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2010 Bracket Series: West Region- 1st Round

The final bracket is broken down in the Bracket Series for the first round, and it is the West Region. Syracuse is the top seed, and they are sort of limping into the tournament with two straight losses, but as with all the other regions, they have the ability to take it all the way, as well as the fellow teams in the field. Let’s look at the first round matchups out west.

(1) Syracuse vs. (16) Vermont- The last time these two teams met in the tournament, Vermont knocked off Syracuse. This time around, it will be different. Wes Johnson will throw the team on his back, and there are too many weapons on the Orange for Vermont to handle.

(8) Gonzaga vs. (9) Florida State- The Zags are perennial tournament attendees, The Noles are in and out every other year. Gonzaga’s experience will trump Florida State in this first round.

(5) Butler vs. (12) UTEP- UPSET ALERT!- The Bulldogs should watch out for UTEP, although they lost to Houston in the C-USA, this UTEP is something special. If Butler wins, do not be surprised, but UTEP has the potential to go far.

(4) Vanderbilt vs. (13) Murray State- UPSET ALERT! Murray State has the deepest team in the field, and has the possibility to have a long run, They are experienced, and the fact that they can get so many players into the game, makes it very difficult for Vanderbilt to match up with.

(6) Xavier vs. (11) Minnesota- Something about the X that happens in March… if any team knows how to turn it on in the tournament, it’s the Musketeers. This is a team that can go far in the tournament, and they do it every year. They should win this first round matchup.

(3) Pittsburgh vs (14) Oakland- Pittsburgh wins this one with ease. Tourney tested, Big East ready.

(7) BYU vs (10) Florida- BYU will be motivated to get to Salt Lake City, which is why they are going to come at it with everything they have, but even then, it may not be enough. Florida has a lot of weapons. Advantage to the Gators.

(2) Kansas State vs (15) North Texas- Out of the #2 seeds, K-State is the most vulnerable. The Mean Green could leave the Little Apple green with envy, but if K-State can hit the three, and play like they have all season, and not be complacent, they will win easily.

This concludes the Bracket Series for the first round. Second Round game previews will be this weekend.


2010 Bracket Series: South Region- 1st Round

The TSX Bracket Series for 2010 continues on with the South Region, Duke is the top seed in this region, but are they really the favorite to come out of this one? Stay tuned and find out, but let’s concentrate on these first round matchups.

(1) Duke vs. (16) Arkansas-Pine Bluff- UAPB’s lack of size is going to be their downfall. Plus they’re playing Duke… Easy win for the Blue Devils.

(8) California vs. (9) Louisville- Cal made the tournament… Louisville will dispatch them easily and as quietly as California made the tournament, they will exit.

(5) Texas A&M vs. (12) Utah State- UPSET ALERT! It will be the battle of the Aggies, and although Texas A&M is the favorite, do not be surprised or sleep on the Aggies from Logan, UT. They have the capability to get into the second round, and make some kind of noise. This is a #5 vs. #12 matchup to watch.

(4) Purdue vs. (13) Siena- UPSET ALERT! Many people have Siena as a dark horse, and this team is very experienced and tourney tested. They are actually the favorite against Purdue ever since Robbie Hummel went down with a torn ACL. Since Hummel’s scary in injury in Minneapolis, the Boilermakers have not been the same. Siena can make the Sweet 16, even possibly the Elite Eight. Only time will tell.

(6) Notre Dame vs. (11) Old Dominion- No upset alert here, the Irish are playing well at the right time, and Luke Harangody is back and the Irish should be the clear cut winners in this game. If the Monarchs win, it will be a surprise.

(3) Baylor vs. (14) Sam Houston State- The Bears have the potential to go on an Elite Eight run themselves, and make noise in the tournament. They should have no trouble with the Southland Conference Champion.

(7) Richmond vs. (10) St. Mary’s- UPSET ALERT!- This is only an upset alert based on seeding. The Gaels are riding high after knocking off the giant Gonzaga, and they look like the better team over the struggling Spiders into this game.

(2) Villanova vs. (15) Robert Morris- Nova has what it takes to make the Final Four. If Robert Morris does beat them in the first round, it would be a colossal upset. Nova in the next round.

2010 Bracket Series: East Region- 1st Round

The 2010 TSX Bracket Series continues with the East Region, while this region is not as loaded as the Midwest, it should feature some intriguing matchups.

(1) Kentucky vs. (16) East Tennessee State- The Wildcats young bunch are going to experience some jitters and nerves before the game, as they have not been on this stage before. But they have a great coach in John Calipari. ETSU is no stranger to giving teams a run for their money, as they did w/ Pitt a year ago. They will give Kentucky a run early, but UK will pull away in the end. However, in all the 1/16 games, this is one to watch the closest.

(8) Texas vs. (9) Wake Forest- Texas struggled, and Wake Forest was a surprise entrant in the Tourney over a team like Mississippi State. If Dexter Pittman can wake up and play like he did at the start of the season, Texas should be able to move on. However, the last few teams that was ranked #1 to fall out completely of the rankings, have seen first round exits.

(5) Temple vs. (12) Cornell- UPSET ALERT! Many people sleep on Cornell, they are a tourney tested team, that took the #1 team Kansas to the wire IN Allen Fieldhouse, where KU has won 59 straight games. The Owls are also a tourney tested team, but if any one of the #5 seeds needs to be on alert, it’s the Owls. Cornell in an upset.

(4) Wisconsin vs. (13) Wofford- The SoCon champion Terriers have a remote chance of an upset, but if Bo Ryan can get the team to refocus after a disappointing Big Ten Tournament, the Badgers should have no problem. Jason Bohanon and Travon Hughes will need to show up in this game to move on.

(6) Marquette vs. (11) Washington- Marquette is hot at the right time, and Washington has disappointed in a season where it could’ve dominated the Pac-10. Marquette moves on in this game, and could be the dark horse in the East Region.

(3) New Mexico vs. (14) Montana- Montana is a good opponent for the Lobos, who have had one of their best seasons in years, and one of Steve Alford’s best seasons as a coach. The Lobos should not see an early exit in this one.

(7) Clemson vs. (10) Missouri- How these two teams got in and Mississippi State did not is surprising, but they are here, and with the way Missouri has played as of late (getting blown out at home against Kansas, and an early exit from the Big XII Tournament), don’t go w/ Missouri, Clemson should pull off the victory.

(2) West Virginia vs. (15) Morgan State- The Bears had a above .500 record in non-conference play, and with Todd Bozeman, who has big-game coaching experience, there is an outside chance they could pull off a huge upset, but DeSean Butler , and West Virginia are too hot, and they are the best overall #2 seed. The Mountaineers win in this one, but not without a fight.

Next on the Bracket Series: the South Region

2010 Bracket Series: Midwest Region- 1st Round

Welcome to the TSX 2010 Bracket Series, covering the NCAA Tournament. We will cover all four regions and all 32 matchups in the field of 64. Winthrop lost to Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the opening round game, and they will play Duke in the first round on Friday.

Here’s a quick look at the first round matchups and the advantages in the games on Thursday & Friday, starting with the #1 overall seed Kansas and the Midwest Region:

(1) Kansas vs. (16) Lehigh- good news for the Jayhawks: they are close to home; bad news for the Jayhawks: they are in their own house of horrors: the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, where they lost to a Patriot League team in 2005: the Bucknell Bison. Sure it’s a different team, but KU has had issues with Patriot League teams in the past, and they nearly were the first ever #1 seed to lose to a #16 in Holy Cross in 2002. It is something to keep in mind, but the Jayhawks should move on.

(8) UNLV vs. (9) Northern Iowa- The Missouri Valley has not had a win in the NCAA Tournament in three years. Northern Iowa has an opportunity to erase that with a victory over UNLV. With a stifling defense to boot, the Panthers should be facing KU in the 2nd round.

(5) Michigan State vs. (12) New Mexico State- Michigan State closed out struggling, but they are a tournament-tested team. No upset in this 12 over 5 game, and Sparty should move on at the end of the game.

(4) Maryland vs. (13) Houston- The Cougars should not have been here, and with the nation’s leading scorer in Aubrey Coleman, the Cougars will have a tall task of facing an experienced and fired up Maryland backcourt led by Greivis Vasquez. Maryland has the edge and should be the winner, but if Houston wins this game, do not be surprised.

(6) Tennessee vs. (11) San Diego State- UPSET ALERT! San Diego State is playing on fire right now. If Scotty Hopson of Tennessee has a NCAA Tournament like the SEC Tournament, the Volunteers will not move on. The Aztecs are not afraid of the big stage, and they have beat a top-10 team in New Mexico twice. Tennessee checked out in the SEC Tournament in getting shelled by Kentucky, and if they play like that, it’s an early exit, which may happen.

(3) Georgetown vs. (14) Ohio- Georgetown should move on with ease. All this team has to do is go inside to Greg Monroe. If he can assert himself and be aggressive, the Hoyas just may have enough for an Elite Eight run.

(7) Oklahoma State vs. (10) Georgia Tech- This is a game that can go either way. Both teams got hot at the end of the season, and James Anderson can light a scoreboard up, and Georgia Tech has a good frontcourt in Derrick Favors, and Gani Lawal. This is a game that can go either way. Do not be mad if you pick the loser in this game because it’s a toss-up.

(2) Ohio State vs. (15) UC-Santa Barbara- Evan Turner has a killer instinct like nobody has seen. The tournament run will determine what he wants to do for senior season. However, UCSB is no stranger to playing competitive, as in their last appearance in 2002 resulted in a near upset to Arizona. No giant killer here, as Ohio State moves on.

Next up on the bracket series: the East Region

BCS Fiesta Bowl Preview: Boise State vs. TCU

The third of five BCS Bowl Game previews heads west for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. In what has been regarded by the detractors of the BCS as the “Protection Bowl”, the Fiesta Bowl should nonetheless be a good game as two at-large teams, the WAC Champion Boise State Broncos and the Mountain West Champion TCU Horned Frogs. These two teams met two years ago in the Poinsettia Bowl, with TCU winning 17-16 in San Diego.

: Both teams can put up a lot of points, but the advantage is in Boise State’s favor. Boise State has one of the best offenses in the country and it’s led by Kellen Moore, the sensational sophomore quarterback who leads the nation in touchdowns with 39 to only three interceptions. Along with Jeremy Avery running the ball, they are the prime reason the Broncos average 44.2 PPG, which is most in the country and eighth in the country in yards per game at 460.5. Moore was not even mentioned in Heisman voting, so he has motivation to show why he was snubbed in front of a national audience. The only thing standing in his way and the Broncos’ way is one of the stingiest defenses in the country.

TCU has just as efficient of an offense as Boise State. They are tied for third in the nation with Texas in points per game (40.7) and fourth in the nation in yards per game with 469.1. Gary Patterson has a great balance of offense with the run and the pass. QB Andy Dalton has not as many yards or touchdowns a Kellen Moore (2484 yards and 22 touchdowns), but TCU has a three headed rushing monster in Joseph Turner (732 yards, 11 TD), Michael Tucker (667 yards, 8 TD), and Edward Wesley (630 yards, 4 TD). Dalton has also been a decent runner this year, with 522 yards and three touchdowns as well.

Defense: Advantage goes to TCU. The Horned Frogs are sixth in the country in points allowed per game with 12.4 and allow the fewest yards with 233.3 YPG. They defeated two powerhouse Mountain West teams in Utah and BYU easily. This defense has the strong capability to slow down Kellen Moore and his aerial attack that is drawn up by Chris Petersen. Running the ball will be a tall task for Avery, as TCU has allowed only 966 yards all season long, which was second fewest only to the Texas Longhorns. If TCU can stop the run on Boise, and ground Kellen Moore, this game should be no problem for them.

Boise State has allowed 17.7 PPG, but has shown lately that their defense has some holes in it, especially in the running game. With the way TCU can attack you from so many ways on the ground, it may be tough for the Broncos to stop. The best way to take TCU out of their element is to stop the run, and make Dalton throw. The offense of the Horned Frogs is balanced, but they prefer to run a little more than the pass. If Dalton has to throw more than he and the coaches like to, it could really help Boise, especially if Moore and the offense can get down the field and score points in the opposition.

This game is going to come down to which defense shows up. All season long, TCU has been the team that has played the best and among the big boys. This game can show the BCS selectors why they should have received a better game against a big time team. However, do not be surprised if this is an offensive show. Advantage goes to TCU based on defense.

Videos of the Week

New feature from TSX, some of the best videos of the week will be put on display. Here were the three best. If something was left out, leave a comment, tweet it at thesportsxpress or leave a comment on the Facebook fan page here:

courtesy: AP

Elizabeth Lambert… Credit has to be given to you despite the fact you displayed very poor sportsmanship. If The Mtn. was not televising this game, she would’ve ACTUALLY got away with all of this. The way she did it was very sneaky, and underhanded, but she did get an indefinite suspension, and maybe anger management should be thrown in there.

Jahvid Best… I hope you have a speedy recovery because that was an ugly play, looking at this play over and over, Cameron Collins of Oregon State did NOT have to throw him the way he did. Fortunately that was a concussion, because it could have been so much worse than that.

This dunk by Dwyane Wade on Anderson Varejao is hands down the dunk of the year, and what makes it even better was the block by Jermaine O’Neal on LeBron James that set it up. Poor Varejao, he will have to go through that dunk on posters and highlights for many years to come. Did you see Wade step over Varejao after the dunk. Clearly we know who’s house it is. The Cavaliers won the game, but still, it’s Wade’s house.

Hope this will be a good feature to do every Friday. Keep an eye out and send feedback.