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Sweet Sixten Predictions

Louisville (1) vs. Oregon (12)

Louisville Cardinals

Record: 31-5

Coach: Rick Pitino 

Conference: Big East (14-4)

Previous Tournament Wins: North Carolina A&T (16), 79-48; Colorado State (8), 82-56


Oregon Ducks

Record: 28-8

Coach: Dana Altman

Conference: Pac 12 (12-6)

Previous Tournament Wins: Oklahoma State(5), 68-55; St. Louis (4), 74-54


Prediction: Louisville. Louisville's offense will outshine Oregon's. Louisville will be too quick. Oregon won't be able to handle Louisville's pressure. 


Michigan State (3) vs. Duke (2)

Duke Blue Devils

Record: 29-5

Coach: Mike Krzyzewski 

Conference: ACC (14-4)

Previous Tournament Wins: Albany(15), 73-61; Creighton (7), 66-50


Michigan State Spartans

Record: 27-8

Coach: Tom Izzo

Conference: Big Ten (13-5)

Previous Tournament Wins: Valparaiso (13), 65-54; Memphis (6), 70-48


Prediction: Duke. Two great coaches but Duke's scoring will be too much for the Spartans to handle. 


Kansas (1) vs. Michigan (4)

Kansas Jayhawks

Record: 31-5

Coach: Bill Self 

Conference: Big 12 (14-4)

Previous Tournament Wins: Western Kentucky(16), 64-57; North Carolina (8), 70-58


Michigan Wolverines

Record: 28-7

Coach: John Beilein

Conference: Big Ten (12-6)

Previous Tournament Wins: South Dakota State (13), 71-56; VCU (5), 78-53


Prediction: Kansas. Kansas will easily be able to score against MIchigan's weak defense. 


Florida (3) vs. Florida Gulf Coast (15)

Florida Gators

Record: 28-7

Coach: Billy Donovan

Conference: SEC (14-4)

Previous Tournament Wins: Northwestern State (14), 79-47; Minnesota (11), 78-64


Florida Gulf Coast Eagles

Record: 26-10

Coach: Andy Enfield 

Conference: Atlantic Sun (13-5)

Previous Tournament Wins: Georgetown (2), 78-68; San Diego State (7), 81-71


Prediction: FCGU. Dunk City! This is the game the Eagles have been wanting all year, to face their older brother Florida. Florida Gulf Coast wants to win more than any other team in the tournament and it's shown. 


Indiana (1) vs. Syracuse (4)

Indiana Hoosiers

Record: 29-6

Coach: Tom Crean

Conference: Big Ten (14-4)

Previous Tournament Wins: James Madison (16), 83-62; Temple (9), 58-52


Syracuse Orange

Record: 28-9

Coach: Jim Boeheim

Conference: Big East (11-7)

Previous Tournament Wins: Montana (13), 81-34; California (12), 66-60


Prediction: Indiana. Indiana will shoot Syracuse right out of their famous zone. 


Marquette (3) vs. Miami (2)

Miami Hurricanes

Record: 29-6

Coach: Jim Larranaga 

Conference: ACC (15-3)

Previous Tournament Wins: Pacific (15), 78-49; Illinois (7), 63-59


Marquette Golden Eagles

Record: 25-8

Coach: Buzz Williams

Conference: Big East (14-4)

Previous Tournament Wins: Davidson (14), 59-58; Butler (6), 74-72


Prediction: Miami. The Hurricanes strength and speed will show in this game and Marquette won't be able to handle it. 


Wichita State (9) vs. La Salle (13)

Wichita State Shockers

Record: 28-8

Coach: Gregg Marshall

Conference: Missouri Valley (12-6)

Previous Tournament Wins: Pittsburgh (8), 73-55; Gonzaga (1), 76-70


La Salle Explorers

Record: 24-9 

Coach: John Giannini

Conference: Atlantic 10 (11-5)

Previous Tournament Wins: Boise State (13), 80-71; Kansas State (4), 63-61; Ole Miss (12) 76-74


Prediction: Wichita State. In a game between two underdogs, the Shockers are going to continue to shock the nation and make their way to the elite eight. 


Arizona (6) vs. Ohio State (2)

Ohio State Buckeyes

Record: 28-7

Coach: Thad Matta 

Conference: Big Ten (13-5)

Previous Tournament Wins: Iona (15), 95-70; Iowa State (10), 78-75


Arizona Wildcats

Record: 27-7

Coach: Sean MIller

Conference: Pac 12 (12-6)

Previous Tournament Wins: Belmont (11), 81-64; Harvard (14), 74-51


Prediction: Arizona. This will be a tight game but Arizona has the ability to hit big shots down the stretch. 


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