Sweet 16 Matchups 2021 Previews & Predictions for this weekends Action
Sweet 16 matchups 2021 previews for this weekend 27th and 28th March.
Men’s College Basketball National Championship Xbet.ag Odds Update (26/03/2021)
|Florida State, Arkansas||+1800|
|Oregon State, Oral Roberts University||+7000|
Loyola Chicago vs. Oregon State
One of the first games in the Sweet 16 this year is the battle between Loyola Chicago and Oregon State. Oregon State has been fantastic from behind the arc in their past few games, riding that shooting to an 8-1 record in their past nine matchups.
They even did a fantastic job of locking down on Cade Cunningham on Oklahoma State. Oregon State will provide a stiff test for a Loyola team that is feisty on the defensive end. This team is absolutely fantastic at taking away a team’s best player while also clamping up the three-point shot and making them work for shots inside.
Not to mention the fact that they don’t turn the ball over that much on the offensive end, making them a terrific all-around squad and it isn’t even like they don’t pass the ball. They actually rank eighth in the entire nation in assists, this group works hard, and they play for one another, something that will definitely come in handy down the stretch of a tough game.
There is no doubt that this game will be close, but defense and poise will be key to a victory for each of these groups.
Baylor vs. Villanova
These two teams were supposed to face off against one another earlier in the year, but the game was eventually canceled due to a COVID positive test a few days prior. Now, they get their chance to compete with a lot more on the line.
Baylor has been one of the best teams in the nation this season and it is clear why. The team shoots a ridiculous 41.5 percent from behind the arc as a full team, the best in the nation. The team is also led by their senior guard MaCio Teague, who was able to drop 22 points on 50 percent shooting from three-point range in their last game against Wisconsin, that performance actually marks as his 23rd double digit scoring game this season.
But he isn’t the only player who has put up solid numbers, Jared Butler and Davion Mitchell have each been outstanding in their own way.
This Baylor squad has arguably the best backcourt in the league and when you combine that with excellent shooting numbers you have a team that can compete with anyone.
As for Villanova, they have proven their shooting ability in their last few games in the tournament. They were supposed to rely upon Collin Gillespie, but he was injured earlier in the season, leaving the scoring bulk to Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, who dropped 22 points himself in their first tournament game then 18 in the next.
Villanova also has the defensive firepower to limit Baylor’s offensive weapons, though it is yet to be known if they have enough to completely slow them down.
Arkansas vs. Oral Roberts
Arkansas has been a pretty good team this season, but they have relied way too much on their three-point shooting when they don’t even shoot it that well.
As of right now, the team has fired away from three at a 33.6 percent clip, but that hasn’t seemed to stop them. Moses Moody is the best shooter on the team with JD Notae right behind him, though he has shot it more times than Moody and connected on less.
Eventually this team won’t be able to catch up to their opponent if their shots aren’t falling and it could put their entire season in jeopardy. They have to start driving to the rim more and attempt to pick up fouls, they can’t afford to get sent behind early against a very hot Oral Roberts team.
Oral Roberts is led by their point guard Max Abmas, he has been stellar all season on the offensive end and averages just over 24 points per game. If he starts to get going early on in this contest it will be bad news for Arkansas, especially if their three pointers fall early.
They have also bee a key storyline in this tournament, with many labeling their season as a cinderella story, though who knows how much longer that will last.
Houston vs. Syracuse
Everybody was beginning to count out Syracuse just as the tournament was starting and yet they are proving their doubters wrong once again. This team has been scorching from behind the three-point line, they have hit 29 three pointers in their first two games of the tournament while also stifling their opponents to less than 40 percent from the field in both games.
This team is athletic and has great defensive instincts to avoid giving their opponents easy shots on the outside, not to mention how solid this team is at closing out close games. Houston will need to play like they have so far in this tournament to take them down.
Houston is a tough and gritty squad that won’t back down to anybody, they were able to win their last game despite shooting terribly from the field and not making their free throws.
They aren’t going to just back away from a fight and will provide their own excellent defense to make for a low scoring affair here.
Gonzaga vs. Creighton
This Gonzaga team is unlike any other in the tournament this year. Truly, they are by far one of the best teams in the school’s history and it is easy to see why. They have a trio of players that are bound to make it into the NBA next year with Jalen Suggs, Corey Kispert and Drew Timme all providing excellent scoring and even defense.
They have allowed Timme to dominate inside with his terrific footwork, once that happens and the team starts to double him, he has the playmaking to kick it outside to Suggs and Kispert for wide open threes that they don’t seem to miss often.
They gel together really well and never panic, even when they are behind, and a game gets too close. Creighton will literally need to capitalize on every mistake that Gonzaga makes in order to give themselves a chance. Oklahoma had a shot to take down Gonzaga, but they lost by 16 points.
Creighton doesn’t hit their free throws very well either, just 64 percent on the year which isn’t going to cut it against a top tier team.
Michigan vs. Florida State
Michigan was one of the best teams in the tournament even though some were expecting them to be bounced early on. They have fought hard in their first two games and it has gotten them here. Michigan has an unreal level of momentum that they randomly tap into to give them a lead no matter the situation.
Once they get themselves into that zone both offensively and defensively, it is incredibly hard to beat them, they start hitting shots and clamping up on the other end. It also has an advantage in this game because Florida State can’t seem to slow down their turnover numbers.
They were one of the worst teams in the nation in turnovers per game and if they do that in this matchup it is only a matter of time before Michigan capitalizes on it. They have been good in the rebounding department though, they make sure to box out and grab any board that flies their direction, whether it is offensive or defensive.
Both of these teams are wildly efficient and try their best to be tough on defense, not allowing anything easy.
It will be a fun back and forth between these schools, though one swing of momentum could completely change the outcome.
Alabama vs. UCLA
Alabama is one of those teams that do everything right but not anything excellent. There isn’t a phase of the game that they dominant in but that doesn’t matter when you do everything else at a high level.
This squad loves to attack and harass you on the defensive end, doing whatever they can to force random turnovers and bad shots. Once they do that they know how to get out in transition and take open shots from the three-point line.
But they also do great at rebounding their own misses, putting up at least ten offensive boards in their last ten games, that is a crazy stat to think about. UCLA is pretty average on both sides of the ball but will have to be a lot better to form an upset.
They have yet to face a really good team in the tournament and were very lucky that Abilene Christian was able to knock off Texas early on. Alabama is just a physical team that loves playing hard defense and trying to throw you off your game.
UCLA is almost the complete opposite; they just play a basic style of basketball and it almost seems like they follow whatever tempo the game asks of them.
It could end up being a great game, but it all depends on UCLA coming out to play hard.
USC vs. Oregon
This is a very fun to watch Oregon team. So much so that they banded together and stomped on arguably the best player in the nation in Luka Garza and Iowa, beating them by 15 points and slowing down Garza as best as they could.
They have even been knocking down the three-point shot at over 50 percent in their last two games, and they share the ball around evenly. While Oregon isn’t one of the best defensive teams in the nation, their offense has been so good that is hasn’t even mattered. USC is the complete opposite.
They don’t score that many points, though they put up quite a bit in Kansas, and would rather lock down defensively. They prefer to play at their own pace throughout the game and refuse to be dictated by their opponents no matter the score.
They also don’t miss out on free opportunities, normally cashing in off turnovers for points.
It may be like the matchup between these two teams earlier in the year when USC was able to dominate them and limit their three-point shots.
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