Villanova vs. Pittsburgh NCAA Bracket Predictions Elite 8: NCAA Bracket Predictions Elite 8 action continues tonight beginning at 7:05 PM ET (4:05 PM PT), as the No.3 Villanova Wildcats take on the top-seeded Pittsburgh Panthers from the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, MA.
The winner of this NCAA West Regional Finals will advance to the coveted NCAA Final Four to take on the winner between (1) North Carolina and (2) Oklahoma on April 4th at Ford Field in Detroit, MI. The 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship will also be played at Ford Field on April 6th 2009.
NCAA Bracket Predictions Elite 8 oddsmakers at SBGglobal.com have posted the following Sports Odds for this West Regional Final, currently favoring the Pittsburgh Panthers [-2, -135 ML] by a bucket over the underdog Villanova Wildcats [+2, +115].
Tonight when these cross-state rivals meet, it will be the Big East taking the national spotlight. “The Big East is going to be tough, no matter what,” said conference’s co-player of the year, DeJuan Blair of Pittsburgh. “The ACC — you really can’t compare them. They’re like rocks and cotton. We’re just toughness, we’re not finesse players.” The OVER/UNDER for this, Villanova vs. Pittsburgh NCAA Bracket Predictions Elite 8 has been set at a combined total of 141 points.
“I’ve been good for the whole tournament. Hopefully, they’ll keep letting me play the way I am,” Blair said. “I can’t get in foul trouble for my team to win. I’ve just got to be out on court. Everybody on my team and my family and my coaches and everybody just say to stay out of foul trouble. I’ve just got to keep playing. I’ve got to play disciplined. I’ve got to go in acting like I’ve got two fouls, as my coach told me. I just can’t get fouls and we’ll be hot.”
Villanova’s coach Jay Wright understands the task at hand when facing a team like Pitt, and a player like DeJuan Blair. “I refer to him as a beast in a very complimentary way,” coach Wright said. “I could see that being a Pittsburgh basketball player. Blue collar, like the Steelers, that’s how he plays, to me.”