(16) East Tennessee State vs. (1) Pittsburgh NCAA Picks: Live from the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton (OH) beginning at 2:55 PM ET (11:55 PM PT), the East Region’s no. 1 ranked Pittsburgh Panthers (28-4, 15-3) take in the 16th seeded East Tennessee State Buccaneers (23-10, 14-6) in Day 2 of the NCAA March Madness Picks.
At the start of this NCAA Picks Tournament, the Pittsburgh Panthers went in as the Sports Odds favorites in the East Region to advance to the Final Four. Overall, Pittsburgh [+600] has the third best Sports Odds to become the next 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions, trailing only North Carolina [+300] and Louisville [+450] .
In this afternoon’s game, NCAA Picks oddsmaking experts at SBGglobal.com have listed the Pittsburgh Panthers [-19½] as an overwhelming Sports Odds favorite against the last place, East Tennessee State Buccaneers [+19½].
Needless to say, that in order for E. Tennessee to make NCAA tournament history and become the first No.16 seed to top a No.1 in Friday’s first round, they need to get production inside the lane and control the glass. That’s easier said than done when the Panthers have a 6’7”, 265-pound bruiser lurking, by the name of DeJuan Blair. “That would be me,” said 210-pound Buccaneers forward Greg Hamlin of undertaking the tall task of covering Blair. “We’ll do it as a team, pretty much.” The OVER/UNDER set for this, East Tennessee State vs. Pittsburgh NCAA Picks, has been at a combined 148 total points.
Despite being the heavy favorites in this game, Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon isn’t taking anyone lightly, especially not E. Tennessee State. “I think it’s good that we can tell them how good a team they are and how they’ve had a history of doing some things, making a name for themselves in the NCAA tournament,” he said. “It’s our first time as a No. 1 seed. They’ve got guys. They’ve put up numbers. They have a history.”