Basketball is finally back in its beautiful, March Madness form. We have a fantastic slate of four games lined up for tonight to kick off the Sweet Sixteen. Some of the site experts threw together their professional opinions and predictions for the games.
- Oregon vs. 7 Michigan
Mark: Oregon 72, Michigan 68
So I have an entire article on this. I think the Ducks can control the pace to slow down the scorching hot offense of the Wolverines. Quack it up, ladies and gentlemen. Quack it up all the way to the Elite Eight.
PJ: Michigan 78, Oregon 72
No one is going to stop Michigan at this point. They are a Final Four lock. Boucher’s absence will finally matter and the Wolverines will continue their run.
Jack: Michigan 83, Oregon 76
This will be one of those back and forth games that eventually lands Michigan on the right side of the sea-saw. They’ll hit their free throws down the stretch, and Dorsey comes up one shot too short. Behind a big game from Walton Jr., Wolverines prevail.
- Kansas vs. 5. Purdue
Mark: Kansas 78, Purdue 69
So I REALLY didn’t think Purdue was going to make it to the Sweet 16, but Biggie is a monster. I think Frank Mason and Josh Jackson are just too much for the Boilermakers, though. Rock Chalk.
PJ: Purdue 70, Kansas 66
Purdue takes a thriller by four because Caleb Swanigan tallies 50 points and 35 rebounds. Chalk it up. Boilermakers.
Jack: Kansas 80, Purdue 66
Guard play wins in March. The Jayhawks have Frank Mason III. Please and thank you.
- Gonzaga vs. 4. West Virginia
Mark: Zags 68, WVU 60
Press Virginia has a real challenge against a really good backcourt for Gonzaga. I don’t think they get all of turnovers they are used to getting. In the halfcourt, look for the big dog, Przemek Karnowski, to feast.
PJ: Gonzaga 70, WVU 63
Gonzaga has the guards to handle the press and the bigs to neutralize WVU’s offensive rebounding. Gonzaga will definitely cover. -3 is the lock of the year.
Jack: Gonzaga 62, WVU 60
This has the makings of an instant classic, as Nigel Williams-Goss hits a floater in the lane for the win. The Zags barely overcome the Mountaineer press, and despite Jevon Carter’s best efforts, Gonzaga prevails.
2 Arizona vs. 11. Xavier
Mark: Arizona 75, Xavier 66
Xavier felt like a lost cause after Sumner went down and Xavier went from contender to bubble team in a hurry. However, after an absolute waxing of Florida State, it looks like Trevon Bluiett can get those Musketeers to do anything. However, the Wildcats have way too much talent.
PJ: Arizona 72, Xavier 68
People are still doubting Xavier, which is understandable without Sumner, but a tad misplaced. This game is going to be MUCH closer than people will give it credit for. Zona will just outlast the undermanned Musketeers, though.
Jack: Arizona 84, Xavier 80
The Wildcats are my pick to win it all, and I think they survive a Musketeer barrage and sneak into the Final 8.