We are down to eight games in the college basketball national championship, the Sweet 16. After this weekend’s action there will be just four… but before then there are a large number of game props outside the usual point-spreads and totals to invest on. 2018 College Basketball Regional Semifinals Sweet 16 Propositions.
No #5 Kentucky Wildcats vs. No #9 Kansas State Wildcats
Once again John Calipari his young squad playing their best basketball in March. His freshmen filled roster led by Kevin Knox is defending and winning. Kansas State could be without their best player D-Wade.
No #7 Nevada Wolf Pack vs. No #11 Loyola-Chicago
A group of Pack players that have NBA talent get the opportunity to be a part of the Great Eight under the guidance of former Association coach Eric Musselman. The MWC champs don’t play a pressure-heavy or physical defensive scheme but they can put a ton of points on the scoreboard. The surprising Ramblers look to be the largest seed to advance to the Great Eight.
No #1 Kansas Jayhawks vs. No #5 Clemson Tigers
The heavy-guard roster for Bill Self has three bigs that rotate in an out of the lineup. The important piece to them finding victory on Friday is the play of Doke, Udoka Azubuike, who played only 3 minutes in the Round-of-64 and 22 in the Round-of-32. The Tigers’ have earned a 79-68 victory against New Mexico State and an impressive 84-53 win against Auburn. Clemson success is defensively dependent. They will have to shoot the ball at a high percentage do outscore the ‘Hawks.
No #2 Duke Blue Devils vs. No #11 Syracuse Orange
Big changes to the Blue Devils defensive scheme earned them a late charge in the ACC and a No #2 seed in the “Dance”. Defense was the Devils Achilles this season but the size of the Dukies bigs, Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr, offer second chance points against the Orange zone.
No #1 Villanova Wildcats vs. No #5 West Virginia Mountaineers
Nova is filled with top-tiered talent. They are arguably the most balanced team in the tourney. They have four players averaging more than 40 percent from the 3-point line and are technically sound defensively. The Mountaineers are one of the most difficult teams to prepare for because of their pressure defense.
No #2 Purdue Boilermakers vs. No #3 Texas Tech Red Raiders
Experience and size have defined the Boilermakers this season. How goes Keenan Evans so go the Raiders.
No #3 Michigan Wolverines vs. No #7 Texas A&M Aggies
The late play of the Wolverines topped the Big 10 And defense is coach Beilein’s calling card with this Wolverines troupe. A&M defeated reigning champs North Carolina in the Round-of-32 and did so in the paint. They will have to be just as good on the stop side of the floor to advance against Michigan.
No #4 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No #9 Florida State Seminoles
The experienced backcourt of Josh Perkins and Silas Melson are once again in the Sweet 16 and lead a balanced mid-major squad that seemingly always finds a way to make a deep run into the tournament. Florida State has depth and experience and sports a group of upper classmen that will be ready and willing. The ‘Noles bench is the key to the squad advancing.
The SuperBook of Las Vegas has opened up their Sweet Sixteen props.
2018 College Basketball Regional Semifinals Sweet 16 Propositions