The field has narrowed, but the excitement certainly hasn't.
The NCAA Tournament threw several curveballs at us in the opening weekend.
Talking Points wants to take full advantage. Only Xavier, Wisconsin, Michigan and SC have advanced beyond where their seeding would dictate they would go. That ties in with Kansas being the overall favorite, but the Big 12 also had three teams in the Sweet 16. The key might be whether Moe Wagner, Michigan's postseason breakout star, can shrug off foul trouble. Pictured: Josh Jackson celebrates a three-point shot with Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk during a game against TCU in the second half at Allen Fieldhouse on February 22, 2017 in Lawrence, Kansas. With Boucher on the court this season, OR allowed 0.932 points per possession.
The Bulldogs have won the previous two meetings, and they are also 7-1 ATS in their last eight as underdogs, making for a very intriguing game despite the line. MI is averaging 1.148 points per possession this season, with UCLA and Gonzaga the only remaining teams with better marks than that.
No. 3 seed Baylor minus-3.5 vs. The first week of the 2017 NCAA Tournament lived up to the hype. And so giveaways are a concern for Gonzaga, especially considering they had 13 of them in a win over Northwestern on Saturday. The favorite here seems to be Arizona, but don't underestimate Xavier. they've been playing to good ball throughout the tournament. Hard to get better than that.
No. 1 Kansas (-5) vs.
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As one might expect with the only No. 1 seed who covered during the second round, the Kansas Jayhawks have taken over as the betting favorite on the odds to win the 2017 NCAA Tournament. So the Boilermakers have that minor precedent going for them, I guess. Due to injuries and distractions surrounding the team, they struggled throughout the regular season. West Virginia defeated the No. 5 Fighting Irish pretty handily, 83-71. This one features two of the four finalists for the Naismith Award, given to the nation's best player.
First, this is going to be an up-tempo game - and no one plays that style better or more efficiently than UCLA.
No. 2 Kentucky vs.
Two years ago, Sean Miller and Arizona beat Xavier - the team Miller coached from 2004 to 2009 - by eight in the Sweet 16, so that story line has been beaten to death already. Three of the four match-ups were decided by three points or less.
Gonzaga by three, Xavier by two, and OR by one.