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NCAA Bracket Preview, Predictions: St. John's Vs. Gonzaga

One of the 2011 NCAA Tournament's most popular upset picks, the contest between the No. 6 St. John's Red Storm and No. 11 Gonzaga Bulldogs will decide who gets a likely second ("third") round matchup against the No. 3 BYU Cougars. No clue how Gus Johnson wasn't assigned to work an upset-alert game featuring a team for whom one of his greatest calls became a rallying cry, but all right.

 

Star Watch: Senior Dwight Hardy leads the Johnnies in scoring with 18 per game, while forward Justin Brownlee is in the team's top three in points, rebounds, blocks, steals, and shooting percentage, and he can shoot from deep pretty well for a big man. The high-scoring Zags spread the ball around well, with distributors Robert Sacre and Elias Harris averaging over 12 points and about six assists per game each.

Prediction: Lots of people are thinking upset, and the numbers back it up. The Red Storm has certainly lost to teams less talented than Gonzaga, and their Madison Square Garden referee magic won't join them in Denver.

More Reading: St. John's fans should already be reading Rumble In The Garden and SB Nation New York daily, while Gonzaga fans must be slippin' if they don't keep up with The Slipper Still Fits and SB Nation Seattle.

Need help picking your bracket? Check out SB Nation's full 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket predictions, picking every game of March Madness, or our region by region breakdowns for the East RegionWest RegionSoutheast Region, and Southwest Region.

Did your team miss the 2011 NCAA Tournament? We have you covered: check out the 2011 NIT bracket.