The first game features the number 2 seed from the South Region Villanova Wildcats taking on the number two seed from the West Region, the Oklahoma Sooners.
According to the sharks in Vegas, the Wildcats are 4-and-oh against the spread in the tournament.
Their stingy defense has carried Villanova thus far but can they keep up with Oklahoma?
The Sooners are a 2 point underdog, however Buddy Hield and Isaiah Cousins are two players that can break down Nova.
NRG Stadium has a history of turning great shooters into bad ones.
I’m referencing the 2011 Championship game between Butler and UConn where teams shot 32% from the field. My heart says Hield, Jordan Woodward and Cousins will push on but… Defense travels.
Villanova 62, Oklahoma 61.
In the second game, the number one seed North Carolina Tar Heels face off against the 10th seeded Syracuse Orange. UNC has beaten Syracuse in their last three meetings.
In the last two games, Brice Johnson was a load in the paint. Each time, the forward had monster games. If Syracuse does not contain him down low, Orange forward Michael Gbinije will have a long night.
Also, the Orange will have to prevent the Tar Heels from getting out and running the floor. North Carolina has outscored its four tournament opponents 49-14 in fast break points.
UNC doesn’t have to rely on the three-point shot. They’re not a great shooting team; however, it will bode well for them because they like to do work inside. Syracuse’s magic carpet ride will end here. I like Carolina 82-75.