The Sweet Sixteen is the best round of the NCAA Tournament. Not only does it show who’s a legitimate title contender, but it weeds out who’s been lucky. This weekend’s tourney matchups have the makings of instant classics. TickPick ranks the three most anticipated games of the weekend. Oh, and if you’re planning on attending any of these game, be sure to grab some No Fee NCAA Tournament tickets on TickPick before you head out.
- 3 UCLA Bruins vs 2 Kentucky Wildcats
What’s better than two storied blue blood programs fighting for a spot in the Elite 8? UCLA is led by freshman phenom Lonzo Ball. Ball is a rare talent, who has the ability to carve up any opposing defense. The Bruins have as potent an offensive as any team in recent memory. Kentucky, much like UCLA, relies heavily on underclassmen. Freshmen De’Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo are the key to a Wildcat’s win and run to the Final Four. Kentucky is solid on both sides of the ball, but lack the identity of a true contender. Prediction: UCLA’s offense is too lethal even against a good Kentucky defense. UCLA wins 82-78
- 1 Kansas Jayhawks vs 4 Purdue Boilermakers
Kansas (KU) senior Frank Mason deserves the Player of the Year (POY) award. Mason has led the Jayhawks offense like a well oiled machine all season and brought a toughness KU has not seen in years. The Jayhawks’ small, guard-oriented lineup is fast, athletic, and can shoot. Unlike KU though, Purdue has a huge presence in the paint. Big man and fellow POY frontrunner Caleb Swanigan has the ability to carry the entire team’s workload on his back. Fortunately for him, he doesn’t need to with a loaded roster of bigs and shooters. Prediction: This is an interesting matchup with such polarizing game strategies, but KU is too talented and has proven time again all season they are the best team in the country. KU wins 79-77
- 3 Oregon Ducks vs 7 Michigan Wolverines
Oregon’s tourney stock took a hit with the loss of senior Chris Boucher, but with junior Dillon Brooks at point, the Ducks are still lethal. The Ducks are fine offensively, but their defense will need to improve if they want to advance, especially against the scorching Michigan Wolverines. Is there any team hotter than Michigan right now? Since their plane crash on March 8th, the Wolverines are undefeated and have played with a new sense of purpose. Senior guard Derrick Walton Jr. has morphed into a postseason superstar along with heavy contributions from the rest of the starting five. Prediction: Michigan is America’s team. They’re a potential team of destiny. How can you pick against that? Sorry Oregon fans. Michigan wins 70-67
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