Sweet 16 Predictions: Underdogs To Watch and the Next Top Team To Lose
The madness in college basketball is real. There were plenty of upsets to be had in the first few rounds of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The Madness is set to continue this week as more great teams will take to the court. This is why there will be more big upsets as top teams topple. Here is a look at our Sweet 16 Predictions which includes underdogs to watch and the next top team to lose. We also have complete coverage with picks against the spread for UCLA vs Kentucky and West Virginia vs Gonzaga.
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Underdogs to Watch
Michigan has had one heck of a run and it could be argued that they are playing the best basketball of any team in the tournament, but the run stops against Oregon. Dillon Brooks is the kind of star that can will the Duck to victory. Guard Tyler Dorsey has recorded four straight games over 20 points and the Ducks playing small is working out for this team. The Ducks are 37-16 against the spread (ATS) in their last 53 games as an underdog and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 NCAA Tournament games.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs deserve some praise because they outlasted some other very good teams, but the run is over. Like many of the overhyped years in Gonzaga basketball, the run is about to come to an end. The West Virginia press is very good and it will give the Bulldogs big problems. The pressure will be too much on and off the court for Gonzaga who loses again in the tournament.
Next Top Team To Lose
That is right by the time settles this weekend three of the top seeds in the tournament will be gone. Purdue will be the next big team to pull off the upset. Purdue leads the Big Ten and is 12th nationally with a scoring differential of 12.6 points per game. They also have some big bodies which will allow them to dominate the boards. The Boilermakers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games and 22-8 ATS in their last 30 non-conference games. This game goes down to the wire, but it wil be Purdue who will pull off the biggest upset of the week.