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March 22, 2011

Duke tops Sweet 16 Picks and 2011 Final Four Predictions

SOUTHEAST: No. 2 Florida vs. No. 3 BYU (Thursday, 7:27 p.m., TBS/TSN2)
No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 8 Butler (Thursday, 9:57 p.m., TBS/TSN2)

The Jimmer Fredette Mission hits the Big Easy looking to convert as many non-believers as three-pointers. Fredette’s sensational; one-man shows go only so far in the NCAA Tournament. He’ll need help from inside, because the Gators will look to win this game with power forwards Vernon Macklin and Patric Young, who can jump so high he left the “k” in his first name behind. Expect Erving Walker to pressure the Cougars’ defense and Billy Donovan to march back to the Elite Eight while some shrewd reporter goes to find the real story about this game: How many of BYU’s fans can stay true to their school’s Honor Code in the French Quarter (take the under on that one).

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March 21, 2011

Only 2 Canadians left in 2011 March Madness as Sweet Sixteen nears

Arizona’s stunning victory over Texas on Sunday eliminated two of the most talented college basketball players to come out of Canada. Brampton’s Tristan Thompson, a potential first-round NBA draft pick one day, and guard Cory Joseph of Pickering saw their freshman season with the No. 4 Longhorns end dramatically when Derrick Williams converted a three-point play that gave the fifth-seeded Wildcats a 70-69 win and a berth in the Sweet Sixteen round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

Only two Canadians remain in the tournament: Marquette sophomore guard Junior Cadougan, a Toronto native who played his high school basketball in Georgia and Texas and was one of the top 75 recruits among the 2009-10 freshman class; and  Richmond small forward Francis-Cedric Martel, a 6-6 junior from Montreal who averages 4.7 points coming off the bench.

If either Cadougan or Martel becomes the first Canadian since Denham Brown (2003-04 UConn) to be part of a national championship team, then this tournament will go down as the most shocking in history. The Golden Eagles are an 11 seed who will face No. 2 North Carolina in the East Region while the 12th-seeded Spiders take on No. 1 Kansas in the Southwest. No double-digit seed has ever won the tournament.

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