The Atlantic 10 conference was better than expected this year. All the best teams in the division made the tournament and had their share of upsets early in the season.
The American Athletic Conference wasn’t as strong. Teams beat up on each other in-conference and they all came out of the year a bit hobbled. I think at least one too many teams from the conference made it into the field of 68 this year.
Can Cincy force St. Joseph’s to turn the ball over?
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The St. Joseph’s Hawks are one of the most careful teams in the NCAA Tournament. I use the word ‘careful’ because they rarely turn the ball over or make stupid fouls. The Hawks have won games being smart and hitting shots from all over the court. If you don’t turn the ball over in the NCAA Tournament, good things can happen.
The Cincinnati Bearcats play the best low-post defense in the West region. Opponents shoot less than 40% inside the three-point line against Cincinnati…that is solid defense, my friends. They are also 10th in the nation in opponent’s scoring. They play the kind of pesky defense that annoy teams.
This game could be one of the more physical games in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. You have St. Joseph’s who rarely turn the ball over and Cincinnati who doesn’t give up easy shots. The game will be won and lost on that end of the floor. I’m going to give the edge to St. Joe’s since they have an outside shot that can negate some of Cincy’s low-post defense.
Prediction: #8 Saint Joseph’s Hawks
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.