NCAA Tournament Betting Odds: Full Recap Of Lines For Sweet 16 Games
Mar 22 2017 by Dustin Murphy
And even though the Blue Devils, seeded 2nd in the East, scored 81 points against No. 7 South Carolina, Mike Krzyzewski described the Gamecock defense as "the toughest we've played against all year".
Not who are the best, mind you. It hurts deep down.
Arizona coach Sean Miller is taking on his former employer in the Sweet 16, which might be a big storyline ... if it hadn't already happened two years ago.
The Bruins are a joy to watch, the highest-scoring team in the country, led by fab freshman point guard Lonzo Ball, who had 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in a second-round win over Cincinnati.
Of the seven ACC losses the first week, three teams were routed by 20 points or more and two fell by double digits. What the heck do you think I was thinking? But that's the way it goes. Sometimes you just get that feeling that a team has become a team of destiny, and I have that feeling about the Wolverines. Having been fooled by the Jayhawks every year since Clyde Lovellette was on campus, I refuse to pick Kansas; Louisville was the No. 2 seed in the Midwest. "I think they're better now in March than they were when we played them in December and I think we're better than what we were in December as well". "We just didn't finish them off". They were absolutely the best conference in basketball this season, and they still have a team left who can capture the ultimate prize. It is a tough draw in their region without a doubt, but if they commit to defense on every possession from here on out, they are still one of the favorites to not only get to the Final Four, but to win the National Championship. They way that SC defends is a nightmare for teams that don't have great point guard play and Baylor doesn't have great point guard play. The Badgers just seem to be in the Sweet 16 each season.
Coaching storyline: All eyes will be on Kentucky's John Calipari this weekend in Memphis, as he returns to the city where he made the Tigers a national contender for his nine seasons as head coach. Otherwise, you've got MI - a championship contender less than five years ago - and familiar tournament face Xavier. Some see the Tar Heels' struggle with Arkansas as a weakness instead of a strength. I know people will see this ranking as low, but the Wolverines were almost bounced twice already. And only North Carolina. "It's more important that we know what we're about, and we sleep really well at night knowing what we have and what we continue to prove and what we continue to do as a program". Sunday wasn't much better as Louisville bowed out to a red-hot MI team, and then Duke was manhandled and shell-shocked by SC.
"They understand it's one game at a time", Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said.
Now, there are stark differences between CT in 2011 and North Carolina this season.
#4 Arizona This Arizona team is as complete as they come. But they realized they could approximate Duke's talent if not its skill, and in a one-and-done setting belief is a powerful thing.
"The landscape for college basketball has changed in the last two or three years and not a lot of people know it".
Jeff: This says more about the winner-take-all format that is the NCAA Tournament. The most the conference can collect this season is 19, and that's if North Carolina makes the Final Four - at best, $9.6 million less over the next six years.
Meanwhile, three SEC teams (Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina) are in the Sweet 16, along with three from the Pac-12 (Arizona, Oregon, UCLA), three from the Big 10 (Michigan, Purdue, Wisconsin), three from the Big 12 (Baylor, Kansas, West Virginia), two from the Big East (Butler, Xavier) and one from the West Coast Conference (Gonzaga).
"It was a very, very, very good ride", Kingsley said. "When we're all sharing the ball, it's going to be a positive outcome".
No. 2 seed and reigning ACC Tournament champions Duke had no trouble in its first-round game, routing No. 15 seed Troy 87-65. I'm proud of them.
Anderson said immediately afterward it was hard to put the season in its proper perspective.
"I told them I love these guys".
"When you think about it, they had a special year".
"The Razorbacks are on the map", Watkins said. We'll start there. I'm going to take Florida to come out of the region.