SCOTT SPREITZER'S SWEET-16 GAME OF THE YEAR! *3-0!: Scott Spreitzer absolutely ROCKED the books last week, posting an 8-1, 89% Big Dance mark from Thursday thru' Sunday! Scott enters on a 20-6, 77% Big Dance run since last March and now releases his SWEET-16 *GAME OF THE YEAR!* Scott's on a 3-0 run with these sides and looks to extend his run to 9-1, 90%!
Game: Cincinnati at Ohio State Mar 22 2012 9:45PM
Prediction: Ohio State
Grade: Winner (100)
Reason: I'm laying the points with Ohio State on Thursday night. I had the Buckeyes in each of their first two games of the Big Dance, covering the first, but coming up a 1/2 point short in their seven point win over Gonzaga. I'm right back on Thad Matta's squad in this one. The talent edge lies heavily with the Buckeyes and so do the matchup styles, in my opinion. Cincinnati adjusted rather well to the suspensions that followed their on court fight with Xavier in December. They're now a team that likes to get the ball up the floor quicker than before, and they don't mind "bombing away" from behind the arc. But they're facing a lengthy, athletic, and defensively sound basketball team in this one. Ohio State, out of the nation's toughest basketball conference, allowed opponents just 59.2 ppg on 40.5% shooting, including 32.2% from area code 3. Cinci is not going to get many open looks in this one. And let's not forget, as much credit as the Bearcats have been receiving, they are then nation's 250th ranked shooting team overall, including 193rd from behind the arc. The poor shooting is going to catch up with them in this one, in my opinion. Cinci is not likely to get many second chances, facing a Buckeye team that averages 11 more rebounds per game than they allow. The Bearcats have not fared well as Big Dance underdogs, and more importantly to this game, they have covered just 3 of 14 against teams that outscore their opponents by at least 12 ppg. Ohio State has outscored their opponents by over 15 ppg. I'm laying the points with Ohio State on Thursday night. Thanks! GL! Scott.