West Virginia -3 over Notre Dame
This game is as toss up as the line will show. Notre Dame will try to slow the game down and of course “Press Virginia” will be going full throttle trying to cause turnovers. It is much easier to slow a game up than it is to speed the game up and Notre Dame has a very good backcourt who should be able to handle the West Virginia press.
Prediction- Notre Dame +3
Villanova Wildcats -5 over Wisconsin Badgers
Wisconsin struggled to end the season and Villanova as the defending National Champions are experienced in these type of situations. I think at the end of the day that the Wildcats are just a lot more talented group than the Badgers.
Prediction- Villanova -6
Florida Gators -1.5 over Virginia Cavaliers
Both teams finished the year struggling, but both are talented teams. I think the difference in this game will be the fact that Virginia is a more battle tested team playing in the ACC.
Prediction- Virginia +1.5
Florida State Seminoles -5.5 over Xavier Musketeers
Xavier struggled at the end of the year at one point losing six straight games. They played well in the Big East tournament and easily handled Maryland on Thursday. The Seminoles are one of the most talented teams in the field but have struggled all year at the free throw line. I think in this game the Seminoles just have too much talent for the Musketeers.
Prediction- Florida State -5.5
Butler Bulldogs -4 over Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders
This is a great matchup, it is hard to call the Blue Raiders Cinderella anymore. Last year they took down an excellent Michigan State team and they seem even better this year. Butler is Butler, which means they are a tough hard nosed team that will battle to the end.
Prediction- Middle Tennessee State +4
Purdue Boilermakers -1 over Iowa State Cyclones
The Cyclones have been on a roll over the last 6 weeks of the season. Purdue had not been playing consistent entering the NCAA Tournament. I like Iowa State to take this one.
Prediction- Iowa State +1
Gonzaga Bulldogs -10.5 over Northwestern Wildcats
The Wildcats have been the feel good story of this tournament. Gonzaga is a complete team that did not play their best in the first round. I like Gonzaga to win this game, but 10.5 points are way too much to give here.
Prediction- Northwestern +10.5
Arizona Wildcats -2.5 over St. Mary’s Gaels
Arizona has too much firepower for the Gaels.
Prediction- Arizona -2.5