Today's featured free play comes from expert Sean Murphy. Sean delivered a PERFECT 3-0 SWEEP in NCAA Tournament action which was part of his 5-0 all sports sweep on Thursday! He's now riding a terrific 9-2 (82%) NCAAB run. Check out his expert analysis below.
NCAAB: Colorado vs Illinois, March 22, 2013 - 4:40 PM
Capper: Sean Murphy
Pick: Colorado +1.5
Unlike last year, Colorado stumbled in the Pac-12 Tournament, and enters the NCAAs with little fanfare, or expectations.
I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing.
Keep in mind, this is largely the same squad that pulled an opening round upset of UNLV last March before bowing out against a superior Baylor squad two days later. I believe the Buffaloes are good for at least one victory again here in 2013.
Colorado has shown the ability to rise to the occasion away from home this season, notching tough victories over Baylor (neutral site game), Oregon, and Stanford, not to mention what should have been a win in Arizona back on January 3rd.
Illinois essentially played its way into this tournament in the first month of the season. Over the course of a perfect 12-0 start the Illini posted big wins over Butler and Gonzaga.
Since then, it's been a struggle. Save for a five-game winning streak in February, the Illini have had a tough time stacking up wins. This is by no means a favorable opening round draw.
I expect to see Colorado force this one into a halfcourt battle, ultimately disarming the Illini. Both teams struggled offensively down the stretch, but I have more faith in the Buffs' to rebound in this setting. Take Colorado (5*).
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