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Elite 8 Schedule: Underdogs Will Reign in Saturday's Action

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 22:  Kenny Boynton #1 of the Florida Gators reacts in the second half while taking on the Marquette Golden Eagles during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball West Regional Semifinal game at US Airways Center on March 22, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Michael DixonAnalyst IIIMarch 23, 2012

By the time Saturday's action is over, people are going to be wondering just how the seedings came out the way they did.

Whether it's the upset-filled West region or the chalk East region, the lower seeded team is going to win the regional final and advance to the Final Four.

Let's see how that will happen.

 

Game 1: West Regional Final, No. 7 Florida vs. No. 4 Louisville

It is hard to find a team as impressive as Florida has been throughout this tournament. They are winning and winning in different ways each game, and that's going to take them to the Final Four. 

The Gators are loaded with strong guards, which is a recipe for success in the NCAA tournament. Kenny Boynton, Bradley Beal, Erving Walker, Erik Murphy and Patric Young are all double-digit scorers, which is another thing that works extremely well in the tournament. 

Ultimately, this team moves the ball around too well and shoots too well from the outside. That would be a problem, but there are too many strong players on the Gators for that to work. You can't shut down that much speed and outside shooting.

Eventually, the Gators will tire Louisville out and pull away at the end of the game.

Prediction: Florida 77, Louisville 70 


Game 2: East Regional Final, No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 1 Syracuse

I haven't figured out how Syracuse will answer Jared Sullinger, Deshaun Thomas and William Buford. Quite frankly, this was true before Fab Melo's ineligibility, but it's certainly applicable now. 

Sullinger is too much of an inside presence for the Orange to answer. They can focus on putting extra attention on the big man. However, especially without Melo, the other players will then be too much for Syracuse to overcome. 

Look for this game to be similar to Ohio State's win over Cincinnati. It will certainly be a good game, but Ohio State's depth in scoring will ultimately be too much for Syracuse. 

Prediction: Ohio State 68, Syracuse 62


Saturday, March 24

Region    Teams Time (EST)   TV    
West No. 7 Florida vs. No. 4 Louisville   4:30 p.m. CBS   
East No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 1 Syracuse   7:05 p.m. CBS

Sunday, March 25

Game Teams Time (EST)  TV
Game 1   TBD vs. TBD    2:10 p.m.  CBS  
Game 2 TBD vs. TBD 4:55 p.m. CBS

 

Click here for your up-to-date NCAA Tournament Bracket, via NCAA.com.


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