Sweet 16 Preview

(4) Wisconsin vs (1) Syracuse

The loss of Fab Melo has not seem to hurt the Orange much yet. Both of these teams can shoot the three well as Syracuse shot 67 percent in their win over Kansas State. Wisconsin won a grind it out game against Vanderbilt led by Jordan Taylor’s 14 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds. The Badgers will have their hands full inside with Rakeem Christmas and Kris Joseph who had 16 combined rebounds in their 3rd round win. The Orange must take better control of the basketball against a very good Wisconsin defense, who forced Vanderbilt to turn it over 12 times. The inside presence and the depth of the bench will lead the Orange to the elite 8.

Syracuse 72, Wisconsin 65

Rakeem Christmas's inside presence could be an issue for the Badgers.

(4) Louisville vs (1) Michigan State

The biggest issue going into this game for the Cardinals will be finding a way to stop Draymond Green. Green had 16 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists against St. Louis. Gorgui Deng had a nice game scoring 6 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in their win over New Mexico, but will need to stay out of foul trouble guarding Green. Kyle Kuric can help on the boards, slip out and shoot the three and at 6’4 he is a match-up nightmare for the Spartans guards. The battle between Keith Appling and Peyton Siva will be fun to watch as they both are very athletic and can score. When it gets to this point in the tournament Tom Izzo just gets more out of his teams than most, the Spartans move on.

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NCAA Basketball Top Ten Recap

10. Baylor (24-5) (Beat Texas 77-72, beat Oklahoma 70-60)

Quincy Acy had 22 points and 16 rebounds in a win over Texas.

9. Murray State (28-1) (Beat Tennessee State 80-62, beat Tennessee Tech 69-64)

Isaiah Canaan had 18 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds in a win over Tennessee Tech.

8. Missouri (25-4) (Lost to Kansas State 78-68, lost to Kansas 87-86)

Ricardo Ratliffe had 22 points and 12 rebounds in an overtime loss to Kansas.

7. Marquette (24-5) (Beat Rutgers 82-65, beat West Virginia 61-60)

Jae Crowder had 26 points and 4 rebounds in a close win over West Virginia.

6. North Carolina (25-4) (Beat NC State 86-74, beat Virginia 54-51)

John Henson had 15 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Virginia.

5. Michigan State (24-5) (Beat Minnesota 66-61, beat Nebraska 62-34)

Draymond Green had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in a win over Minnesota.

4. Kansas (24-5) (Beat Texas A&M 66-58, beat Missouri 87-86)

Thomas Robinson had 28 points and 12 rebounds and a game saving block in a close win over Missouri.

3. Duke (25-4) (Beat Florida State 74-66, beat Virginia Tech 70-65)

Austin Rivers had 23 points and 4 rebounds in win over Virginia Tech.

2. Syracuse (29-1) (Beat South Florida 56-48, beat UConn 71-69)

Kris Joseph had 21 points and 7 rebounds in a close win over UConn.

1. Kentucky (28-1) (Beat Mississippi State 73-64, beat Vanderbilt 83-74)

Anthony Davis had 28 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks in a win over Vanderbilt.