Tag: NCAA Basketball
NCAA Tournament Fantasy Preview
Wisconsin Badgers VS Xavier Musketeers
# 2 Xavier Musketeers and the # 7 Wisconsin Badgers will meet tonight in a battle for their Sweet 16 spots in St-Louis. This battle will be a physical one highlighting the different styles and pace of each teams. FanPicks is proud to bring you this NCAA Tournament Fantasy Preview. Come enjoy our March Madness contests at Fanpicks with over 5 MILLION dollars in prizes for the NCAA TOURNAMENT.
Xavier ranks among the top teams remaining in this tournament especially when it comes down to their potent offense. The Musketeers average 81 pts per game with about 72.6 possessions. In contrast, the Badgers average 68.2 pts per game with about 63.9 possessions.
On top of that, the Badgers only shot 32.1 % from the field. Their freshman Ethan Happ accounted for almost a third of their pts (15) however, the teams’s top 2 scorers, Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes combined for a terrible 14 pts and 4 of 25 from the field. The Badgers will need to have their key players to step up big time to the plate and finish their big plays if they want to head back like the past 2 seasons to the Final Four. A performance like the one against the Panthers will have them out of the contest in the first half. Maybe with history on their side, entering this second round, only Kentucky and Louisville have recorded more wins in an NCAA tournament than the Badgers.
The Musketeers however are going into this game confident and aiming for their 2nd consecutive Sweet 16 appearance. They made it to the Sweet 16 five times in the last seven years. They shot 48.4 % in their first round game and are extremely dominant on the rebound section, led by their senior James Farr. Farr recorded his 6th double-double of the season with a 18 pts and 15 boards performance. Their leading scorer Trevon Bluiett averages 15.3 pts and has been instrumental in the team’s success this year. Xavier has only lost twice in their past 11 games against Big Ten Conference teams and won their last 2 meetings against the Badgers, including a 2nd round NCAA tournament win back in 2009.
March Madness Fantasy Preview
Indiana Hoosiers VS Kentucky Wildcats
This will be a huge battle between two powerhouses and two extremely dynamic point guards. The Kentucky Wildcats will square off against the Indiana Hoosiers in what could’ve been a dream Sweet 16 matchup. Fanpicks is proud to bring you this March Madness Fantasy preview. Come enjoy our March Madness contests at Fanpicks with over 5 MILLION dollars in prizes for the NCAA TOURNAMENT.
This will be the 57th time that the rivals square off against one another and their first matchup since 2012.
There will be an amazing matchup between 2 of the the nation’s top Point Guards, Indiana’s senior, Yogi Ferrell and Kentucky’s sophomore, Tyler Ulis. Both players are playing extremely well as Ferrel got his 1st double-double of the season in the 1st round against 12th seed Chattanooga while Ulis led the floor for his team as usual in the thrashing of Stony Brook.
Indiana will definitely rely on their senior PG and their offense which shot nearly 65% from the field. They have other players that will need to step up like forward OG Anunoby who scored 14 pts and averaging 13.5 pts in his last 2 games. Their frontcourt of Troy Williams and Thomas Bryant will need to cope with the Wildcats’ veterans. This will be Ferrell’s 136th career game for Indiana, a record for any Hoosiers.
Coach Calipri’s Wildcats are excited about this rematch of their 2012 Sweet 16 matchup. Kentucky comes into this game after smoking out # 13 Stony Brook, with great help from their leading scorer Jamal Murray’s 19 pts, 15 of them coming in the second half. Their Freshman Isaiah Briscoe played well and was effective with a double-double 13 pts and 11 boards performance. Kentucky broke the single-game record in terms of blocks with 15 in an NCAA Tournament in their first round match. Ironically, it was their leader’s Ulis lowest scoring game in over two months with 10 pts and 7 assists. The Wildcats only played one Big Ten team and lost to Ohio State whereas the Hoosiers toppled the Buckeyes by 25 pts.
The winner of this game will face East region’s top seed North Carolina or 9th seed Providence if there’s another upset.
March Madness East Region Fantasy
Michigan Wolverines VS Notre Dame Fighting Irish
A few hours after what may questionably be one the biggest upset ever in NCAA first round play, the sixth-seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be battling against the eleventh-seeded Michigan Wolverines at the Barclays Center. FanPicks is proud to bring you this March Madness East Region fantasy preview. Come enjoy daily NCAA Fantasy Basketball at Fanpicks ahead of this upcoming March Madness with over 5 MILLION dollars in prizes in our contests.
Notre Dame entered the ACC tournament as one of the most efficient teams offensively in the nation. After stunning Duke by coming back from a 16-point deficit, they entered the semis in total confidence against North Carolina. Unfortunately for them, a total breakdown during the game going FG-less for 11 minutes was all it took for them to get blown out.
They will try to use efficiently their tough foward Zach August who’s been a beast all season especially the last 12 games, averaging 15.7 pts per contest with 11.9 boards with 8 double-doubles. Their scoring leader Demetrius Jackson hasn’t been playing at his full potential lately and failing to meet his scoring avg. in his last 7 games. With Jackson’s sudden slide in contributions, V.J. Beachem has stepped up and most notably beyond the arc.
The Wolverines enter this game after earning the rights to face Notre Dame by beating Tulsa this Wednesday in one the First Four games. It will be their 5th game in 9 days. They’re playing very well lately and after upsetting top seed Indiana, they lost to Purdue in the Big Ten semis.
Michigan is known to be deadly beyond the arc, leading the Big Ten with 9.3 3-points made per game and 2nd among NCAA Tournament teams. They used that weapon against the Hoosiers with 0.2 seconds left on the clock to pull in the upset.
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman is a key player for the Wolverines lately scoring at least 14 pts in 4 straight games and 6 of his last 8.
These two schools are iconic rivals in the Football department making it very interesting and a perfect matchup.
BIG 12 Conference tournament fantasy preview
With Kansas, the nation’s # 1 team and favorite to take the Big 12 conference tournament, it’s a great time for college hoop fans and fantasy enthusiasts to do some deep research and monitor the games ahead of the NCAA Tournament. FanPicks is proud to give you this Big 12 conference tournament fantasy preview in order to give you a head start breaking down the favorites and underdogs to look out for.
The Kansas JayHawks have not lost since January 25th but had their revenge against the Iowas State Cyclones in the season finale, finishing off their season on a strong 11 game winning streak. The Big 12 conference, questionably the toughest out of all of them has 6 teams in the TOP 25, showing nothing but fierce competition all year long.
Even though the JayHawks are nice favorites to win it, they will have to go through Oklahoma and West Virginia. Kansas’ top prospects and NBA potentials Cheick Diallo and Wayne Selden Jr. will be expected to outperform their opponents as they’ve had all season long.
With their lone loss to Kansas in the last game of the seasons, lookout for the Longhorns in the ncaa tournament as they finished off their season with 3 wins out of their last. Unfortunately for them, they will have to wait their NCAA tournament seeding on Sunday as they were unable to stop Baylor’s Taurean Prince’s tremendous play today in the conference quarters. Prince will be a force to watch out for during the tournament and is also an NBA prospect.
NCAA College Fantasy Basketball
North Carolina VS Duke
# 8 North Carolina Tar Heels will be visiting the Cameron Indoor Stadium Saturday to battle the Duke Blue Devils in their last game of regular season and hope to clinch its 1st ACC title since the 2011-12 season. FanPicks is proud to bring you this NCAA College Fantasy Basketball matchup preview. Come enjoy daily NCAA Fantasy Basketball at Fanpicks ahead of this upcoming March Madness 2016.
Both teams will be looking forward to this electrifying classic game in which the Tar Heels will try to seek their revenge from their heartbreaking defeat mid February by 1 point, a game in which they actually controlled and dominated but Duke stole it in the end.
Duke, currently ranked 5th in the ACC and 21st in the nation, will enter this game having lost 2 on the road of their last 4 games since their nailbiter against the Tar Heels last month. Their latest victory against Wake Forest on Tuesday may give them a boost of confidence with a dominant performance once more by their sophomore star Grayson Allen, netting 30 pts. Allen has scored in double digits each game since the holiday break. With most of the pressure on Grayson Allen and Brandon Ingram, Luke Kennard will most likely step up and make those shots from beyond the arc. Marshall Plumlee should play his typical double-double game but if he gets in foul trouble, Duke may be in trouble. The Blue Devils have won the last 4 contests against their biggest ACC rivals.
The Tar Heels are stepping into their last game of this brilliant season not only avenge last month’s final seconds loss to the Blue Devils but to outright clinch their first ACC title in 4 years. Since their last matchup, North Carolina has won 3 of their last 4 contests. With seniors’ night over, the Tar Heels will hope that Marcus Paige step up and have a big game. He’s been struggling lately, shooting barely 28% over the last 5 games but their other senior, Brice Johnson has been enormous, shooting 50% from floor in his last 7 games and recently added got his 18th double-double of the season in Tuesday’s win against Syracuse. They will need to step up their 3-point range shooting to top the Blue Devils as they went 1 of 13 in their first matchup.
NCAA Fantasy Basketball
Ohio State vs Michigan State
Things are heating up in College Basketball in this last season game with Ohio State Buckeyes travelling to East Lansing to face the Michigan State Spartans once more. FanPicks is proud to bring you this NCAA Fantasy Basketball Preview ahead of the big March Madness tournament.
The Buckeyes are heavy underdogs coming into this game against the number 2 ranked Spartans. They’re a very young energetic team with a lot of potential when they play their best basketball. Currently tied in 5th with Iowa and Purdue, it will be the second time they meet Michigan State in less than 2 weeks. Despite a solid performance from Ohio State, they were unable to stop the red hot shooting from Bryn Forbes who sank 7 of his 10 3 pt attempts and finishing the night with 27. Even with the lost of their star forward Jae’Sean Tate for the season due to a shoulder injury, they’ve been playing well and other players have stepped up such as freshman Mickey Mitchell. The Buckeyes have lost their last 3 when visiting the Spartans but all games were decided by 4 pts or less. They will absolutely need a formula to stop Forbes’ shooting, currently the best in the country.
Going into this last game of their season, clinching the Big Ten title is impossible for the second ranked Spartans. However, they still have a good shot at runner up, currently in a 3 way second place tie with Wisconsin and Maryland, both playing on Sunday. Their leading scorer, senior Denzel Valentine will be playing his last season game tomorrow as a Spartans. Ranked among conference leaders, he’s mentioned in potential candidates to become national player of the year averaging 19.3 pts, 7.6 boards and 7.3 assists per game. Those absurd numbers put him on pace to be the first player in NCAA since 1983-84 season to rank top 10 in boards and assists, as well as high scoring average. He’s been getting quite the help lately from his teammate, Bryn Forbes, who’s been playing phenomenal. Forbes, the nationwide leader in 3-pt shooting average broke the Big Ten record this past Wednesday in their win against Rutgers, sinking 11 from beyond the arc. This will be an interesting and closer game people think with both teams in East Lansing.
College Fantasy Basketball Duke VS Pittbsburgh
NCAA COLLEGE FANTASY BASKETBALL DUKE VS PITTSBURGH PREVIEW
18th ranked Duke Blue Devils will travel to north to face the Pittsburgh Panthers as they march towards the ACC title. On another note, the Panthers are still on the grind to insure their place in the NCAA Tournament next month. This college fantasy basketball preview is brought you by FanPicks.
The Blue devils are not only currently on a hot streak and but have also won the past 2 matchups against PITT since the Panthers are in the ACC. They recently beat the Seminoles in a comfortable win 80-65. Their go-to player, Grayson Allen scored 18 pts and shot below is usual average of 48% from the field. Allen, who’s averaging 20.9 pts per game and has scored more than 15 in every contests since the holiday break.
The Panthers on their hand need to get their players’ focus on point since the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee will have to make their decision soon on their participation. Unfortunately for them this year, they haven’t won a single game against a ranked team. Even though they’re playing great basketball and currently ranking 7th nationwide in assists, they’re seriously struggling in the turnover and long shooting range departments. They will need some help from their top player Michael Young, who averages 16.1 pts per game but has only put up 18 pts in his last 2 games in total.
FANTASY BASKETBALL FLORIDA STATE VS DUKE
NCAA COLLEGE FANTASY BASKETBALL FLORIDA STATE VS DUKE PREVIEW
15th-ranked Duke (20-7, 9-5 ACC) will count on a healthier backcourt to push them back into victory, after losing to Louisville on Saturday. They will take on the struggling Florida State Seminoles (16-11, 6-9 ACC). FanPicks has your preview for this fantasy basketball Florida State vs Duke high-profile college game.
Florida State has one of the most prolific freshman duos in ACC history. Malik Beasley and Dwayne Bacon are each averaging over 15 points per game. Point guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes come s third in team-scoring with 11.8 points per game. The Seminoles are also rewarded by the solid contribution of Devon Bookert off the bench. The issue with this team is their lack of defensive acumen. They’ve let Virginia Tech shoot 60.9% in the second-half and get away with the victory, this past Saturday. The loss was their fourth straight one, giving them their worst stretch since February 2007. Florida State has also lost eight straight road game against ranked opponents.
Since losing Amile Jefferson to a broken foot, Duke has gone primarly with with a six-man starting rotation. Their lack of depth was tested at Louisville, as Matt Jones was out because of an ankle injury and fellow guard, Derryck Thornton, left the game with a shoulder ailment. Both are expected to play tonight though. The Blue Devil have been relying on their solid shooting range since losing Jefferson. Grayson Allen (21 points/G) and Brandon Ingram (17 points/G) have been excellent from the perimeter, shooting over 40%.
The Blue Devils are 19-2 when scoring 70 or more points, while Florida State has allowed at least 70 in five of its last six games. The Blue Devils are tied for fifth in the ACC standings and could have an outside shot at a share of the conference title by winning their final four games.