19 March 2011

2011 NCAA Tournament 3rd Round: What To Watch For

It was a very exciting round two of the 2011 NCAA Tournament as a bunch of awesome basketball games flooded the airwaves on Thursday and Friday. As the third round gets under way this afternoon, here is watch to watch for this weekend.
March 19:

5 West Virginia v. 4 Kentucky, CBS, 12:00
Will Brendan Knight actually show up outside of the last 30 seconds for Kentucky? 

Can the Mountaineers survive another slow start?

7 UCLA v. 2 Florida, CBS, 2:30
Is the near massive choke job by the Bruins against Michigan State a a bad sign and could they get blown out? 

Are the Gators really as good as they looked against UC-Santa Barbara?

13 Morehead State v. 12 Richmond, CBS, 5:00
In the most surprising matchup of the weekend, can the Spiders can find an answer for Kenneth Faried down low? 

Can the Eagles slow down Richmond's strong shooting from the perimeter? And who is the Cinderella?

7 Temple v. 2 San Diego State, TNT, 6:00
Do the Owls have enough in the paint to stop the best frontcourt in the country? 

Can Kawhi Leonard actually shoot the three? And can the Aztecs guard the quick guards of Temple?

8 Butler v. 1 Pittsburgh, TBS, 7:00
Can the Panthers shut down the guards of Butler? 

Can the Butler big men handle the physical frontcourt of Pitt? And can the Bulldogs play like its 2010?

11 Gonzaga v. 3 Brigham Young, CBS, 7:30
Can anyone shut down Jimmer Fredette? Will anybody besides Fredette show up? 

After upsetting St. John's in a big way, is this the year that the Zags make another run? Can Gonzaga dominate the glass once again? 

5 Kansas State v. 4 Wisconsin, TNT, 8:30
Are we finally seeing the Kansas state that we all thought would be title contenders before the season? Will Jacob Pullen have to have another big game for the Wildcats again?

Will the Badgers fall for the second straight year before the Sweet Sixteen? Will they shoot terrific from the outside once again? And will Bo Ryan's club put together another complete performance?

6 Cincinnati v. 3 Connecticut, TBS, 9:30

Is there an answer for Kemba Walker? Can the Bearcats force the Huskies to slow the game down and play to Cincy's strengths?
Will the Huskies be able to handle the Bearcats on the glass?

March 20:

7 Washington v. 2 North Carolina, CBS, 12:00
In by far the best point guard matchup of the weekend, which star point will be on top? The tenacious scorer (Isaiah Thomas) or the flashy distributor (Kendall Marshall)? Can the Huskies deal with the size and talent from the Tar Heel's big men?
And will UNC actually play some defense?

8 Michigan v. 1 Duke, CBS, 2:30
Is Kyrie Irving back? Does he have full reins against Michigan?
Are the Wolverines really as good as they showed in their dominant second half against the Vols?

8 George Mason v. 1 Ohio State, CBS, 5:00
Can the Patriots  play Cinderella once again and topple the Buckeyes? Do they have answer for Jon Diebler on the perimeter or Jared Sullinger down in the paint?
Will Ohio State be this year's Kansas and fall in the second round?

5 Arizona v. 4 Texas, TNT, 6:00
Can Tristan Thompson dominate in the paint against the star Wildcat big man Derrick Williams like he did against Keith Benson and Oakland?
Will the Wildcats actually play defense?

3 Purdue v. 11 Virginia Commonwealth, TBS, 7:00
Will VCU play great defense once again or was their performance against Georgetown a fluke?
Is Purdue simply too good down in the paint for VCU to handle?

11 Marquette v. 3 Syracuse, truTV 7:30
Will the Orange's inexperience bear its ugly head against their Big East rivals?
Do the Golden Eagles have the talent to matchup with Syracuse? Will they get the threeball working?

9 Illinois v. 1 Kansas, TNT, 8:30
Will the Kansas Jayhawks play like they did for the first 30 minutes against Boston or the final 10 minutes?
How good are the Fighting Illini? And who will win the Bill Self bowl?

2 Notre Dame v. 7 Florida State, TBS, 9:30
Will the Seminoles be lights-out on defense once again? Can they force the Irish into turnovers like Akron did with great success on Friday?
Will Ben Hansbrough step up and carry Notre Dame to the Sweet Sixteen?

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