Sweet 16 Preview: The Best Matchups: March Madness has lived up to its name this year immensely. Four double-digit seed teams have made it into the sweet 16, and Oral Roberts is only the second 15-seed team to make it into the sweet 16. The first team was Florida Gulf Coast University in 2013.
The Sweet 16 round starts on Saturday, with Baylor taking on Villanova. Let’s take a look at some of the most anticipated matchups and predictions for the Sweet 16.
USC vs. Oregon
USC taking on Oregon is going to be one of the closest Sweet 16 matches in terms of quality and ranking. The game is going to be close, but USC is going to take the win by a close margin.
USC steamrolled through No.3 Kansas by a score of 85-51, proving to the world that they are a force to be reckoned with.
Oregon pulled off a great win against Luke Garza and the Buckeyes by a score of 95-80. Even though Oregon is a strong team, USC are on a roll, and I’m convinced they are going to keep rolling. USC is -120 to win the moneyline.
Michigan vs. Florida State
Michigan has managed to avoid an upset so far, beating Texas Southern and LSU to get to the Sweet 16. Michigan and Florida State have both been convincing this tournament, so it should be a tight game.
The Wolverines are expected to come out on top due to their for and roster. Hunter Dickinson is a rebound animal on both sides of the court, and with his scoring ability as well, he is going to cause a problem for FSU. Michigan is -167 to win the moneyline.
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Baylor vs. Villanova
The Bears have been one of the best teams in the NCAA this season. They have an overall record of 24-2, which says a lot. Baylor is a favorite to go all the way, and it’s much anticipated to see if Villanova can shock the NCAA with a win.
Villanova hasn’t been tested in the tournament, but that is about to change on Saturday. Villanova is going to have to play their best basketball in order to win and reach the Elite 8 for the first time since 2018.
Baylor has the better team, and you should expect them to win, but don’t count out Villanova because this is March Madness, and anything could happen. Baylor is -500 to win the moneyline.
Oral Roberts vs. Arkansas
Oral Roberts is this year’s biggest surprise. They pulled off two incredible upsets against Ohio State and Florida. Arkansas has done well this tournament and will be going into this matchup with confidence after their close win against Texas Tech. As great as it would be to see Oral Roberts win, I don’t think that will be happening.
They are a No.15-seed team for a reason, and if they lose, they will be leaving the tournament with two wins that should have never happened, so they shouldn’t be upset. Arkansas is -700 to win the moneyline.
Loyola Chicago vs. Oregon State
Just like Oral Roberts, Loyola Chicago are another surprise this year. They defeated both Georgia Tech and #1 Illinois in this tournament. They will be entering their match this weekend with the most confidence after taking down Illinois.
Oregon State pulled off two upsets as well against No.5 Oklahoma and No.5 Oklahoma State. Due to Oregon State’s performance throughout the whole season, I think Loyola Chicago is going to take the win in a close, hard-fought matchup. Loyola Chicago is -300 to win the moneyline.
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