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Purdue vs Connecticut NCAA Bracket Predictions Sweet 16

by Steve Hastings on Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Purdue vs. Connecticut NCAA Bracket Predictions Sweet 16: NCAA West Regional Semifinal action tips off tonight on CBS, beginning at 7:07 PM ET (4:07 PM PT) from University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, AZ), as the top-seeded Connecticut Huskies get set to take on the 5th seeded Purdue Boilermakers.

NCAA Bracket Predictions Sweet 16 oddsmakers at SBGglobal.com have chosen the Connecticut Huskies [-6½, -300] as the winners of tonight’s contest against the underdog, Purdue Boilermakers [+6½, +250].

On Wednesday morning, Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun met with his players to address a lot more than just game strategy against Purdue. Among some of the issues discussed, coach Calhoun tackled reports that UConn had broken NCAA rules when it recruited former basketball player Nate Miles .

“As far as we’re concerned and I’m concerned, we’re here to beat Purdue, and I want you to know that,” Calhoun said. “That’s basically the kind of the things that we talked to the kids about, then we shut it off.” The OVER/UNDER for this, Purdue vs. Connecticut NCAA Bracket Predictions Sweet 16 has been set at a combined total of 134 points.

The question right now for the Huskies is: how much of a distraction is this going to be going into the later stages of the NCAA tourney? “We are just mentally tough,” forward Jeff Adrien said. “It starts with our coach. We don’t let stuff like that bother us or whatever. We have been through a lot of ups and downs in our lives and everything. We just know how to block it off.”

“I think the kids right now, they are talking about can we go to the Phoenix Suns game tonight,” Calhoun said. “I think they are really looking at other things — where are we going to eat, all of those type of things. I think they are focused on what they have to do tomorrow to get to Saturday.”

 

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