The first four games of the Sweet 16 are tonight and we will see which 4 teams will punch their ticket for the Elite Eight. With only one seed above a 4 in these regions, these games should be very competitive. Each of these games feature top-notch programs having good seasons and some of the best players in the country. After the week of preparation, each team should be ready for their opponent tonight. In this post, I will be detailing my thoughts on each game and we’ll see how those play out tonight.
To see me my predictions on each game, click read more. All times are eastern.
3 Miami vs. 2 VILLANOVA, 7:10pm on CBS – These two teams have both had great seasons in the past, but have struggled to make it far in the NCAA tournament. Both Jim Larrañaga and Jay Wright are excellent coaches who will have their teams in peak form for tonight’s game. The match-up to look at most in this game will be amongst the guards, where Angel Rodriquez and Ryan Arcidiacono will do battle. In this case, I am going to take Villanova because of the balanced play that Wright professes.
3 Texas A&M vs. 2 OKLAHOMA, 7:37pm on TBS – Will Buddy Hield be able to pull another victory out on his own? Will TAMU need a huge run in the last 45 seconds to win? I don’t know, but the former is much more likely. I have said this for every game so far this tournament, and I will again here: I do not think Buddy Hield is ready to go out.
5 Maryland vs. 1 KANSAS, 9:40pm on CBS – If Melo Trimble plays the way he can, the Terps have a chance, but if he does not, this could easily be the biggest blowout of the night. Maryland needs their stud to show out, along with the other players around him to play well. Look for a good game from Melo and Diamond Stone if Maryland wins. However, I think the Jayhawks have too balanced of an attack. I see Kansas moving on.
4 Duke vs. 1 OREGON, 10:07pm on TBS – Duke has really struggled in the first two games of this tournament, and I think that that will continue tonight. The 4th seeded Blue Devils need help in this one, but Oregon is not a very strong #1 seed. If either team plays poorly, they will lose. I think the more consistent team is Oregon, though, and the Ducks will take the W.
And that’s all I have for now, so this is me…signing off. -Lukas.