would be a factor. But since he is unlikely to play this weekend, this is a game that can go either way.
(2) Kansas State vs. (7) BYU- BYU’s mission: to play in their home state, but this will be boiled down to how Denis Clemente and Jacob Pullen can do. BYU will have not as fresh legs, but Jimmer Fredette is a scoring machine himself, and if they can get a spark from Michael Loyd like he gave the Cougars in the Florida game, Kansas State will be in trouble. BYU just might not have enough in the tank to pull off the upset, but do not be surprised if they do win the game, and go on to Salt Lake City.
(3) Pittsburgh vs. (6) Xavier- Another great matchup. The X is not afraid of Pitt, and they could pull off the upset, but Pitt has a lot of weapons, and those weapons can be just a little too much for Xavier to overcome. A Sweet 16 without Xavier would be weird, but in this game, it just looks as if the Panthers will overwhelm the Musketeers by the end of the game.
(5) Butler vs. (13) Murray State- UPSET ALERT! Hate to put Butler on the upset alert again, but Murray State is deep, they have such a good rotation, but the thing that could work against them is if they still living off that emotion from Thomas’ buzzer beater. They have to stay focused on the Bulldogs or they will be out of the tournament very quick.
Enjoy the 2nd round games later today, TSX will return the Bracket Series for the Regionals next Wednesday & Thursday.