Yesterday didn’t work out the way I’d hoped so I didn’t get a chance to preview the games like I would like, but I’m back again for the big Michigan games tonight. So without further ado, let’s get started.
Game one is the number one overall seed Louisville against the most underrated team in history in #12 Oregon. I think that this is going to be a lot closer than the seeding would make people think but Louisville is looking very dominant again this season. Center Gorgui Dieng will keep the Ducks out of the lane on a consistent basis and because of that I think that Louisville will come away the victors.
Potentially the best game of the day is Duke against the Michigan State Spartans. Coach K against Tom Izzo in one of the best coaching matchups of the entire tournament. I think that this game isn’t going to be even close. I really think that MSU is going to easily handle the Blue Devils. Michigan State has the advantage in every aspect of this game because the Spartans can beat Duke either inside or out. If MSU plays the way that they know and can, the Spartans should move on no problem, Michigan State in a game that might not be close.
Michigan takes on Kansas in the only #1/4 matchup of the Sweet 16. Michigan has a lot of talent on the outside, while it may be negated by the inside play of Kansas as I said earlier in the week. Despite the matchup issue, I still think that Michigan will pull the upset against the Jayhawks.
Finally, the game that everyone in the country is excited to watch, myself included, the Battle for Florida between the Gators and Florida Gulf Coast University. Usually the battle between high seeds against the lower seeds, the fifteens of the world want to slow the pace down. But not Dunk City, the Eagles want to run all over the court and Florida likes to take advantage of every possession. Let it be known, this pick isn’t just because I hate Florida, but I really think that the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles will pull off another upset and head to the Elite Eight.