Written and authored by March Madness Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. The 2015 NCAA Basketball March Madness “SWEET 16” gets underway on Thursday March 26th in the Midwest and West Regions. The Midwest Region features two of the most “DYNAMIC” personalities with John Calipari and Bob Huggins. The West Regions is at the Staple Center in Los Angeles, California. The number-1 seed Wisconsin Badgers will look to beat the #2 seed Arizona Wildcats again in 2015.
This Sports Handicapper believes Thursday’ matchup between the 25-9 and fifth seed West Virginia Mountaineers will put on a full court press for forty minutes. The 36-0 and top overall seed Kentucky Wildcats will welcome the challenge. Calipari recently told Huggins the committee would put the two in the same region, and he was right. West Virginia has a large fan base in the Cleveland area which will give the team a boost. The Mountaineers football program regularly invades Northeast Ohio for recruits. The Kentucky Wildcats will be out of their comfort zone, the first two games of the Tournament was in Louisville. West Virginia forced twenty-three turnovers in Sunday’s 69-59 win against Maryland. The Kentucky Wildcats have ball handlers at virtually every position. The Mountaineers beat Kentucky in the 2010 NCAA Tournament to advance to the Final Four. The betting odds total is at 136′ for Thursday’s March Madness Picks Sweet 16 matchup. Dayton, Ohio native and West Virginia Point Guard Juwan Staten will lead the charge on both ends of the floor for Huggins. Bovada. Lv lists West Virginia at 100/1 to win the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Kentucky is at 1/1 to cut down the nets in Indianapolis.
The West Regions pits the #4 seed North Carolina Tar Heels against the Senior laden Wisconsin Badgers. North Carolina Head Coach Roy Williams is optimistic coming into Thursday’s matchup. The Tar Heels have the most talented player on the floor in Point Guard Marcus Paige. The Sophomore scored twenty of his twenty-two points in the second half in Saturday’s win over Arkansas. Many experts including Charliessports.com believes NCAA Tournament success is based a lot on Point Guard play. Look at last years winner, Connecticut and their Senior Shabazz Napier. You can go back to the day’s of Isaiah Thomas at Indiana, Earvin “Magic ” Johnson at Michigan State just to name a few. Having a great player at the position is crucial for success in the NCAA Tournament. Xavier will face their former Coach Sean Miller in the other West Semi-Finals matchup. The game has its storyline. Bovada.Lv has the Arizona Wildcats at 13/2 to win the 2015 NCAA March Madness Tournament.