March Madness and the Sweet 16 are coming up this weekend and it’s time to see if the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles have what it takes. They have made a surprisingly deep run, but face a difficult game tomorrow. Four games on Saturday and four on Sunday will determine who advances to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Men’s Basketball championship series.
All Eyes On Oral Roberts Saturday
The Golden Eagles are this year’s Cinderella team, advancing further in the season than anyone thought possible. They came in as #15 seeds and will make their first Sweet 16 debut ever tomorrow against the Arkansas Razorbacks. This could be a very interesting game, despite some of the absurd comments floating around social media.
Oddsmakers aren’t giving Oral Roberts any support, putting them at +410 against the Razorbacks’ overwhelming -625. Arkansas is expected to win by at least 11.5 points on an Over/Under of 159 (-113), but the Eagles have already shown they have the ability to beat superior teams. These two teams met in December and the Razorbacks were down after the first half. If Oral Roberts can stay strong, it has a good shot at winning.
The Baylor Bears and the Villanova Wildcats meet tomorrow and Baylor is undoubtedly the superior team. The Wildcats have only made it this far after they beat two weak teams – the Winthrop Eagles and the North Texas Mean Green – and shouldn’t prove to be a problem for Baylor. While Villanova has been on fire defensively, they stumble on offense.
The Bears are getting -345, while the Wildcats sit at +250. The spread is -7.5 (-112) for the Bears, with an Over/Under of 141 (-114). The Bears should win and cover the spread and help secure an Over bet win.
Ramblers To Ramble To Elite Eight
The Loyola Chicago Ramblers, who could be seen as the junior Cinderella team this year, will meet the Oregon State Beavers tomorrow. They, like the Golden Eagles, hadn’t been expected to get this far and now have their sights firmly set on an Elite Eight appearance. The school has only twice made it that far – in 1963 and 2018 – and both appearances saw them advance. They took the NCAA championship in 1963 and made it to the Final Four in 2018.
The Ramblers are in the Sweet 16 after defeating the Illinois Fighting Illini, a #1-seeded team. As they face the Ducks, they should have no trouble advancing and are getting -315 for the game. The 7-point spread (-112) will come close, but don’t expect the final score to reach the 125.5 Over/Under.
Sweet 16 Sunday Matchups Are Tight
With the exception of the game between the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Creighton Bluejays, Sunday’s Sweet 16 games are all tight games. The Bulldogs are getting a massive -1250 against the Bluejays’ +700 as they enter this semifinal game as the only undefeated team in NCAA basketball. The Bluejays know they have their work cut out for them.
The Florida State Seminoles aren’t getting the respect they deserve from oddsmakers. They take on the Michigan Wolverines on Sunday as underdogs, but got to this point by winning eight of their last ten. The Wolverines have slowed down somewhat after starting the season strong, and this is not going to be an easy game. The Wolverines are at -143 with 2.5 points, but don’t be surprised if the +115 Noles get it done.
The Alabama Crimson Tide took the SEC basketball championship, as well as the SEC football championship this year. They now look to be crowned NCAA basketball kings if they can beat the UCLA Bruins on Sunday and are definitely ready. Alabama is getting -278 against UCLA’s +215, with a spread of 6.5. The spread might not make it, but Alabama should be able to take the win.
The Oregon Ducks and the USC Trojans are set for a rematch. These two faced off about a month ago, with the Trojans walking all over their rivals. The Ducks hope to turn the tables this time, but a win won’t come easy. USC is favored at -136 to the Ducks’ +110 and is getting 2 points (at -113). With the Over/Under of 138.5 (-110) being beaten, the Ducks will squeak by.