Sweet or Sour?

UNC Basketball

#4 Butler vs #1 North Carolina. Can we expect a follow-up to fellow “mid-major” Xavier from last night? Probably not. Will it be a close one? Probably more than it needs to be. As the second best team is a conference that suddenly looks better than it really was, Kelan Martin will hope to be enough up against the likes of Joel Berry and Justin Jackson. North Carolina 81, Butler 77

#7 South Carolina vs #3 Baylor. The Gamecocks were more than a surprise team in the Sweet Sixteen, but labeling Baylor a sure-fire team to make it this far isn’t quite accurate. Still, both teams have been very good in getting here. Sindarius Thornwell and the real USC could’ve had this impact last year but were slighted by the tournament committee. No such mistake will be made again this time around as Johnathan Motley and his motley-crew will struggle against this grinding team. South Carolina 68, Baylor 62

#3 UCLA vs #2 Kentucky. In what is surely the marquee matchup of the evening, you’ve got two of the country’s best freshmen/players in general and two blue blood programs that love to run. Could these two teams approach triple digits? It’s possible. Lonzo Ball would have to get lots of help (and it’s there if he needs it). Malik Monk needs to come out on fire as the depth for Kentucky hasn’t been as impressive as initially assumed. De’Aaron Fox and/or Isaiah Briscoe will likely play pivotal roles in how this game plays out. Kentucky 91, UCLA 86

#8 Wisconsin vs #4 Florida. Both teams had surprising seedings but both have played much higher. The Gators appear to be peaking at the right time. Their impressive level of depth makes them a difficult matchup, but it’s their options on defense that might make this game tougher for the Badgers. Ethan Happ will come to play, it’s Nigel Hayes that must show his ability to combat the likes of Devin Robinson and others. Florida 75, Wisconsin 64

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