Line: UConn -5.5

The NCAA clearly does not care about the results of conference tournaments and regular season results. This game is a clear example of a team getting a seed far below what it deserves. Saint Josephs ended the season in a 4 way tie for second place in the Atlantic 10 and then proceeded to run the table by winning 3 straight games in the Atlantic 10 tournament. It is impossible to explain how the team they beat in the championship game and in the regular season (VCU) is a 5 seed. Saint Louis who lost in the first round of the tournament is also a 5 seed but at least they beat Saint Josephs in their regular season matchup. They split their season series with UMASS yet the Minutemen received a 6 seed for no reason that any logical person can explain. Even George Washington is a better seed with a 9th seed. Saint Josephs was penalized by the committee for being a small school. UConn is a 7 seed with a nearly identical record that did not win their conference tournament as they were handled by Louisville In the American conference tournament. UConn is going to have their work cut out for them as they are going up against a tough team that can play inside and out.

The best player on the court will be UConn’s all around guard Shabazz Napier who leads the teams in scoring at 17.4 points per game, rebounding at 5.9 per game, assists at 4.9 per game, and steals at 1.7 per game. He has championship experience, as he is one of the last remaining players from the Jim Calhoun era. He is clearly the key to any success UCONN is going to have. They will need him on the court and productive if they wan to win this game. DeAndre Daniels averages 12.5 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game. The only other double figure scorer is Ryan Boatwright who averages 11.8 per game.

Saint Josephs is led by 3 seniors who would be starters on any team in the country. Guard Langston Galloway is the leading scorer at 17.5 points per game and is as clutch as they come. He is a natural shooting guard but will slide over to the point if need be to get his team into their offense. Forwards Halil Kanacevic and Ronald Roberts form a dynamic inside duo that can dominate a game. Robert’s is more of a traditional interior player who throws down ferocious dunks and has a habit of blocking shots into the crowd. Kanacevic is not traditional in any way. You will find him facilitating the offense from the three point line, dominating on the low block, making a long three pointer, or passing to an open teammate for an assist in which he leads the team at 4.4 per game. He is a big man with a rare skill set and will be a tough cover for UConn. Freshman DeAndre Bembrey is an all around player who does all of the little things that help teams win games.

Pick: Saint Josephs +5.5

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