East Region: Maryland vs LSU Prediction
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No.6 seed Maryland (23-10) will meet No.3 seed LSU (27-6) for the right to go to the Sweet 16. Both teams advanced over their mid-major opponents in the first round due to their size advantages. The big men for both teams played a crucial role in their squads victories.
The size advantage will even out for this showdown.
The Tigers improved to 10-0 in games in which Bigby-Williams has had a double-double and he added four blocked shots.
“He’s tremendous,” Reid said of Bigby-Williams. “He makes my job way easier than it has to be. You know, if a guy gets by me or baseline, Kavell is right there and he’s able to stop the person with the ball, and he’s a big help to all of us.”
Bigby-Williams also gives this Tigers team much-needed experience. He is the only player on the roster with Tournament and Final Four experience–he reached the Final Four with Oregon before he transferred to Baton Rouge.
“It was a pretty tough, hard-nosed team who didn’t let up, and they were very competitive,” Reid said of Yale. “That’s something we are going to see throughout the whole March Madness.
“No discredit to Yale, but it’s going to be a lot of tougher teams going forward, so we’ve just got to be able to balance everything out and do what we do best.”
Next up are the Terrapins, who twice had to fight back against Belmont to prevail.
Like LSU, Maryland had a size advantage — and used it. Smith grabbed eight offensive rebounds and the Terps finished with a 15-10 edge in offensive rebounds and a 41-37 edge in total rebounding.
“(Smith) just wouldn’t be denied,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. “He just kept getting offensive rebounds. He was terrific, and finished and played with strength. We’ve been beating on (Smith) for eight weeks trying to make him tougher.
“He got extra weight — right before he left town he got an extra weight workout, and it showed up today. It takes time when your nickname is Stix, but he played with great toughness.”
Without a size advantage for either team, the game will be decided by guard play, and both teams feature a phenomenal point guard.
Cowan Jr. vs Waters
The matchup that will decide this game is Maryland’s Anthony Cowan Jr. vs LSU’s Tremont Waters. These two are the lifeblood of their respective team, and how they handle the stage will propel one team to victory.
LINE: -2.5 LSU
Dan’s Bet: -2.5 LSU
Bracket Pick: LSU
Score Prediction: LSU 80 Maryland 73