A week into the Madness. Time for the Sweet 16. Other than Arizona, not a lot of surprises this year. In fact, the top three seeds in all four regions are represented. Take out the aforementioned Wildcats and chalk has largely ruled the tournament after two rounds. That in mind, here’s my Sweet 16 breakdown …
Connecticut vs. Purdue – The Boilermakers are playing some of their best basketball, largely because they’re healthy. But for Purdue to pull an upset the Boilers will have to have an explosive night from beyond the arc. Remember, the Huskies also play in-your-face defense, and generally don’t foul. UConn also appears very motivated and focused on both ends. Pick: Connecticut.
Missouri vs. Memphis – An interesting game that seems destined for scrambling, wild plays, big runs, and lots of free-throws. How will Memphis handle the 40 minutes of pressure? Can Missouri get quality shots against a tough Memphis D? It probably comes down to turnovers. If Mizzou forces Tyreke Evans into a lot of mistakes, the lower-seeded Tigers can win. My bet? Memphis makes enough plays to get the job done. Pick: Memphis.