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NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Picks
Written By: Cappersinfo Staff
No. 1 Louisville Cardinals -9 vs. No. 12 Arizona Wildcats +9
The Louisville Cardinals got all they could handle in the second round of the tournament against the Siena Saints 79-72. The Cardinals will now take on the emerging Arizona Wildcats to try and earn their second straight trip to the Elite Eight in the last two seasons. The Cardinals have played superb defense all season long holding opponents to only 61 points per game and their defense will be tested by some effective weapons on offense from Arizona. The Wildcats were criticized for merely being selected to the NCAA Tournament and now have the chance to become the surprise team of the tournament. The Wildcats are led by forward Jordan Hill who is averaging double-double number with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Hill along with Chase Budinger and others will try to lead the attempt to capture the biggest upset thus far in the tournament as the Wildcats look to become only the second number 12 seed to ever make the Elite Eight.
Pick - Arizona keeps it within the points. Arizona +9
No. 2 Michigan State Spartans -1.5 vs. No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks +1.5
Michigan State was predicted earlier this season to be the best team out of the Big Ten and they have been just that this season. The Spartans received the number 2 seed after winning the Big Ten regular season title. Michigan State is an excellent rebounding team that plays a slower style pace of basketball compared to most schools. Kalin Lucas posted 22 points in the Spartans win over Kansas earlier this year 75-62 and will try to lead another victory over the defending National Champions. Kansas is a much younger inexperienced team from the championship status last season. The Jayhawks youth was expected to hold them back in a rebuilding type season. However, Kansas has succeeded all expectations and has played very well throughout the second half of the season behind Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich. The Jayhawks will attempt to bring down the Spartans and make another championship run.
Pick - Kansas +1.5 (in a close one)
No. 1 Connecticut Huskies -7 vs. No. 5 Purdue Boilermakers +7
Connecticut was on top of the ranking for the majority of the second half of the season despite two losses to Pittsburgh in the final weeks of the season. The Huskies have been unstoppable so far during the tournament averaging just less than 100 points in the tournament. Connecticut has a star studded lineup that features many players who can catch the hot hand. The Huskies would consider a loss at this point in the tournament to be embarrassingly disappointing. Purdue will be the team trying hand the embarrassing upset. The Boilermakers have been a part of two very close games against Washington and Northern Iowa. The Boilermakers will hope to pull out another close win which would be a major upset this Thursday.
Pick - Connecticut -7
No. 2 Memphis Tigers -5 vs. No. 3 Missouri Tigers +5
The battle of the Tigers will take center stage this Thursday to determine which Tigers are worth of an Elite Eight appearance. Memphis has now won 27 straight games in their quest to make another National Championship appearance. Memphis looked very impressive in their win over Maryland and will need another big effort from Tyreke Evans and company. Missouri defeated a very solid Marquette team to earn their sweet sixteen appearance. Missouri received a big collective effort in that impressive performance with 4 different players scoring at least 15 points and they will need another similar performance against Memphis.
Pick - Memphis -5
No. 1 Pittsburgh Panthers -7 vs. No. 4 Xavier Musketeers +7
The Pittsburgh Panthers have been the least impressive number 1 seed if their has been any that have been unimpressive. Forward Sam Young exploded with 32 points in the Panthers second round match against Oklahoma State to beat the Cowboys 84-76. DeJuan Blair has been really big for the Panthers this season and is among one of the best individual rebounding weapons in America. Xavier has been quietly effective during the tournament fresh off a 60-49 win over Wisconsin. B.J Raymond has been the biggest offensive threat all season including the tournament and will look to lead the Musketeers over the top seeded Panthers who have shown signs of weaknesses.
Pick - Pittsburgh -7
No. 2 Duke Blue Devils -2 vs. No. 3 Villanova Wildcats
The Duke Blue Devils closed out the final week of the season strong by capturing their 11th ACC Tournament Championship. Duke has been strong in their first two meetings holding off a valiant effort from Texas in round two. Gerald Henderson has developed into a superstar that has given the Blue Devils the boost they have needed in the post season. Villanova is a small size team like Duke that moves the ball well. The Wildcats blew out UCLA by 20 points in round two and could present a lot of problems for Duke in the sweet sixteen. If Villanova can get the victory, they could likely meet Pittsburgh who they have already beaten once this season in the Elite Eight.
Pick - Duke -2
No. 1 North Carolina Tarheels -8.5 vs. No. 4 Gonzaga Bulldogs +8.5
North Carolina is the leading favorites to win the NCAA Championship this season. The reason comes from a roster that is second to none in terms of talent and depth. Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington have played brilliant in the backcourt. ACC all-time leading scorer Tyler Hansbrough has also been superb thus far in the tournament and North Carolina will attempt to live up to the expectations against Gonzaga. The Bulldogs narrowly escaped Western Kentucky 83-81 in round two to earn the sweet sixteen appearance. Gonzaga entire starting lineup scored at least 10 points in the winning effort. The Bulldogs will need all these starters to post big numbers again to keep pace with the nation’s most dangerous scoring offense that is averaging 92 points per game for the season.
Pick - North Carolina -8.5
No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners -1 vs. No. 3 Syracuse Orangemen +1
There may have been many people who found Oklahoma very vulnerable entering the NCAA Tournament. The Sooners lost 4 of their last 6 games to close out the season and appeared to have a lot of question marks. However, since the start of the tournament Oklahoma has played very well behind superstar Blake Griffin who has been marvelous. Griffin has posted 30 points on average in both games in the tournament while averaging an outstanding 15 rebounds as well. Syracuse has emerged as a solid tournament team as well. The Orange took down Connecticut in the 6 overtime thriller in the Big East tournament and has played very well so far in the NCAA Tournament. Eric Devendorf knocked down 21 points in the Orange 78-67 win in round two over Arizona State. Jonny Flynn has been the most effective weapon on offense this year averaging 17 points per game. The Orange and the Sooners will meet on Friday in what is expected to be a very hard fought battle for the right to make a trip to the Elite Eight.
Pick - Oklahoma -1