With Day One of the NCAA Tournament down, Day Two looks to be as exciting as we have Andrew Nicholson and the Bonnies looking to beat Florida State followed by a mess of great men's and women's games for you all right here ...
Here is where the men are playing today ...
12:15pm Texas vs. Cincinnati - Myck Kabongo and his Longhorn teammates will face a tough batter here against a resurgent Cincinnati team. Kabongo, who's had an up and down year, has been on an up slide of late to end the regular season averaging 6.4 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals in his last five games. The downside is that he only shot 11-of-42 from the floor (that's .261) and if it wasn't for his 9 made free throws he'd be putting up less than the 6.4 he's averaging in that same span. Against a tough Bearcats squad, Myck will not only need to make his shot to keep the defense honest, he may be covering one of the quicker guards in the Big East in Cashmere Wright. If he can make a few shots and keep Wright disrupted then Texas could have a shot at staying close enough to pull an upset, particularly if they are running with a three or four guard set.
1:40pm Alabama vs. Creighton
2:45pm St. Bonaventure vs. Florida State - Andrew Nicholson willed St. Bonaventure to the A-10 title and we'll see if he can will them to a fighting shot against Florida State. This will undoubtedly be the toughest team that the Bonnies have faced this season and FSU is a top defensive team in the NCAA. They have the quick, big, athletic guys to defend Nicholson one-on-one and he'll need to really show how complete his game truly is. Coming into this matchup, he's red hot having scored 19 or more points in the Bonnies last 11 games averaging 24.7 in that span. He's been doing his damage from all over and he'll need to continue today to prove that 1) he's the real deal and 2) that he can play against elite level talent. If he can stay out of foul trouble early, then I would think that the beast will be unleashed. The Bonnies may not win this game but make no mistake about it, Nicholson is auditioning for possibly a new job come October so you can bet he's gonna want to come out and show out. As a side note, the other two Canadians Matthew Wright and Chris Johnson will need to make their outside shots when they get them to keep the middle open and the D honest for the man in the middle.
6:50pm Saint Louis vs. Memphis
7:15pm Lehigh vs. Duke
9:20pm LIU Brooklyn vs. Michigan State
9:57pm Detroit vs. Kansas
And here is where the women are playing today ...
7:00pm Duquesne vs. Cincinnati - Duquesne's Wumi Agunbiade has been one of the better players in the Atlantic-10 Conference all season and she's taking her 2nd Team All Conference credentials to cross town rivals Cincinnati. She went for 21 points in the loss to Temple two weeks ago in the A-10 Championship and I'm expecting her to try and replicate that today to help get her team a win.
8:00pm Syracuse @ Hartford - Kayla Alexander's two games she played in the Big East Tournament who two sides. In the opening round win over Providence she went for 15 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal in 21 minutes. In the next game against West Virginia, she had 4 points, 4 rebounds and steal in 21 minutes. The games were back-to-back so there is an allowance for that but I think the Orange will want the former Alexander in this game today. I'm sure that the stakes today will be enough to get her going.
8:00pm Detroit @ Toledo
8:00pm Charleston Southern @ Minnesota - Charleston Southern's Rachelle Coward has been carrying a good part of the scoring load for the Lady Buccaneers all season to the tune of 18.0 per contest. Her 10 point game against Liberty was her lowest point total since she scored 3 points on New Year's Eve. In that time, she's hit for 20 points or more nine times including three 30+ point games too. She has the green light to fire away and I'm sure she'll be fun to watch in this one. In her two games against schools from a BCS conference (Clemson and Florida), Coward is averaging 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks.