March Madness Sweet 16 Best BetsJosh Bailey
The Sweet 16 starts this Thursday, March 23rd and you can use my March Madness picks to win big. Which team is my best bet when Oregon battles Michigan on Thursday, March 23? Who wins in a classic matchup between Kentucky and UCLA on Friday at the FedEx Forum in Memphis? Is Baylor or South Carolina the team to back in their game at Madison Square Garden on March 24?Â
March Madness Sweet 16 Best Bets
Oregon vs Michigan
When:Â Thursday, March 23
Where: Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
Analysis: Michigan has continued the hot streak that got them to their Big Ten Tournament Championship win. The Wolverines beat Oklahoma State 92 to 91 in Round 1. In Round 2, they took down Louisville 73 to 69. Could Michigan make it 8 wins in a row by beating Oregon in the Sweet 16?
I don’t think so. I like the Ducks to beat Michigan rather handily on March 23. Oregon fought hard against tough Rhode Island. They only beat the Rams 75 to 72. But, that’s the point. The Ducks found a way to win even though they appeared to be on the ropes without a great shot of winning.
Oregon has gotten better and better with every game they play without Chris Boucher. Oregon can not only match Michigan on the offensive end, but they can also play defense better than any team Michigan has faced in this tournament.
I am betting the Ducks win by at least 6 points.Â Â
March Madness Sweet 16 Best Bet: Oregon
Kentucky vs UCLA
When:Â Friday, March 24
Where: FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN
Analysis: At first, it was tough for me to handicap this game. UCLA looked great pulling away from Cincinnati while Kentucky struggled to beat Wichita State.
But, then, I realized something. Wichita State is one of the best teams in the nation. Not only that, but Wichita State had Kentucky beat. It appeared as if Kentucky was going to fold. Then, Kentucky came up huge. The Wildcats were brilliant defensively stopping Wichita State from hitting a game-tying three-pointer not once, but twice.
Kentucky has the length to stop UCLA’s three-point shooters. The Bruins have no shot versus Kentucky in the paint. The Wildcats should beat the Bruins by at least 6 points.
March Madness Sweet 16 Best Bet: Kentucky
Baylor vs South Carolina
When:Â Friday, March 24
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Analysis: I love how South Carolina beat Duke in Round 2. The Gamecocks took over the game by playing tough defense and running up and down the court. South Carolina beat Duke 88 to 81.
But, the Gamecocks matched up well with Duke. Duke doesn’t have a lot of size. They have terrifically skilled players, but they’re not big enough to deal with the Gamecocks in the paint.
Baylor can deal with South Carolina’s size. The Bears are playing well. If South Carolina wants to play a slow game, Baylor will do that. They can beat you in a 66 to 56 game. They can also score 80 on you.
South Carolina has played well in this tournament. But, I think their run ends on Friday. Baylor ATS is the play.Â