We’ve got our dancing shoes on once again here at Cappers Info, and that means that it’s time for the NCAA Tournament picks to continue. Our next set of March Madness Bracket Predictions take us to the West Region, where the #9 Wichita State Shockers and the #2 Ohio State Buckeyes meet in the Elite Eight.
West Region Picks: #9 Wichita State Shockers vs. #2 Ohio State Buckeyes
Date: Saturday, March 30th, 7:05 p.m. ET
West Region Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Wichita State vs. Ohio State Live on TV: CBS
Elite Eight Betting Lines
#9 Wichita State Shockers +4.5
#2 Ohio State Buckeyes -4.5
Wichita State is arguably putting together one of the most memorable runs in NCAA Tournament history, and no one is talking about it. The Missouri Valley is a conference that you talk about until the Sweet 16, as there seems to be one team every year that threatens to get into the third full round of the tourney. However, by now, those teams are all seemingly gone. The Shockers are still here, but there are definitely some questions as to how long they’ll be dancing for. The truth of the matter is that they really haven’t certainly played one of the best teams in America yet. Sure, beating the Gonzaga Bulldogs was nice, but this is clearly a much greater challenge. Ohio State hasn’t been able to close out teams here in this tournament all that well. It had Iona dead in the water and at least let the Gaels think that they had a shot of getting back in it until the last five minutes or so of the game. Iowa State erased a double-digit deficit. Arizona had a big lead, blew it, then came back when Ohio State blew a big lead. That being said, we think that there has been no doubt whatsoever as to who the better team was in each of these games. There was at least a degree of doubt in each of the first two Wichita State games. Go with the Buckeyes and lay the points in what should be a romp for the Big Ten reps to get to the Final Four.
Wichita State vs. Ohio State Free Pick: Ohio State Buckeyes -4.5
Wichita State vs. Ohio State Predictions: Ohio State 69 – Wichita State 56