NCAA Bracket 2014: Full Schedule, Predictions and Odds for Sweet 16

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMarch 24, 2014

Louisville coach Rick Pitino yells at Louisville guard Russ Smith (2) during the second half in a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament against Saint Louis,  Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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If the 2014 NCAA tournament's round of 32 gave any inclination to what we should expect to see in the Sweet 16, we are certainly in for a treat. After seeing stunning down-to-the-wire finishes, upset wins and surging teams coming through in the clutch, the craziness of March Madness is at an all-time high.


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There are plenty of highly anticipated matchups on the horizon and not a moment of the action should be missed. Let's take a look at all of the need-to-know information as the Sweet 16 draws closer.


Sweet 16 Schedule

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 22:  Devin Oliver #5 of the Dayton Flyers reacts after defeating the Syracuse Orange 55-53 in the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 22, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by E
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2014 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Schedule
RegionMatchupTime (ET)TV Info
Thurs., March 27
SouthNo. 10 Stanford vs. No. 11 Dayton7:15 p.m.CBS
WestNo. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 6 Baylor7:47 p.m.TBS
SouthNo. 1 Florida vs. No. 4 UCLA9:45 p.m.CBS
WestNo. 1 Arizona vs. No. 4 San Diego State9:55 p.m.TBS
Fri., March 28
MidwestNo. 2 Michigan vs. No. 11 Tennessee7:15 p.m.CBS
EastNo. 3 Iowa State vs. No. 7 Connecticut7:47 p.m.TBS
MidwestNo. 4 Louisville vs. No. 8 Kentucky9:40 p.m.CBS
EastNo. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 Michigan State9:55 p.m.TBS

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Updated Odds

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 22:  Scottie Wilbekin #5 of the Florida Gators drives on Josh Newkirk #13 of the Pittsburgh Panthers in the second half during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Amway Center on March 22, 2014 in Orlando, F
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Updated 2014 NCAA Tournament Odds
Iowa State+2500
Michigan State+450
San Diego State+3800


Sweet 16 Predictions

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Many of these matchups are incredibly difficult to predict. After all, based on what we've already seen, anything can happen and more surprising and dramatic finishes should be expected.

While most picks look straightforward, there are a few upsets that look to be on the horizon.

Michigan State boasts a solid, well-rounded team. Offensively, it has been putting up points by the truckload, scoring 93 and 80 points in its two March Madness games, respectively. Defensively, the team remains solid, making it difficult for opponents to keep up.

On the other hand, Virginia is a more one-dimensional team. Despite putting up 73 points on a porous Memphis defense on Sunday, it's a rarity that the Cavaliers light up the scoreboard. Granted, their defense is the best in the country, but they will have to find ways to score on Michigan State if they want to earn a trip to the Elite Eight.

Louisville should be able to handle Kentucky. However, the Wildcats are growing up fast and are beginning to play with a great deal of maturity. Meanwhile, the Cardinals have been faltering.

The way these teams have looked recently, it could be expected to see an upset here. That won't be the case. Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has been here plenty of times before. His experience will carry this team through to the Elite Eight.

After all, according to a tweet from Adam Lefkoe of Bleacher Report, Pitino boasts a perfect Sweet 16 record:

That record will remain intact in 2014.

2014 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Predictions
RegionTeam 1Team 2Pick
SouthNo. 1 FloridaNo. 4 UCLAFlorida
SouthNo. 10 StanfordNo. 11 DaytonDayton
WestNo. 1 ArizonaNo. 4 San Diego StateArizona
WestNo. 2 WisconsinNo. 6 BaylorWisconsin
EastNo. 1 VirginiaNo. 4 Michigan StateMichigan State
EastNo. 3 Iowa StateNo. 7 ConnecticutIowa State
MidwestNo. 4 LouisvilleNo. 8 KentuckyLouisville
MidwestNo. 2 MichiganNo. 11 TennesseeMichigan
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