We’ve got our dancing shoes on once again here at Cappers Info, and that means that it’s time for the NCAA Tournament picks to continue. Our next set of March Madness Bracket Predictions take us to the East Region, where the #7 Illinois Fighting Illini and the #2 Miami Hurricanes meet in the Third Round.
East Region Picks: #7 Illinois Fighting Illini vs. #2 Miami Hurricanes
Date: Sunday, March 24th, 8:40 PM
East Region Location: Frank Erwin Special Events Center, Austin, TX
Illinois vs. Miami Live on TV: TNT
Third Round Betting Lines
#7 Illinois Fighting Illini +5.5
#2 Miami Hurricanes -5.5
The Hurricanes are becoming one of the trendiest teams in the NCAA Tournament to back at this point, and they certainly didn’t do anything to make us believe that they would be in any danger any time soon when they disposed of the Pacific Tigers without all that much of a problem. We really liked Colorado’s chances against the Canes because it had the goods to hit the glass with the boys from the ACC. However, as we saw when the Illini took on the Buffs on Friday, when they aren’t hitting their outside shots, they’re in a heck of a lot of trouble. Illinois ended up only hitting 16-of-52 from the field, including knocking down just three shots for the entire second half. Thirty-one of the 52 shots from the field came from long range, and there were a ton of ill-advised shots. Sure, if Illinois can hit half of its threes, it will have a shot in this game. If it doesn’t though, there isn’t all that much in the way of big boys that can contend with guys like F Julian Gamble, C Reggie Johnson, and the rest of the Miami bigs. The Illini aren’t going to jump out to a huge lead in this game like they did against Colorado, and the first time that the boys from the Big Ten hit a cold stretch from the floor, this game is said and done with.
Illinois vs. Miami Free Pick: Miami Hurricanes -5.5
Illinois vs. Miami Predictions: Miami 71 – Illinois 59