Creighton were among the cream of the crop in the Big East. The conference was better than expected and every team that made the NCAA Tournament out of the Big East deserved their bid.
Rhode Island didn’t want their fate to rest in the hands of the NCAA Tournament selection committee. They won the A-10 conference tournament and removed the ‘bubble team’ label.
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The Creighton Bluejays only lost nine games this season and three of those losses were to one team, #1 seed Villanova. I like the roster makeup of Creighton’s rotation. They have a veteran backcourt of Marcus Foster and Maurice Watson Jr. and also a seven-footer Justin Patton in the paint clogging is all up. The Bluejays love ball movement. They rarely take bad shots and will make teams work on defense.
The Rhode Island Rams were on the outer crust of the bubble teams before winning A-10 conference tournament. This is Rhode Island’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1999. That team was lead by future NBA star Lamar Odom. The current roster may not have any future NBA players on it, but they rely heavily on their upperclassmen. Hassan Martin will clamp down on Justin Patton in the paint.
Many think Rhode Island is a trendy Cinderella pick, but I don’t see it. Creighton is a talented team that moves the ball well on offense. Rhode Island’s top-notch defense could disrupt Creighton’s offense, but I don’t think the game will go down like that. I’m taking Creighton to advance.
Prediction: #6 Creighton Bluejays
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.