Well unfortunately for the Big 12 conference and Missouri fans my gut feeling was correct as the Tigers lost in the first round in a game many predicted they would win. When the Tigers jumped out quickly to a 9-2 lead I thought my prediction down below looked pretty bad. In sharp contrast to my overall bracket which already has a distinct color of red all over it my point spread predictions are still doing good, granted it's only been 2 games but I am feeling confident about the Big 12 schools tonight pulling a clean sweep.
Below were my predicitons for last nights games that I had posted on Wednesday.
MY PREVIOUS RECORD AGAINST SPREAD THIS SEASON: 33-16
MY NEW RECORD AGAINST SPREAD THIS SEASON: 35-16
MY PREDICTION: Tough game to call here as I do not think Cincinnati is a great team but I also have not been impressed with Missouri late in the season. The Tigers have played well in the tournament under Mike Anderson but watching Misssouri lately you get the feeling that something just isn't right with this current team. I am going to go against a previous prediction I made of Missouri winning their first game, if I had to put money down on this one I would ride the Bearcats.
RESULT: The Bearcats controlled this game for the most part and won by a score of 78-63. Not that the Tigers would have won but what can you do when Yancy Gates is stepping out and drilling 3 pointers. So even though the Big 12 lost I got this one correct.
Kansas State vs. Utah State Aggies - Another game where line varies somewhat but majority show K-State as a 2 point favorite.
MY PREDICTION: I have flip flopped on this game numerous times just in my mind thinking about. On one hand you have a Big 12 team in Kansas State who was playing well down the stretch and is led by All Big 12 performer Jacob Pullen going up against a WAC team who is a #12 seed. Then you hear about how Utah State is way better than a #12 seed and many people are picking the upset. If I was forced to put my own hard earned money down I would go with the team from the power conference with the preseason All-American guard so I am going to pick K-State for the win and the cover.
RESULT: K-State was clearly the better and more athletic team but they let Utah State hang around instead of putting them away which makes the final score of 73-68 seem a little bit closer than it was. My prediction of going with Big 12 team with star guard turned out to be correct and I got this one right as well.