Sweet 16 Preview and Predictions

Arguably the best part of the tournament is over in the first and second round games and that leaves us with only 3 more rounds left then the National CHampionship game. So far they has not been many surprises compared to past years it’s pretty much just been all chalk so far besides Oregon. Let’s get into how I think the Sweet 16 is going to turn out.

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#1 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs #4 Florida State Seminoles

I think this will be a very very good game with a few surprises. I originally thought Gonzaga would lose in the second round but that didn’t happen and here they are in the sweet 16. Florida State played very very good in their last game vs Ja Morant and Murray State and I think they’ll do the same this game. I think the Seminoles upset the Zags and advance to the Elite 8.

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#2 Tennessee Volunteers vs #3 Purdue Boilermakers

I’m not really a big fan of either of these teams I don’t think Tennessee is very good and same with Purdue. After last weekend I do think Tennessee will have more fire behind them than Purdue but I think it’ll be a close game with Tennessee coming out on top.

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#2 Michigan Wolverines vs #3 Texas Tech Red Raiders

As a Michigan fan I would say this is the game i’m most worried about until the final 4. I still think Michigan will win this game but if they start to make some silly mistakes and miss shots I don’t think they’ll be able to hang with Texas Tech if there playing a good game. I don’t think Beilein will let his boys play a sloppy game so I think Michigan wins this one.

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#1 Virginia Cavaliers vs #12 Oregon Ducks

The Ducks are the only double digit seed or any seed lower than 5 that was able to sneak into the sweet 16 and they take on an upset prone team in Virginia. Not that Virginia is looking weak or anything it’s just that after you lose to a 16 seed your school will forever be known as an upset prone school. With the Ducks looking very hot as of late I think there is a chance they upset Virginia but not a very big chance so I think Virginia wins this game but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was an upset.

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#2 Michigan State Spartans vs #3 LSU Tigers

Everyone is highly on Michigan State for this game and I just don’t see the reason why. This school is known to disappoint in March and have some very bad losses under their belt. With a team like LSU coming off a big last minute win I think they’ll wanna run it up on the Spartans so I think the Tigers come out on top in this matchup.

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#1 North Carolina Tar Heels vs #5 Auburn Tigers

This will for sure be a high scoring matchup and a fast pace game. The Auburn coach has said that his team is ready to play fast with UNC but i don’t think they’ll be able to keep up after a while. So I think UNC wins this game pretty easily.

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#1 Duke Blue Devils vs #4 Virginia Tech Hokies

After a very close one on Sunday I think Coach K will get the boys fired up for this game and look to blowout the Hokies. I think VT will keep it close in the first half but I think Duke will take over the game at some point and win by a solid amount.

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#2 Kentucky Wildcats vs #3 Houston Cougars

Even though this game is a 2 vs 3 I think it is very uneven in favor of the Wildcats. Especially now with PJ Washington back I think it’ll be a fairly easy win for Kentucky. No disrespect to Houston I just think this Kentucky team is very very good and serious title contenders.

By Andrew Kalb

 

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