4 double-digit seeds will look to punch tickets into the Candy 16 when the second spherical of the NCAA males’s basketball match concludes Monday.
That features a matchup between two of these groups. No. 11 UCLA – a faculty with 11 nationwide championships – meets No. 14 Abilene Christian – is coming off its first match victory on the Division I stage. No. 13 Ohio faces No. 5 Creighton in the identical area, and No. 10 Maryland meets No. 2 Alabama within the East Area.
Gonzaga is the one group favored by double digits in what needs to be one other day stuffed with improbable finishes.
Sporting Information gives its picks for the second-round video games:
March Insanity picks, predictions for Spherical 2
No. 1 Gonzaga (-14.5) vs. No. 8 Oklahoma (West)
Oklahoma superior to the second spherical with out second-leading scorer Da’Vion Hamilton, who’s out after testing optimistic for COVID-19. The Sooners nonetheless have Austin Reaves, and Brady Manek could be a X-factor participant on this sport if he continues to remain sizzling from 3-point vary. Gonzaga, nonetheless, merely presents too many issues on the offensive finish, and the Bulldogs had been dialed in with their first-round sport. Don’t be stunned if Oklahoma leads early, however Gonzaga will draw back within the second half behind one other huge sport from Corey Kispert.
No. 5 Creighton (-6) vs. No. 13 Ohio (West)
Can the Blue Jays maintain off one other sizzling Cinderella choose? Marcus Zegarowski keyed the first-round victory in opposition to UC-Santa Barbara with 17 factors, however he additionally facilitated with eight assists. He’s each bit as vital as Ohio guard Jason Preston, who almost had a triple-double within the first-round victory in opposition to Virginia. Creighton shoots 36.4 % from 3-point vary. Ohio is at 35.9. It’ll come down to some pictures from there in both course, and search for the Bobcats to get these yet another time from ahead Ben Vander Plas in a good one.
No. 3 Kansas vs. No. 6 USC (-1.5) (West)
Kansas the underdog? USC brings an fascinating problem with 7-foot middle Evan Mobley, and his brother Isaiah Mobley is one other constant scorer. Japanese Washington pushed the Jayhawks, however that was due largely to sizzling 3-point taking pictures within the first half. Kansas received 35 factors off the bench within the first spherical. That depth issues. The Jayhawks had been 2-5 S/U as an underdog this season, however they break that development to get again to the Candy 16.
No. 2 Iowa (-5) vs. No. 7 Oregon (West)
Oregon superior to the second spherical in a no contest. The senior trio of Eugene Omoruyi, Chris Duarte and LJ Figueroa common double figures, they usually pose an fascinating problem for Iowa. The Hawkeyes have an skilled match group led by SN Participant of the 12 months Luka Garza, and the new taking pictures will proceed behind Jordan Bohannan and Joe Wieskamp. Iowa will get again to the Candy 16 for the primary time since 1999.
No. 1 Michigan (-5.5) vs. No. 8 LSU (East)
That is going to be a well-liked upset choose figuring out the Wolverines are with out Isaiah Livers and face a top-10 scoring offense led by Cameron Thomas, who scored 27 factors within the first spherical in opposition to St. Bonaventure. Michigan counters with Hunter Dickinson, and if the 7-foot-1 middle stays out of hassle the Wolverines ought to have sufficient to carry off the Tigers late. The Wolverines are 5-1 in opposition to SEC opponents within the match since 2008 – and a number of these had been sizzling upset picks, too.
No. 4 Florida State (-1.5) vs. No. 5 Colorado (East)
Colorado erupted for 96 factors and 16 threes in its first-round victory in opposition to Georgetown, however the Buffaloes must match Florida State on the glass on either side to have an opportunity. The Seminoles had simply 5 offensive rebounds in its first-round victory, and M.J. Walker had an off evening. If these struggles proceed, then Florida State might be in hassle. Colorado is the very best free-throw taking pictures group within the nation. That makes the distinction down the stretch in a small upset.
No. 11 UCLA (-5) vs. No. 14 Abilene Christian (East)
Abilene Christian is taking part in with home cash after surprising Texas within the first spherical in a 53-52 thriller, and the Wildcats have the fourth-best scoring protection in Division I. Abilene Christian might want to shoot higher from 3-point vary after hitting simply 3 of 18 in opposition to the Longhorns. UCLA guards Johnny Juzang and Jamie Jaquez Jr. have mixed to common 45 factors per sport. It nonetheless feels bizarre to name the Bruins a sleeper.
No. 2 Alabama (-6) vs. No. 10 Maryland (East)
That is the opposite Large Ten-SEC second-round showdown. Maryland hit 9 of 18 from 3-point vary in its first-round matchup, they usually possible should match that to have an opportunity in opposition to the Crimson Tide. Herbert Jones additionally poses an issue on the inside for Maryland. It will likely be tight, however we’re sticking with our choose from Choice Sunday. Maryland will preserve it tight sufficient to cowl, however we’re switching our choose from Choice Sunday.