2016 March Madness Sweet 16 Free Picks

2016 March Madness Sweet 16 Free Picks

The Sweet 16 fields are set. Although there are some dogs that have played well during the tournament, the favorites have truly excelled. 2 Villanova marched into the Sweet 16 after dumping 7 Iowa 87 to 68 on Sunday.

Villanova battles 3 Miami in the Sweet 16. 1 North Carolina pummeled 9 Providence 85 to 66 this past Saturday. The Tar Heels go into their Sweet 16 matchup with 5 Indiana as the favorite. Number 1 Virginia won a hard fought battle with 9 Butler in the Round of 32. The Cavaliers take on 4 Iowa State in the Sweet 16. Keep reading for my March Madness free betting picks for the Sweet 16

2016 March Madness Sweet 16 Free Betting Picks

What: March Madness – South Region – Sweet Sixteen
Who: No. 3 Miami Hurricanes (27-7) at No. 2 Villanova Wildcats (31-5)
When: Thursday, March 24, 2016
Start Time: 6:10 PM ET 
Where: Louisville, Kentucky
Stadium: KFC Yum! Center
Spread: Villanova -5
Moneyline: N/A
Game Total: 142
Watch: CBS
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Miami vs Villanova

The difference between these 2 teams is that one of the teams has a killer instinct and the other doesn’t. The team with the killer instinct is Villanova. The team without it is Miami. At one point, the Hurricanes were ahead of Wichita State 25 to 6. They allowed the Shockers to get back into the game. When it was all said and done, Miami beat Wichita State 65 to 57.

Villanova jumped out to a 54 to 29 lead over Iowa at halftime. The Wildcats didn’t let up in the second half. Iowa outscored Villanova by 6 in the second half, 39 to 33. The game ended Villanova 87 and Iowa 68. Miami is a good team but Villanova might be a special team. The Wildcats shot 59.3% from the field and 52.6% from three against Iowa. I think Villanova takes it on Thursday.

Pick: Villanova 

What: March Madness – East Region – Sweet Sixteen
Who: No. 5 Indiana Hoosiers (27-7) at No.1 North Carolina Tar Heels (30-6)
When: Friday, March 25, 2016
Start Time: 8:57 PM ET 
Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Stadium: Wells Fargo Center
Spread: North Carolina -6
Moneyline: N/A
Game Total: 160
Watch: TBS
Stream: TBS
Listen: Indiana vs North Carolina

Indiana has surprised me in this tournament. I thought that the Hoosiers would lose to Chattanooga in the first round. Then, I thought that the Hoosiers would drop the battle against Kentucky in the second round. Indiana looked better versus Kentucky than they did versus Chattanooga because they played a much tougher team.

But the Hoosiers could be in for a tough night against North Carolina on Friday. The Tar Heels have been incredibly impressive during the tournament. North Carolina out-rebounded Providence 37 to 20 in their 85 to 66 beat down of the Friars in the Round of 32. North Carolina’s defense held Providence to 40.4% from the field and 26.1% from three.

Indiana’s style is to run and gun. North Carolina has scored 83 points and 85 points in their 2 games so far during the tournament. The Tar Heels should beat Indiana in the Sweet 16.

Pick: North Carolina

What: March Madness – Midwest Region – Sweet Sixteen
Who: No. 4 Iowa State Cyclones (23-11) at No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers (28-7)
When: Friday, March 25, 2016
Start Time: 6:10 PM ET 
Where: Chicago, Illinois
Stadium: United Center
Spread: Virginia -5
Moneyline: N/A
Game Total: 141
Watch: CBS
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Iowa State vs Virginia

This should be a terrific contrast game. Virginia wants to slow things down while Iowa State wants to speed things up. But, here’s the thing:  Virginia can run when they want to. The Cavaliers scored 77 points in their 77 to 69 win over Butler. In that game, Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon scored 22 points and grabbed 5 boards. He also dished 5 assists.

Brogdon is too good of a player for Iowa State to handle while the Cavaliers can force Iowa State into a half-court game if they choose to. Virginia beating Iowa State is one of the best bets of the Sweet 16.

Pick: Virginia