NCAA Tournament Free Picks: Sweet 16 Picks 3/24

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The Sweet 16 is upon us, and here at Cappers Info, we are all set to make our March Madness picks for the third full round of the dance! Check out all of the NCAA Tournament upsets and Sweet 16 picks for the biggest night of the year to date.

Matchup: #3 Connecticut Huskies vs. #2 San Diego State Aztecs
Date: Thursday, March 24th, 7:15 ET
Location: West Region, Anaheim, CA
NCAA Basketball Odds: Connecticut -1
Over/Under 128

The Huskies are probably the hottest team in the country right now, as they have won seven straight games both SU and ATS, and they have done so in a span of less than two weeks. The only question that we have is whether or not this is finally going to catch up to Kemba Walker and company. Walker has been absolutely amazing, and there is a gripe that he is the best player in this entire tournament at this point, even including BYU’s Jimmer Fredette. San Diego State has only won two tourney games in its history, both of which came last week. The Aztecs really had to fight and fight incredibly hard to best the Temple Owls in the second full round of the tourney, but they were really able to persevere in the face of adversity. The big problem that the Huskies have is this trip to get out to Anaheim. Relatively speaking, San Diego State can walk over to the Honda Center, while UConn has to take a heck of a lot of flights just to get out here. You can bet that there will be a ton of home court advantage going the Aztecs’ way, and if they’re legit, they’re going to be the team to beat. Free March Madness Picks: San Diego State Aztecs +1

Matchup: #3 BYU Cougars vs. #2 Florida Gators
Date: Thursday, March 24th, 7:27 ET
Location: Southeast Region, New Orleans, LA
NCAA Basketball Odds: Florida -3
Over/Under 149

After almost two weeks of waiting, we will finally figure out whether BYU or Florida was the team that was really deserving of being the No. 2 seed in the Southeast Region. The Cougs and Gators squared off in the first round of March Madness betting action last year, and after a hard fought game, which included overtime, Jimmer Fredette and company were able to persevere with a 99-92 triumph. Fredette put up 37 in that game, and he has already had two 30+ point games in this tournament and four straight with at least 30 overall, including a 52 point game in the MWC Tournament. The Gators are an angry bunch after last year though, and all of the key players to the puzzle are all back and ready to strike the Cougs down. However, BYU surely won’t go easily, even if Brandon Davies isn’t there to help out in the post. There is a reason why this team was able to put up such big time victories over the course of the first two rounds of this tournament, and a reason why it has only lost four games for the entire season. Go with the Cougars to spark the upset to get into the Elite 8. March Madness Free Picks: BYU Cougars +3

Matchup: #5 Arizona Wildcats vs. #1 Duke Blue Devils
Date: Thursday, March 24th, 9:45 ET
Location: West Region, Anaheim, CA
NCAA Basketball Odds: Duke -8.5
Over/Under 147

Remember that home court advantage that we talked about with the Aztecs against Connecticut? We’ve got the exact same advantage here for the Wildcats. Even though this isn’t really a David vs. Goliath type of situation in terms of conference supremacy, this is an up and coming team playing a de facto home team against a club that is coming off of a National Championship season. Unlike these teams that the Dookies have faced to date, the U of A has a fantastic big man that can challenge them on the inside in the form of Derrick Williams. Williams can also lure men like Mason Plumlee away from the basket with his long range shooting, and he can shoot the rock from the foul line as well at a high rate. Arizona just feels like a team of destiny right now after two buzzer beating games in a row. It’s been a great run for Duke over these last two seasons, but it all comes to a close in the form of one of the biggest upsets of the tournament to date. Free March Madness Picks: Arizona Wildcats +8.5

Matchup: #8 Butler Bulldogs vs. #4 Wisconsin Badgers
Date: Thursday, March 24th, 9:57 ET
Location: Southeast Region, New Orleans, LA
NCAA Basketball Odds: Wisconsin -5
Over/Under 124

We could talk about this game for hours and hours, and no matter which way we slice it, we think that the Bulldogs really need a miracle even bigger than the one that they pulled off last season to get out of this round alive. Butler really had to survive a dog fight with the Pitt Panthers last weekend, and it was incredibly lucky to be able to get out of that one even though it was killed on the glass. Wisconsin isn’t going to shoot free throws as poorly as Pitt did in that game, and odds have it, Shelvin Mack isn’t going to look like Jimmer Fredette out there on the court. The Badgers have the bigs to make Matt Howard really work in the paint, and we also find it highly unlikely that he is going to stay out of foul trouble in this one. If that’s all the case, the Bulldogs are in a heck of a lot of trouble. Their magical run into the Sweet 16 stops without a second straight stop into the Final Four. Wisky has a great chance to not just win this one, but to make a march on the National Championship to boot. Free March Madness Picks: Wisconsin Badgers -5

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Cappersinfo.com Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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