Written and authored by NCAA Basketball Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. Don’t get the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks basketball program confused with Kentucky, Duke or even Butler for that matter. The Lumberjacks play in the little know Southland Conference and is in an East Texas town called Nacogdoches. The Lumberjacks turned some head last season with their first-round upset of VCU. Stephen F. Austin won the Southland Conference regular season and Tournament. The Lumberjacks were 19-1 in league play, they have lost one game the past two season in the Southland. The lone loss came against Texas A&M Corpus Christi on February 14th.
This Sports Handicapper believes the 12 seed .vs five seed is one where the underdogs usually have the advantage both straight up and Against The Spread. There is one drawback to this seeding matchup, everyone knows about the twelve seed. Analyst at major Television Networks is all over Stephen F. Austin as the face the tough Utah Utes on Thursday March 19th in Portland, Oregon. The Lumberjacks not a secret anymore and Utah will be ready for a battle. Stephen F. Austin averages a little over seventy-nine points per contest. Head Coach Brad Underwood brings experience, a knack for recruiting and a positive outlook on their first round game vs. The Utah Utes. Stephen F. Austin is a 6′ pointMarch Madness Betting Picks underdog, the betting odds total is at 132′ points.
It won’t’ be easy as there is a huge contrast in styles. Stephen F. Austin likes to get up and down the court while Utah is more of a defensive oriented team. Utes Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak is a former NBA player who likes his team to focus on keeping the opposition at a disadvantage. Utah has dropped their last three both straight up and Against The Point Spread. The Utes lost in the Pac-Twelve Conference Tournament to Oregon and want to avoid disaster Thursday at the Moda Center. Point Guard Delon Wright will have his hands full with Lumberjack Point guard Trey Pinckney. Stephen F. Austin best player is Forward Jacob Parker; Thomas Walkup scored a team-high twenty-four points in the Southland Conference Finals on Saturday March 14th against Sam Houston State. Utah ranks 11th in the nation, allowing the opposition only 56.9 points per game. Something has to give Thursday Night; this is going to be one of the best matchups of the first round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Bovada has Utah at 33/1 to win the 2015 NCAA Basketball Championship.