UCONN vs Bucknell: Preview & Prediction

    
March 15th, 2011
(3) Connecticut vs. (14) Bucknell

West Region - Washington, D.C.

March 17 - 7:20 TNT
 

Connecticut may be the most intriguing team in the West Region for the simple fact that no team had ever won five games in five days to win a conference tournament as they did last week. Will their legs and minds be fresh enough to navigate this weekend? Star guard Kemba Walker proved to be near indefatigable in New York, and youngsters such as Jeremy Lamb, Shabazz Napier and Alex Oriakhi (to name three) stepped up as well. But don't underestimate Bucknell, led by experienced point guard Darryl Shazier and Patriot League Player of the Year Mike Muscala inside. The Bison have the ability to pull off an upset if allowed to control the flow of the game.

 

CHN Team Capsules (w/ stats, records, and rankings):

UCONN

Bucknell

 

Stars to Watch:

G Kemba Walker (Connecticut)

F Mike Muscala (Bucknell)

 

Vegas Odds:

UCONN -11

 

Predictions:

RealTimeRPI: UCONN 70 - Bucknell 66

KenPom: UCONN 71 - Bucknell 62

CollegeHoops.net Betting Pick: Bucknell

 

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