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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: #4 Kentucky Wildcats vs. #2 North Carolina Tar Heels
Date: Sunday, March 27th, 2:10 ET
Location: East Region, Newark, NJ
NCAA Basketball Odds: Kentucky -1
Let’s get this straight. Kentucky beats the No. 1 seed in this tournament by virtue of a buzzer beater, and then all of a sudden, it is deserving of being a favorite against one of the other best teams in the land? North Carolina and Kentucky have taken very similar roads to get into the Elite 8. Neither one really played all that well at the start of the season, and both really came on strong at the end of conference play. Both made it into the finale of their conference tournaments, and both were officially off and running at that point. The Cats have had a bit of a tougher road to get here in the dance, but Carolina did get a stern test in there as well from the Washington Huskies.
In terms of this game itself, it’s going to be really hard to fight history. North Carolina has won seven out of eight SU and has gone 7-0-1 ATS over the course of the last eight years in this series. We know that the Wildcats have found themselves in recent weeks, but they are still a bunch that struggled with the Princeton Tigers in the first round of this dance. That certainly doesn’t justify them being favored over a North Carolina team with arguably the best front court in the entire country. John Henson, Harrison Barnes, and Tyler Zeller should once again dominate these proceedings. Free March Madness Picks: North Carolina Tar Heels +1
Matchup: #11 VCU Rams vs. #1 Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Sunday, March 27th, 4:55 ET
Location: Southwest Region, San Antonio, TX
NCAA Basketball Odds: Kansas -10.5
The only No. 1 seed in the tournament meets up with the highest seed left in the dance on Sunday afternoon, as the final spot in the Final Four will be handed out to either the Jayhawks or the Rams. Kansas is still trying to avoid the embarrassment of getting knocked out of the tourney by a mid major for the second straight season, while VCU is really trying to lead the same road that the George Mason Patriots did in 2006 when they made it to the Final Four. Both teams were from the CAA, both were No. 11 seeds, and both were certainly on no one’s radar to make it into the dance, let alone to do damage when they got here.
Here’s the question: Is VCU going to be able to get past this defense? The Rams put together a very, very impressive showing against the Florida State Seminoles and lived to tell about it on Friday night. However, Kansas just held a very similar bunch of Richmond Spiders down to just 4-for-26 from downtown on the night in the Sweet 16, and there is no doubt that a similar showing would see the Rams out of this tournament in horrid fashion. Bradford Burgess has been out of his skull over the course of these last few games, and he just keeps getting better and better as the tourney goes on. VCU’s dream will end here in the Elite 8, but there is no doubt in our minds that it is going to give the Jayhawks a run for their money. Free March Madness Picks: VCU Rams +10.5