Madness has transpired, the dust has cleared, and we’re left with sixteen contenders for one trophy. Here’s how I see the next two days playing out. Feel free to give me hell in the comment section when I get only one or two of these correct. Here goes:
1 – Dayton beats Stanford
The Flyers are 3.5 point underdogs here, but no matter: Dayton will beat Stanford today. The Cardinal did beat Kansas…but that was without the Jayhawks star big man Joel Embiid on the court. Meanwhile, the Flyers have dispatched two very good, full-strength teams in Ohio State and Syracuse. If you think the Flyers are inferior to the Cardinal, consider this: Dayton sports an 11-7 record against top-100 competition, while Stanford is only 9-11 in such games. The Flyers are the better team, and it will show on the court. Dayton goes to the Elite Eight.
2 – Baylor shocks Wisconsin
Okay, I’m guilty. I had Wisconsin losing to Oregon in the Round of 32…and that looked like a really good pick for 20 minutes. But then the Badgers battled back and toppled the Ducks. Nonetheless, I still don’t believe in Wisconsin. Baylor is peaking at the right time and is looking like a straight-up FORCE so far. The Bears pull the upset and move on to the Elite Eight.
3 – Florida beats UCLA by double digits
Yeah, the Gators haven’t looked utterly dominant so far, as they played a sloppy first half against Albany and let Pitt hang around for twenty minutes in the Round of 32. Yeah, UCLA has looked great in two blowout wins. But make no mistake; the Gators are the far superior team here. Favored by five points at the time I’m writing this, the Gators roll the Bruins by double digits. Book it.
4 – Arizona gets all they can handle from SDSU
Arizona has looked dominant so far, and I think they’re the superior team here. But don’t get it twisted, the Aztecs are legit. Arizona will prevail, but look for San Diego State to finally show that the Mountain West can play good ball deep into March.
5 – Tennessee shocks Michigan
Yeah, I hate the Big 10. Nothing to see here. Move along.
But still, this is happening.
6 – Even without Georges Niang, Iowa State gets past UConn
In my opinion, this is the toughest call of the Sweet Sixteen. But after Iowa State showed that they could win, albeit in a comeback, without one of their stars, I’m still a believer in the Cyclones. Plus, I picked St. Joe’s beating UConn in the first round. Maybe I’m bitter. I’m definitely bitter. Let’s get it, Cyclones!
7 – Louisville proves that experience beats athleticism
Kentucky, the preseason #1, the all-freshmen dream team, loses to Louisville. Because that’s the best thing for college basketball. Ain’t nobody a fan of one-and-done sellouts.
8 – Michigan State beats Virginia…but this is not an upset
Indeed, at the time I’m writing this, the Spartans are two-point favorites over the Cavaliers. And for good reason…only one of these teams struggled to beat Coastal Carolina in the first round. Sparty beats UVA by double digits.
Please, give me shit in the comments section. See you in the Elite Eight, bros.
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