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The Elite 8 is upon us, and here at Cappers Info, we are all set to make our March Madness picks for the fourth full round of the dance! Check out all of the NCAA Tournament upsets and Elite 8 picks for the biggest night of the year to date.
Matchup: #8 Butler Bulldogs vs. #2 Florida Gators
Date: Saturday, March 26th, 4:20 ET
Location: Southeast Region, New Orleans, LA
NCAA Basketball Odds: Florida -3.5
Boy, do we have a good one on our hands on Saturday! Butler might not be a team that you had penciled into your Elite 8 this season, but you know that this is a team that can really play. Assuming that the Ohio State Buckeyes take care of the Kentucky Wildcats on Friday, the Bulldogs are going to be the only returner to the Elite 8 from last season, and one way or the other, they’ll be the only group that can make it to the Final Four for the second straight year. Florida has a great team with a lot of promise to it as well, and Head Coach Billy Donovan knows that he has a squad that can really continue to do a ton of damage in this field. Home court advantage will definitely go to the Gators once again, something that has been the case really throughout the whole tournament, and this is something that you know the blue and orange are going to embrace.
Florida certainly has the more talented team, and it might have one of the most underappreciated bunches in the entire country. Chandler Parsons just finds ways to stuff the stat sheet, and Alex Tyus has been a monster in the paint. For Butler, we are concerned that Matt Howard is going to get himself into foul trouble against all of these lanky players, but he has found his way around those issues during the Round of 32 and the Sweet 16. If Howard isn’t at his best, Butler is in trouble. Still, Florida has the two wins in this series since 2000, both games of which came in the dance, and we tend to think that this is its year to get back into the Final Four in Houston. Free March Madness Picks: Florida Gators -3.5
Matchup: #5 Arizona Wildcats vs. #3 Connecticut Huskies
Date: Saturday, March 26th, 7:05 ET
Location: West Region, Anaheim, CA
NCAA Basketball Odds: Connecticut -2.5
Get yourself ready for a game that is going to be fast and furious on Saturday afternoon. Though we knew that the West Bracket was going to have the potential to be wide open, we weren’t so sure that it was going to be this wide open. There were plenty of reasons to doubt both Arizona and Connecticut. Teams out of the Pac-10 really haven’t done all that well in this tourney over the course of the last few seasons, while UConn is certainly proving that you can both survive in the Big East Tournament and last in the NCAA Tournament, something that hasn’t happened a lot in seasons past. In fact, the Huskies might be the final team of the 11 left standing in this tourney when it’s said and done if the Marquette Golden Eagles end up getting bounced on Friday against the North Carolina Tar Heels.
The question that we have for UConn is whether Alex Oriakhi is going to be able to withstand the pressure that is going to be coming from Derrick Williams. Both are really the same type of player when push comes to shove, as they both can go outside of the paint to do damage. However, we know that Oriakhi has really fallen off over the course of the second half of the season, and as a result, it really has just been the Kemba Walker Show at times. Arizona has a significantly deeper team, and it has a great home court edge playing in Anaheim, and though we know that UConn will be used to the Western Time Zone by the time this one tips on Saturday, we just tend to think that the depth of the Wildcats will be able to wear down the lack of depth shown by the Huskies. At some point, Walker will be stopped. The Huskies stop here. Free March Madness Picks: Arizona Wildcats +2.5