NCAA Tournament Free Picks: Third Round Picks 3/20

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The NCAA Tournament heads into the third round this weekend, and there are 16 more teams that are going to try to punch their tickets into the Sweet 16, but only eight will survive! Which eight will join the eight that made it to the fourth round on Saturday? Check it out right here at Cappers Info!

Matchup: #7 Washington Huskies vs. #2 North Carolina Tar Heels
Date: Sunday, March 20th, 12:15 ET
Location: East Region, Charlotte, NC
NCAA Basketball Odds: North Carolina -4
Over/Under 157

Points should be aplenty here on Tobacco Road, as the Huskies and the Tar Heels just love to get up and run. U-Dub has the athletes to body with the Tar Heels, unlike what we saw out of the Long Island Blackbirds in the first game of this dance for the boys from Chapel Hill. Matthew Bryan-Amaning has a huge task in front of him going against the three monsters on the inside in John Henson, Harrison Barnes, and Tyler Zeller. These three combined for a whopping 88 points against the Blackbirds, but when push comes to shove, we wouldn’t be surprised if MBA gets the job done and at least keeps this one very, very close. Free March Madness Picks: Washington Huskies +4

Matchup: #8 Michigan Wolverines vs. #1 Duke Blue Devils
Date: Sunday, March 20th, 2:45 ET
Location: West Region, Charlotte, NC
NCAA Basketball Odds: Duke -11.5
Over/Under 136

The Dookies need to be very, very careful in this one, as they are up against a tricky foe here in the Wolverines. Michigan really played a masterful game against the Tennessee Volunteers in Round 2 of this dance, and it will have to play just as well to get past this one and into the Sweet 16. The defending champs have a huge target on their backs in this one, and Big Blue would love to pick up this win. The Wolverines might not be able to get the job done, but Darius Miller, Tim Hardaway Jr., and company have the talent to stick inside of this number. March Madness Free Picks: Michigan Wolverines +11.5

Matchup: #8 George Mason Patriots vs. #1 Ohio State Buckeyes
Date: Sunday, March 20th, 5:15 ET
Location: East Region, Cleveland, OH
NCAA Basketball Odds: Ohio State -11
Over/Under 135.5

The Buckeyes have to really make a statement in this one. The big little ones in George Mason think that this is the year that it can once again pull off the feat that it did just a few years ago to get into the Final Four. However, the Patriots are really outmatched in this one. They just don’t have the same sort of inside power that they did all those years ago, and though they have all sorts of guards that can stroke the three ball, they just don’t have the power to be able to take care of all of this talent that Ohio State has to offer. This is a real mismatch. Free March Madness Picks: Ohio State Buckeyes -11

Matchup: #5 Arizona Wildcats vs. #4 Texas Longhorns
Date: Sunday, March 20th, 6:10 ET
Location: West Region, Tulsa, OK
NCAA Basketball Odds: Texas -6
Over/Under 138.5

This is going to be a game that you do not want to miss. Both the Wildcats and the Longhorns have all sorts of potential, and it wouldn’t shock us if the winner of this game ended up in the Final Four when it was all said and done. The Wildcats are only here because of Derrick Williams once again, as he blocked the shot that could have changed the entire game right at the death against the Memphis Tigers. The talent level for Texas is off the charts, but we have this feeling that the bad side of this bipolar team is going to come out on Sunday. Go with Arizona for the upset. Free March Madness Picks: Arizona Wildcats +6

Matchup: #11 VCU Rams vs. #3 Purdue Boilermakers
Date: Sunday, March 20th, 7:10 ET
Location: Southwest Region, Chicago, IL
NCAA Basketball Odds: Purdue -9
Over/Under 135

VCU made life a living hell on the Georgetown Hoyas on Friday with a full court press and some timely shooting. The problem for the Rams is that they aren’t going to be shooting a ridiculous percentage in all likelihood from three point land against Purdue, and it is really going to be needed. The Boilers really aren’t playing the greatest ball in the world right now, but they really did make short work out of the St. Peter’s Peacocks, a very similar team to the third reps out of the CAA. There’s a point that the Rams just have to give out, and this might be that time. Winning three games in five days is tough, and we tend to believe that the magic of VCU is finally going ot run out. March Madness Free Picks: Purdue Boilermakers -9

Matchup: #11 Marquette Golden Eagles vs. #3 Syracuse Orange
Date: Sunday, March 20th, 7:45 ET
Location: East Region, Cleveland, OH
NCAA Basketball Odds: Syracuse -4.5
Over/Under 140.5

This is going to be the second Big East game in the second full round of this tournament, as the Connecticut Huskies and Cincinnati Bearcats do battle on Saturday. The Golden Eagles have a team that is equipped to win NCAA Tournament games, as they shoot the three ball well and tend to play some solid defense. The problem is that this really shouldn’t have the feel of a tourney game, rather a conference game. The ‘Cuse remember that this was a team that they were beaten by in Milwaukee two months ago, but they are going to be back and ready to rock again in this one. The No. 3 seed in the East marches on in fine fashion. Free March Madness Picks: Syracuse Orange -4.5

Matchup: #9 Illinois Fighting Illini vs. #1 Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Sunday, March 20th, 8:40 ET
Location: Southwest Region, Tulsa, OK
NCAA Basketball Odds: Kansas -8.5
Over/Under 144

There isn’t a No. 1 seed that has more pressure on it in this tournament than the Jayhawks. Kansas, of course, was knocked out of the dance last season in the second round against the Northern Iowa Panthers, and it knows that it doesn’t want to suffer that same fate again this year. The Illini are getting a ton of respect due to the fact that they absolutely beat the snot out of the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels just a couple of nights ago. Still, Head Coach Bruce Weber and company just don’t have a team that can keep up with these Jayhawks when they are clicking on even most of their cylinders. March Madness Free Picks: Kansas Jayhawks -8.5

Matchup: #10 Florida State Seminoles vs. #2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Sunday, March 20th, 9:40 ET
Location: Southwest Region, Chicago, IL
NCAA Basketball Odds: Notre Dame -5
Over/Under 133.5

This is the final game of the round, as either the Noles or Fighting Irish will become the last entrant into the Sweet 16. Head Coach Leonard Hamilton had never won a game in the NCAA Tournament with the Noles before Friday, but things aren’t going to get any better than this for the garnet and gold. Notre Dame is just a terrible matchup for this team, as the Irish can wing three pointers from all over the court. If the FSU zone doesn’t keep up with all of these sharpshooters, the Noles are in a boatload of trouble. Don’t be shocked if this one gets very, very ugly when push really comes to shove. Free March Madness Picks: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -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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