SI.com 2003 Men's NCAA Tourney 2003 Men's NCAA Tourney


Posted: Wednesday March 19, 2003 1:38 PM
Updated: Friday March 21, 2003 5:03 AM

SI.com's Luke Winn gives his daily forecast of the NCAA tournament.
Friday, March 21 (click here for Saturday's picks)


12:15 p.m. ET
No. 3 Syracuse vs. No. 14 Manhattan
This is the first date on Syracuse's "Enjoy Carmelo Anthony While He's Around" postseason tour, which, as long as the Orangemen bottle up Luis Flores, will play the Fleet Center two nights before heading on to Albany, N.Y.
Orangemen 80, Jaspers 71


12:25 p.m. ET
No. 7 St. Joseph's vs. No. 10 Auburn
Excuse me for a minute while I search for a compelling reason to be excited about this game. . ... Still looking. Anyone?
Tigers 54, Hawks 51


12:30 p.m. ET
No. 1 Texas vs. No. 16 NC-Asheville
A win here and Asheville, the only team in the tournament with a losing record, will hit the .500 mark (at 16-16) -- and on a side note, become the only 16 seed to ever knock off a one seed. It's a nice thought.
Longhorns 89, Bulldogs 60


12:30 p.m. ET
No. 1 Kentucky vs. 16 IUPUI
Everyone, say your final ooey-pooey and move on. After more than a week's worth of cheap humor, a moratorium has hereby been declared on IUPUI jokes.
Wildcats 76, Jaguars 63


2:45 p.m. ET
No. 6 Oklahoma State vs. No. 11 Pennsylvania
If only the Quakers' Koko Archibong had played at a non-Ivy League institution, he'd be a household name -- along the lines of Coco Crisp. This upset could help.
Quakers 61, Cowboys 56


2:55 p.m. ET
No. 2 Wake Forest vs. No. 15 East Tennessee State
Is it possible for Justin Gray to start wearing that mask again? Something to make this one a little exciting, for the fans' sake.
Demon Deacons 87, Buccaneers 70


3:00 p.m. ET
No. 8 LSU vs. No. 9 Purdue
If these sorts of things matter to you, LSU knocked off Florida in the SEC tournament, while Purdue scored just 12 points in the first half in its only Big Ten tournament game, a loss to Michigan State. I tend to lend weight to such things.
Tigers 65, Boilermakers 57


3:00 p.m. ET
No. 8 Oregon vs. No. 9 Utah
Perhaps the most compelling mid-afternoon game would be much more so if Utes starter Britton Johnsen were making the trip to Nashville. Johnsen came down with an ill-timed case of mono, which warrants sympathy, not humor.
Ducks 72, Utes 61


7:10 p.m. ET
No. 7 Michigan State vs. No. 10 Colorado
The Spartans didn't win anything in the regular season and have little shot at winning this tournament. They could, however, print up shirts that say, "We were the only team to beat Kentucky at Rupp Arena" -- and I don't think anyone would make fun of them.
Spartans 63, Buffaloes 59


7:10 p.m. ET
No. 2 Pittsburgh vs. No. 15 Wagner
Wagner's coach, Dereck Whittenburg, knows miracles. In 1983, he was on the shooting end of N.C. State's famous air ball/alley-oop at the gun in the national title game. That said, his miracle quota has been filled.
Panthers 77, Seahawks 55


7:20 p.m. ET
No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 13 Austin Peay
After allowing Marvin Stone to play for an entire week, isn't the NCAA due for another intervention? It would be a shame, because the C-USA tourney-winning Cards are regaining that midseason form.
Cardinals 77, Governors 63


7:25 p.m. ET
No. 3 Xavier vs. No. 14 Troy State
While the upset potential exists, our scouting report on Troy State says the high-flying Trojans often "forget to play defense." If so, the Musketeers may want to employ an extra towelboy, just to wipe up David West's drool.
Musketeers 83, Trojans 76


9:40 p.m. ET
No. 2 Florida vs. No. 15 Sam Houston State
Gator freshman Matt Walsh now has competition from Vermont's David Hehn for "top floppy-haired, headband-wearing player in the tournament" status. Walsh will likely have the entire weekend to prove his superiority.
Gators 82, Bearkats 65


9:40 p.m. ET
No. 7 Indiana vs. No. 10 Alabama
Give me this game back in say, December, and I'd be a little more excited. Watch it to see which disappointing team heads home first. I'll vote out the hapless Tide; the Hoosiers at least showed mild signs of life in their conference tournament.
Hoosiers 62, Crimson Tide 57


9:50 p.m. ET
No. 5 Mississippi State vs. No. 12 Butler
MSU became a trendy Final Four pick after hanging with Kentucky in the SEC tourney title game; I'll pass on that, but give Mario Austin & Co. a first-round win. After the game, reprimand both schools for allowing yet another uncreative Bulldog-Bulldog matchup to occur.
Bulldogs (MSU) 65, Bulldogs (BU) 59


9:55 p.m. ET
No. 6 Maryland vs. No. 11 UNC Wilmington
Ah, the 32nd game of the first round -- after which I can look back at all this and assess the damage. I'll be sweating it out 'til the very end, putting a hex on Brett Blizzard and praying the Terps, the lowest seed in my Final Four, aren't totaled before they even get out of the garage.
Terrapins 79, Seahawks 70
On to Saturday's picks...

 
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