Chris Hagan’s tournament takes
By Chris Hagan
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 13, 2016) – It’s that time of year again. Put on your dancing shoes college basketball fans. Four Indiana teams in this year’s field of 68 – all them garnering at-large bids to the tournament.
Here’s a look at the 1st round matchups for our local schools.
Indiana vs Chattanooga
The Hoosiers get the 5 seed in the East Regional and will face the 12th seeded Moccasins at 7:10pm Thursday in Des Moines. IU opens as an 11-point favorite and I think they will handle that easily.
Tom Crean’s squad was red hot before going one and done in the Big Ten tournament , so I don’t think they’ll get tripped up here. Just don’t get caught looking ahead to a potential matchup in the 2nd round with Kentucky!
Hagan says: IU wins 81-65.
Purdue vs Arkansas – Little Rock
The Boilers get the 5 seed in the Midwest Regional and will face the 12th seeded Trojans at 4:30pm Thursday in Denver. Purdue opens as an 9-point favorite. I’ve said all season I like how this team is built for postseason play. Just beware the dreaded 12 over a 5 curse! UALR has won 8 of 9 and is 29-4 this season.
Hagan says: Purdue wins 77-71
Butler vs Texas Tech
The Bulldogs get the 9 seed in the Midwest Regional and will face the 8th seeded Red Raiders at 12:40pm Thursday in Raleigh. Butler opens as a 2 1/2-point favorite, so it’s expected to be another close 8/9 matchup. Tubby Smith’s team has lost 3 of its last 4 however, so I’ll take the Dogs.
Hagan says: Butler wins 70-64.
Notre Dame vs Michigan/Tulsa winner
The Irish get a 6 seed in the East with their 21-11 overall record and 11-7 mark in the rugged ACC. ND got waxed in their conference tourney by 31 points, so they’ll be chomping at the bit. I think they’ll beat Tulsa, but I’d be worried about a matchup with Michigan. Their game will be at 9:40 Friday night in Brooklyn.
Hagan says: I don’t know yet!