NCAA Tournament Free Picks: Sweet 16 Picks 3/25

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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: #11 Marquette Golden Eagles vs. #2 North Carolina Tar Heels
Date: Friday, March 25th, 7:15 ET
Location: East Region, Newark, NJ
NCAA Basketball Odds: North Carolina -4.5
Over/Under 149.5

Marquette has had a magical run to this point in the NCAA Tournament, but just like the run in the Big East Tourney, which lasted two games, this one is going to be the exact same length. The bigs for North Carolina are just flat out amazing, as John Henson, Tyler Zeller, and Harrison Barnes have combined to score almost 150 points in two games, which is more than Marquette has scored as an entire team! Don’t get us wrong, the Golden Eagles have a fantastic squad, and they are really going to make a nice statement here for awhile in this game, but when push really comes to shove, it’s just too much running, too much gunning, and too much speed for Marquette to really deal with. UNC marches on to the Elite 8 in style. Free March Madness Picks: North Carolina Tar Heels -4.5

Matchup: #12 Richmond Spiders vs. #1 Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Friday, March 25th, 7:27 ET
Location: Southwest Region, San Antonio, TX
NCAA Basketball Odds: Kansas -10.5
Over/Under 135.5

The Jayhawks don’t really remember what it is like to play these big time teams, as they haven’t played a team any better than the Illinois Fighting Illini, at least in terms of stature, in three years in this tournament. This is the same type of battle that cost Kansas last year’s dance against the Northern Iowa Panthers, and you can bet that Head Coach Bill Self is reminding his team of this. The Spiders play fantastic defense, and they have really done well thus far in this tourney, though they obviously haven’t run up against a challenge like this quite yet. Justin Harper, Kevin Anderson, and the crew might not have the same types of names as Tyshawn Taylor, Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris, etc., but they can really play. The A-10 has proven year in and year out that it can compete in games like this. Kansas might be in for a real street fight in this one. We tend to believe the Jayhawks will survive, but it won’t be by double digits. March Madness Free Picks: Richmond Spiders +10.5

Matchup: #4 Kentucky Wildcats vs. #1 Ohio State Buckeyes
Date: Friday, March 25th, 9:45 ET
Location: East Region, Newark, NJ
NCAA Basketball Odds: Ohio State -6
Over/Under 140

You won’t find two teams that are more talented than these two, and it would be a real shock to see a more evenly matched 1/4 game than this one. It almost seems like we have forgotten that the Wildcats have won eight straight games dating back through the SEC Tournament and into the regular season. It’s not like this is a team that doesn’t have all of the talent in the world. Ohio State, of course, is the big kahuna of this dance, and there is no reason to believe that there is a team in the country that it can’t beat as long as it plays its best ball. The difference here though, is that this isn’t the minor leagues anymore. There are no more teams like the George Mason Patriots in this bracket. Someone might pick this team off this weekend, and we wouldn’t be overly surprised if Kentucky ends up being the team that gets the job done. Regardless of which team ends up getting through this, we know that we want the points on our side. Free March Madness Picks: Kentucky Wildcats +6

Matchup: #11 VCU Rams vs. #10 Florida State Seminoles
Date: Friday, March 25th, 9:57 ET
Location: Southwest Region, San Antonio, TX
NCAA Basketball Odds: Florida State -3.5
Over/Under 131

The Rams and Seminoles are probably college basketball’s version of the “Odd Couple.” These two play nothing like each other, yet they both took strangely similar roads to get here to the Sweet 16, and one of the two is very improbably going to end up being just one step away from the Final Four when this one is said and done. VCU just plays full throttle for the full 40 minutes, and it never fears any opponent that it runs across. Just ask the Georgetown Hoyas, Purdue Boilermakers, and USC Trojans how they feel about facing these guys. The Rams are going to be all over the place shooting the ball, as there isn’t a shot that they’ll pass up. The problem is going to be getting open shots. The Florida State defense really is fantastic, and it has already beaten a three point shooting team in the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Still, Chris Singleton isn’t healthy and won’t be really ready to go in this one either, and unless he can give 20-25 quality minutes, the Noles are in trouble, especially down the stretch. The close call goes the way of the Rams. Free March Madness Picks: VCU Rams +3.5

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the 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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