Matt Huether studies stats to predict the outcome of sporting contests
The First Round of the March Madness tournament saw Virginia, Arizona, Wichita State and other top teams lose. Virginia was the first number one seed and number one overall seed to ever lose to a sixteen seed in the first round.
Cincinnati got off to a rough start in their first game but then quickly realized the recipe for success as they won 68 to 53 over Georgia State. For Cincinnati, Sophomore Guard Jarron Cumberland had 27 points on 8 of 17 shooting (4 of 11 on 3’s). Jarron also contributed with 11 rebounds and 2 assists. Cincinnati also saw Senior Forward Kyle Washington put up 13 points on 6 of 17 shooting (1 of 4 on 3’s). Georgia State’s Sophomore Guard D’Marcus Simonds put up 24 points on 10 of 20 shooting (3 of 8 on 3’s).
Xavier won their First Round game by a score of 102 to 83 over Texas Southern. For Xavier, Senior Guard J.P. Macura had 29 points on 11 of 16 shooting (5 of 6 on 3’s). J.P. also had 6 rebounds in 5 steals in the game. Also for Xavier, Senior Guard Trevon Bluiett had 26 points on 7 of 17 shooting (3 of 10 on 3’s). Trevon also had 5 rebounds, 3 assists and a block in Xavier’s Win.
Next for No. 1 Xavier (29-5) is No. 9 Florida State(21-11), the game takes place on Sunday at 8:40 PM.
Next for No. 2 Cincinnati (31-4) is No. 7 Nevada (28-7), the game takes place on Sunday at 6:10 PM. Cincinnati matches up against a talented Nevada team who got their first tournament win since 2004.
U.C. For Cincinnati look for Sophomore Guard Jarron Cumberland who put up 27 points in the first game. Jarron averages 11.3 points per game on 41.6% shooting (33.9% from 3). Jarron also averages 3.9 rebounds a game, 2.9 assists per game and 1.0 steals a game. Also for Cincinnati, look for Senior Forward Gary Clark who averages 12.9 points per game on 52.0% shooting and (43.5% from 3). Gary also averages 8.7 rebounds a game and 2.1 assists per game.
For Nevada, look for Junior Forward Caleb Martin who averages 19.1 points per game on 45.8% shooting (40.4% from 3). Caleb also averages 5.4 rebounds a game, 2.6 assists per game and 1.2 steals a game. Also for Nevada, look for Junior Guard Jordan Caroline who averages 17.8 points per game on 47.3% shooting (32.4% from 3). Jordan also averages 8.7 rebounds a game and 2.2 assists per game.
Overall: Cincinnati by 11
Estimated Score: 73-62 Cincinnati
X For Xavier look for Senior Guard J.P. Macura who averages 12.7 points per game on 47.1% shooting (37.0% from 3). J.P. had 29 points in their first game against Texas Southern. Also for Xavier look for Senior Guard Trevon Bluiett who averages 19.6points per game on 44.1% shooting (41.8% from 3). Trevon had 26 points in the first tournament game. A Notable performance was Kerem Kanter who had 24 points in Xavier’s Win over Texas Southern. Kerem averages 10.8 points per game on 58.3% shooting (34.0% from 3).
For Florida State look for Senior Forward Phil Cofer who averages 13.1 points per game on 49.2% shooting (39.7% from 3). Phil also averages 5.1 rebounds a game and had 9 points on 3 of 6 shooting (1 of 2 on 3’s) in their First Round game versus Missouri. Also for Florida State look for Junior Guard Terance Mann who averages 12.8 points per game on 55.9% shooting (24.5% from 3). A Notable performance was Mfiondu Kabengele who had 14 points on 4 of 10 shooting (1 of 2 from 3) and 12 rebounds in their First Round game versus Missouri.
Overall: Xavier by 16
Estimated Score: 81-65 Xavier
MAR 18 (SUN) 8:40 PM – NASHVILLE, TENN. – TV: TNT – RADIO: 55KRC-AM
Obama Presidential Bracket: President Obama has both Cincinnati and Xavier losing in the Elite 8. President Obama has Cincinnati losing to Virginia who took an early exit after losing to the UMBC Retrievers. President Obama has Xavier losing to North Carolina, who had an impressive First Round game winning 84 to 66 over Lipscomb.
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