April 24, 2017

March Madness: Which Friday Sweet 16 game is the best?

26 March 2017, 12:44 | Sue Hudson

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Purdue went 3-0 against those teams this season.

Also interesting was the Big 12 conference was the favorite to produce the NCAA Tournament victor.

Sunday night's game was a tale of two halves, as the Blue Devils held SC to a mere 23 points in the first half. SC was led by senior guard and South East Conference player of the year Sindarius Thornwell. Florida took care of business in the first two rounds of the tournament, defeating East Tennessee State and Virginia handily. Does South Carolina's offense have enough juice to push past the Baylor Bears? If the Sweet 16 plays out like the second round, then we're in for a wild two days. The first week of the 2017 NCAA Tournament lived up to the hype. The Bulldogs won, 79-73.

Gonzaga tops the West bracket and faces No. 4 seed West Virginia in games set for San Jose, California. However, West Virginia's offensive rebounding percentage - the percentage of its own missed shots it rebounds, thus extending possessions - ranks fifth nationally, which could further tire out a Gonzaga team that's likely to be already harried by the Mountaineers' "Press Virginia" defense.

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The final game of the night features the No. 2 Arizona Wildcats against the No. 11 Xavier Musketeers.

The Jayhawks are the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region, which holds its semifinals in Kansas City, Missouri. In a matchup of college basketball blue bloods and two of the nation's most accomplished coaches in Bill Self and Tom Izzo, led by freshman phenom forward Josh Jackson, who dropped 23 points, the Jayhawks outlasted the Michigan State Spartans 90-70 to reach the Sweet Sixteen. Three of the four match-ups were decided by three points or less. No. 7 seed Michigan Before the tournament began, the Ducks would have been a minimum 3-point favorite over the Wolverines. Kansas' path to next week's Final Four includes the Sweet 16 matchup against the Purdue Boilermakers (+2000 to win), whose big man Caleb Swanigan could expose issues with the Jayhawks' rim protection. SC is just 3-7 ATS in its last 10 versus teams with winning records, and Baylor is 9-1 SU in its past 10 against the SEC. The Zags ended up pulling the game out thanks to a key three-pointer by Jordan Mathews.

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