09 March 2016
2016 American Tournament Predictions
Here are my predictions for the 2016 American Tournament.
First Round - Thursday, March 10th
8 East Carolina vs. 9 South Florida - ESPNU, 3:30
Pick: South Florida
7 UCF vs. 10 Tulane - ESPNEWS, 6:00
Quarterfinals - Friday, March 11th
1 Temple vs. 9 South Florida - ESPN2, 12:00
4 Cincinnati vs. 5 Connecticut - ESPN2, 2:00
Cincinnati did sweep the Huskies this season and I think they'll make it a threepeat right here.
2 Houston vs. 7 UCF - ESPNU, 7:00
3 Tulsa vs. 6 Memphis - ESPNU, 9:00
The Golden Hurricane did lose to Memphis at the FedExForum a week ago but I think they'll prevail on a neutral floor.
Semifinals - Saturday, March 12th
1 Temple vs. 4 Cincinnati - ESPN2, 3:00
Temple may have swept the Bearcats this season but both games were tight. I actually think that Cincy has the best team.
2 Houston vs. 3 Tulsa - ESPN2, 5:00
The superior offense of the Cougars will be the difference here.
Championship - Sunday, March 13th
2 Houston vs. 4 Cincinnati - ESPN, 3:15
The Cougars lost in Cincinnati in January by 11 while the Bearcats lost in Houston by 13 this past Sunday. I'm leaning Houston here because they have been playing some really good basketball this past month and that momentum will be the difference.