Sweet 16 2013: Bracket, Predictions, Odds and More

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Sweet 16 2013: Bracket, Predictions, Odds and More
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After a wild week, the 2013 NCAA tournament field has been narrowed significantly, and only the Sweet 16 remain.

It’s been a truly epic March Madness, complete with a No. 15 seed (Florida Gulf Coast) advancing into the fourth round for the first time in history, a First Four team threatening to make the Elite Eight (La Salle) and a No. 1 seed eliminated in the first weekend (Gonzaga).

Things should only get more exciting over the next week, as the cream of the crop programs get set to battle for the right to represent their respective regions in the Final Four.

Lets take a look at when and where you can catch all the action, check out an updated bracket, take a peek at the latest point spread for each contest and make some bold predictions on how the Sweet 16 will shake out.

 

Bracket

An updated printable bracket is available here, while a live bracket is available to follow along with here.

 

Schedule and Odds

*All times ET, Odds via VegasInsider.

Matchup

Date

Start Time

TV

Odds 

(3) Marquette vs. (2) Miami (FL)

Thursday, Mar. 28

7:15 p.m.

CBS

Miami -5.5

(6) Arizona vs. (2) Ohio State

Thursday, Mar. 28

7:47 p.m.

TBS

Ohio State -4

(4) Syracuse vs. (1) Indiana

Thursday, Mar. 28 

9:45 p.m.

CBS

Indiana -5.5

(13) La Salle vs. (9) Wichita State

Thursday, Mar. 28 

10:17 p.m.

TBS

Wichita St. -4

(12) Oregon vs. (1) Louisville

Friday, Mar. 29

7:15 p.m.

CBS

Louisville -10

(4) Michigan vs. (1) Kansas

Friday, Mar. 29 

7:37 p.m.

TBS

Michigan -2

(3) Michigan State vs. (2) Duke

Friday, Mar. 29 

9:45 p.m.

CBS

Duke -1.5

(15) Florida Gulf Coast vs. (3) Florida

Friday, Mar. 29 

10:07 p.m.

TBS

Florida -13

 

Predictions

Michigan Knocks Out Kansas

Kansas vs Michigan: Sweet 16 Preview
The Wolverines have been one of the most dominant teams in this tourney, beating two reputable opponents (South Dakota State and VCU) by a combined 40 points.

Because of these recent performances, Michigan looks to have what it takes to knock the inconsistent Jayhawks out of the Big Dance.

Considering Kansas struggled to beat Western Kentucky, a No. 16 seed, and needed a huge second-half surge to overcome No. 8 UNC to survive the first weekend, they look ripe for a loss.

It wouldn’t even be an upset in Vegas’ eyes, as the Wolverines are favored going into this Friday night matchup.

As long as Glenn Robinson III, Tim Hardway Jr., Mitch McGary and Trey Burke keep up their high level of play, they are going to be one of the toughest squads to oust from the tournament.

 

Wichita State Advances to Elite Eight

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Wichita State came into March Madness as an under-the-radar program that quickly put itself on the map after destroying a good Pittsburgh team and then foiling Gonzaga’s hopes of winning a title in 2013.

This pair of victories has the Shockers primed for an Elite Eight appearance, but first they must get past the feisty La Salle Explorers.

While seeding generally doesn’t matter at this point of the Dance, Wichita State has cut its teeth against a No. 9 and No. 1 seed, making La Salle a rather “easy” matchup in comparison.

Obviously the Explorers cannot be overlooked, but as long as the Shockers continue making their three-pointers, working hard on the glass and moving the ball, they should be moving on to the next round.

 

Florida Gulf Coast Continues Epic Run

There hasn’t been a Cinderella story this magical since 11-seeded George Mason ran to the Final Four back in 2006.

The Eagles have captured the hearts and minds of college basketball fans and casual NCAA tournament observers everywhere, utilizing a run-and-gun, highlight-reel-friendly style of play to knock out No. 2 Georgetown and No. 7 San Diego State to make a Sweet 16 appearance.

Next up is No. 3 Florida, a team many believe has the chops to win the national title. However, if there is anything we learned about FGCU over the past week, it’s that they should not be underestimated.

These Eagles have the heart, personnel, coaching staff and desire to make history, and they look primed to shock the world by making a run to the Elite Eight after eliminating Florida on Friday night.

 

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