No.7 seed Michigan (26-11) vs. No.3 Oregon (31-5)
Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo. (18,972)
6:09 PM CT/7:09 PM ET
Really bullish on this Michigan team. They won tough, hard-nosed games against an excellent Oklahoma State team last Friday, 92-91, then defeated the always powerful Louisville Cardinals and Rick Pitino, the basketball genius, 73-69, last Sunday to earn the right to play in Kansas City. Oregon is an excellent team, but I like stud senior Derrick Walton Jr. and super talented Berlin Germany center Moritz Wagner (6'11", 240, pronounced Vaagner) to get the Wolverines over the top.
Wolverines 84, Ducks 78
No. 4 West Virginia (28-8) vs. No.1 Gonzaga (34-1)
SAP Center, San Jose (17,496)
6:39 PM CT/7:39 PM ET
West Virginia plays harassing defense that causes havoc for the opposing team. They turned over Notre Dame 14 times in their 83-71 victory last Saturday and ND is one of the best teams in the nation in not turning it over. West Virginia can also play some offense, too. They look pretty special. They'll have to stop Gonzaga's massive senior Przemek Karnowski (Poland, 7'1", 300) and super shooting guard Nigel Williams-Goss, but like the 3 point underdog to stop those two enough and their quickness and athleticism to win the game for them.
Mountaineers 71, Gonzaga 68
No.4 Purdue (27-7) vs. No.1 Kansas (30-4)
Sprint Center, KC
8:39 PM CT/9:39 PM ET
The Jayhawks looked unstoppable last week in dominating Michigan State, 90-70, and this is basically a home game for them. Frank Mason III and Rock Chalk move on to the Elite Eight.
Kansas 78, Purdue 70
No.11 Xavier (23-13) vs. No.2 Arizona (32-4)
SAP Center, San Jose
9:09 PM CT/10:09 PM ET
Zona is a talented, tough team. Don't know if Sean Miller can get'em to the Final Four, he seems to come up short every year, but I like him and Zona in this game.
Zona 74, Xavier 65