SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2016
#1OREGON V.S. #2 OKLAHOMA
Both teams were expected to be here as their seeding indicates. Oregon and Oklahoma had surprisingly easy wins in their Sweet 16 match-ups and are one game away from the Final 4.
Oklahoma is led by All-American SG Buddy Hield. He only scored 17 points last game but wasn’t needed as other players stepped up to help. PG Isaiah Cousins will have to keep up his stellar play in this game as Oregon presuures its opposing guards very well. He will have to control the game and run the offense efficiently. F Ryan Spangler (10.5pts, 9.3reb) will have a tough assignment with Oregon’s big, athletic forwards. His ability to hit the 3 point shot and also play inside will be key in this game.
Oregon ran through Duke 82-68 last game and seem on a mission to get to the last weekend of the season. Dillon Brooks(17pts, 5.6reb, 3reb) is the main main in Eugene. He can do a little bit of everything and it remains to be seen who will get the assignment of trying to stop him. F Elgin Cook provides the muscle inside while Tyler Dorsey is an athletic wing who can cause mis-match problems for the Sooners. A key match-up to watch in this game will be the play of the Oregon’s guards versus Hield and Cousins.
Oregon has been sensational all year long and are playing great, throttling Duke in its last game. Oklahoma easily beat Texas A&M in its Sweet 16 match-up. The question is who will contain Buddy Hield? He was fairly quiet in his last game and this is the perfect opportunity to burst out. The game should be played at a frenetic pace, which is just the opportunity for Hield to show why he is the best scorer in college basketball. Oregon will have a tough time with Hield and Cousins. Oklahoma will win and head to the Final 4.
OKLAHOMA BY 5
SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2016
#2 VILLANOVA V.S. #1 KANSAS
Kansas and Villanova might be the 2 most impressive teams of the NCAA tournament throughout the first 3 rounds. They have easily beaten their opponents and have looked great in doing so. This Elite 8 game has all the makings of a classic.
The Jayhawks ran through a tough Maryland team in the Sweet 16, winning 79-63. Senior F Perry Ellis was unstoppable, collecting 27 points and 5 rebounds. The back-court of Frank Mason III, DeVonte’ Graham and Wayne Selden Jr. are as elite a guard combination as their is in college basketball, perhaps being rivaled only by Villanova’s. It will be fascinating to see the Kansas guards versus Villanova’s.
Villanova blitzed Miami (FL) 92-69 on their way this game. It was a total team effort as 4 players scored 14 points or more, led by Senior PG Ryan Arciadacono. G Josh Hart is the team’s main go to guy in close games. F Daniel Ochefu (10.1pts, 7.6reb) has been playing well and it is imperative he stays out of foul trouble. He will probably draw the assignment of covering Perry Ellis.
These teams are extremely well-coached and are both playing tremendously. The game will most likely be played at a breakneck pace, which is what both teams like. Kansas has more depth in the front-court while the guard play for both teams are outstanding and single each other out. However, with Perry Ellis and the overall depth of the Kansas roster look for them to wear down the Villanova Wildcat’s during the last 8 minutes. Ellis is playing at a level right now in which Villanova doesn’t have an answer for. Add in Selden Jr’s dramatically improved play and Kansas will be too much for a game Wildcat’s team. Kansas and Head Coach Bill Self will win a highly entertaining game and will be heading to Houston and the Final 4.
KANSAS BY 7