And now we have eight teams remaining in the NCAA Mens Tournament. As I review my Sweet Sixteen selections, I was 5-3. In my predictions before the tournament I have 4 teams in the hunt. They are Gonzaga, Baylor, Houston and Arkansas. Here are my picks to get to the Final Four.
Houston over Oregon State: Oregon State was rattle by the defensive pressure of Loyala Chicago. They eventually settle down and took control. Houston will apply the same intesity and be able to score. The Cougars have allowed their opponents in the tournament to shoot a combined 39% from inside the arc. This continues. Houston -7.5 and 129.
Baylor tops Arkansas: Baylor was impressive in their second half against Villanova. They forced turnovers and were able to attack the rim. They did not shoot well from outside so that must improve against the Razorbacks. Arkansas survived against Oral Roberts. They fall to the Bears. Baylor -8 and 148.
Gonzaga over USC: Gonzaga continue to dominate everyone. But the Trojans are playing exceptional right now. This should be the best game of the Elite Eight. High scoring with a run by the Zags at the end to pull it out. Gonzaga -8.5 and 155.
Michigan defeats UCLA : Michigan has history going for it. No team ranked as low as UCLA has ever made it to the Final Four. The Bruins were in the play in game. I will ride with that stat and see the Wolverines move on. Michigan -7.5 and 136.
I had Gonzaga and Baylor in my picks for the Final Four at the start of the Madness.