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3 Oregon Ducks vs. 1 Kansas Jayhawks From Jules Winnfield

3 Oregon Ducks vs. 1 Kansas Jayhawks (-6.5) Kansas has won their three tournament games by an average of 30 points, along with averaging 96 points in the tournament. This game, like the sweet sixteen games, will be played at the Sprint Center, less than an hour away from Lawrence Fieldhouse. National player of the year candidate Frank Mason III leads Kansas. Before the tournament, he averaged 20.8 PPG. Oregon plays a similar style to Kansas, especially after the loss of Chris Boucher. Dillon Brooks is averaging 16.4 PPG. Oregon…

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7 South Carolina vs. 3 Baylor From TheGuru729

(7)South Carolina +4 vs (3)Baylor Bears First off, South Carolina is for real. After being a popular 7 seed to be upset by a 10 seed, the Gamecocks thrashed Marquette and went on to shock the world by beating Duke. They play a tough, physical style and play incredible defense to control the pace of the game. South Carolina also has the SEC Player of the Year in Sindarius Thornwell, who’s been unstoppable all year long, especially in the tournament. Offensive slumps have stumped the Gamecocks at times this year,…

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4 Butler vs. 1 North Carolina From TheGuru729

(4)Butler +8 vs (1)North Carolina When two completely contrasting styles meet in an NCAA Tournament game, it always makes for a thrilling match-up. UNC likes to play an up-tempo, fast-paced game using their multiple offensive threats to outscore opponents in a hurry. Butler, on the other hand, likes to slow down the pace, execute in the half-court, and smother their opponents on the defensive end. North Carolina does a very good job of controlling the boards, which allows them to to rack up second chance points and get out on…

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3 UCLA vs. 2 Kentucky From Jules Winnfield

3 UCLA vs. 2 Kentucky (+1.5) UCLA beat Kentucky during the season with a final score of 97-92. UCLA is the number one scoring team in the nation with 90.2 PPG. Kentucky is number nine in the nation in scoring with 85.2 PPG. Kentucky needs to play their game, but also be patient. Freshman TJ Leaf from UCLA is averaging 16.2 PPG and 8.2 RPG. UCLA is allowing 73.5 PPG during the tournament. I’d like Kentucky to get revenge on UCLA. Lonzo Ball’s college career will be over and hopefully…

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8 Wisconsin vs. 4 Florida From Jules Winnfield

8 Wisconsin (+2) vs. 4 Florida Wisconsin has more NCAA tournament wins than any other school over the past four years. Wisconsin previously defeated defending champion Villanova and finished the Big Ten Conference in 2nd behind Purdue. Wisconsin has a lot of tournament experience from Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes. KeVaugh Allen leads Florida in scoring with 13.4 PPG. In the tournament, he’s only averaged 5.5 PPG while only shooting 3 of 21 from the field. Florida is averaging 77.9 PPG while allowing 52 PPG in the tournament. I think…

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4 West Virginia vs. 1 Gonzaga From Jules Winnfield

4 West Virginia (+3) vs. 1 Gonzaga West Virginia is also known as “Press Virginia” because of how good their press defense is. West Virginia leads the nation in turnovers forced with 20.1 per game. West Virginia will have trouble matching up with Przemek Karnowski in the post. Jevon Carter is leading West Virginia in PPG with 13.3. West Virginia is averaging 82.1 PPG while allowing 75.5 PPG. Gonzaga didn’t have the toughest schedule during the regular season. They play in the West Coast Conference, which only had one other…

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4 Purdue vs. 1 Kansas From Jules Winnfield

4 Purdue vs. 1 Kansas (-4.5) This game will be played at the Sprint Center at a neutral site, but it’s less than an hour away from Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas won the regular season Big 12 title by four games. Kansas starts four guards and get 60 of their 83 PPG from them. Frank Mason III led the Big 12 in scoring with 20.8 PPG. Ranking fifth in the country, Kansas shoots 40.6% from three-point range. Kansas is averaging 83.4 PPG while allowing 66 PPG. Purdue relies heavily on Caleb…

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7 Michigan vs. 3 Oregon From TheGuru729

(7)Michigan -2 vs (3)Oregon I’m usually not a big believer in “teams of destiny,” but Michigan has forced me to change my stance. After their scary travel incident where the team plane skid off the runaway, Michigan has gone on a miraculous run to win the Big Ten Championship and beat a tough Oklahoma State squad and the 2 seeded Louisville Cardinals. They’re getting contributions from multiple players, but senior point guard Derrick Walton Jr. is playing the best basketball of his career. He’s setting up teammates while creating his…

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11 Xavier vs. 2 Arizona From TheGuru729

(11)Xavier +8 vs (2)Arizona Although they’re the only double-digit seed left in the tournament, Xavier isn’t being tabbed as the next “cinderella story.” Everyone knows how tough and talented this Musketeers team is, and they won’t be taken lightly. Xavier has rolled through 6 seed Maryland and 3 seed Florida State by playing great defense and relying on top scorer Trevon Bluiett. Xavier has gone through an up and down season plagued with injuries and suspensions hitting them hard, but this squad looks as resilient as ever and will give…

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6 Cincinnati vs. 3 UCLA From TheGuru729

(6)Cincinnati +4 vs (3)UCLA Attempting to appear in their third Sweet 16 in the past four years, UCLA will need to beat a very tough Cincinnati squad in order to do that. The Bruins flashed their offensive powers in the opening round and showcased to the country why they should be a favorite to win the National Championship. They dictated the pace of the game and forced their opponent to keep up, which most can’t do. Their run and gun style has made the Bruins very successful this season, but…

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