As the moniker implies, only sixteen teams remain heading into Thursday and Friday night as the field only whittles further as we get closer and closer to the One Shining Moment. Who will survive and advance to the Elite Eight? Here are my predictions.
Thursday, March 24th
2 Villanova vs. 3 Miami - Louisville - CBS, 7:00
2 Oklahoma vs. 3 Texas A&M - Anaheim - TBS, 7:15
1 Kansas vs. 5 Maryland - Louisville - CBS, 9:30
1 Oregon vs. 4 Duke - Anaheim - TBS, 9:45
Oregon had to rally late to outlast a feisty St. Joseph's squad after burying Holy Cross and surprisingly, it was their defense that helped to do the job. If their defense can perform like that here, Duke, with their leaky defense, will have no chance. I like the Ducks to put this one out of reach early.
1 Virginia vs. 4 Iowa State - Chicago - CBS, 7:00
6 Notre Dame vs. 7 Wisconsin - Philadelphia - TBS, 7:15a tip-in and the Badgers nailing a fadeaway three. Considering I entered the tournament not being a particularly big fan of either, and that neither have looked particularly great in either of their two games, that makes this a bit of a tough call. I like the superior offensive club here.
Pick: Notre Dame
10 Syracuse vs. 11 Gonzaga - Chicago - CBS, 9:30
1 North Carolina vs. 4 Indiana - Philadelphia - TBS, 9:45
Pick: North Carolina