Night 1 came and went for the Sweet 16 with DG faring a lot better with his picks ATS (3-0-1) compared to LTS. The beauty of it is that there’s another slate of games to relax and take in on Friday night if you don’t want to go out and be socially awkward. The game we have our eye on is the Kentucky-UCLA heavyweight matchup with a plethora of pros on the floor. I can’t remember a game with that many potential NBA players going head to head. So enjoy the action from the other three games as well, and hopefully make a little bit of money to go along with it. #FadeDG
#4 Butler v #1 North Carolina (7.5)
LTS: North Carolina -7.5
UNC survived a scare and some fortunate officiating last round against Arkansas. I fully expect a better effort tonight and to dominate the paint as they usually do against a lighter Butler front line. If Joel Berry can raise his game and the Tar Heels jump shot is raining, I believe they end up being too much for the Bulldogs and pull away to cover the fairly large number.
DG: North Carolina -7.5
Toughest game to predict all night. Butler has one their previous two games with ease. Will the real North Carolina please stand up? There’s no reason the Tar Heels should be in close games. I have said on numerous occasions that they are the best team in the country when all things are clicking. Tonight, they click. Butler never goes away, but Carolina walks to the Elite 8 tonight.
#7 South Carolina v #3 Baylor (-3)
LTS: Baylor -3
Don’t have much of a lean in this contest, but I will go with Baylor who has been the far more consistent team this season. Thornwell is a stud, but I think that 2nd half against Duke that was essentially a home game will prove to be a fluke. Big night for Johnathan Motley at the world’s most famous arena.
DG: Bet the house on Baylor -3
I’ll admit it. I’m bitter. South Carolina kicked my… I mean Duke’s ass last game. They was the best they will ever play in their lives. Shooting 71% in a half and dropping a 65 spot again is not going to happen. South Carolina is slowly becoming Press Carolina, but the Bears have been here before and they will get to the Elite 8 again behind Jonny Motley and Manu Ginobili Lecomte.
#2 Kentucky v #3 UCLA (-1)
LTS: UCLA -1
Toss up right here, but in the marquee game of the night I believe the Bruins have too much fire power on the offensive end for the Wildcats to handle, much like their previous match up that UCLA took at Rupp Arena earlier in the season. The tournament needs a signature game and they’ll get one in Memphis. The Conference of Champions punches their ticket to the Elite 8. Get used to seeing Lonzo v. Fox at the next level.
DG: UCLA -1
This game is going to be a letdown. Everyone including my partner is hyping it up as the game of the tournament. It’s either going to be Kentucky out front the whole time, or my pick, UCLA, out in front the whole time. I just feel that when everyone hypes it up, it’s going to be a letdown. That being said, UCLA cannot be stopped on offense especially Mr. Ball. If UCLA can neutralize Bam and get good games out of Leaf and Welsh, this game won’t come down to the last possession. It’ll be the Bruins by 8.
#8 Wisconsin v #4 Florida (-1)
LTS: Wisconsin +1
After knocking off last year’s National Champs, Wisconsin has put the tournament on notice as a team with veterans known to make a run (third consecutive Sweet 16). Florida is rolling themselves, after disposing of Virginia in the round of 32. Koenig has hit every tough shot the Badgers have needed thus far, and I think he comes through again. Nigel Hayes, stay your ass on the block and good things will happen. Badgers advance to end the night at MSG.
DG: Wisconsin +1
Now THIS is going to be the of the night. I’ve looked what Florida has done this year. A relatively quiet year besides destroying Kentucky at home so they come into this game relatively under-the-radar and will 100% be the first time that many people have seen them play. That being said, Wisconsin is the most experienced team in the tournamnet and they don’t know how to die. Nigel Hayes turned back the clock last week and returned to his old self. Happ is a beast as well, but the man who runs this team is Action Bronson Koenig. The dude is Mr. Big Game and he will put on a show tonight. I expect a lot of back and forth actions with many ties and lead changes. When the dust settles, Wisco is moving on.