NCAA Bracket 2014: Updated Schedule, Picks and Odds for Sweet 16

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NCAA Bracket 2014: Updated Schedule, Picks and Odds for Sweet 16
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It's come down to this. Only 16 teams remain standing in the 2014 NCAA tournament. One top seed has already been bounced and only two No. 2 teams survived the early action. If the round of 32 gave any inclination to what we can expect to see in the Sweet 16, we are in for a treat.

If your March Madness bracket hasn't been busted yet, give yourself a pat on the back. After all of the upsets that we've seen so far, this tournament continues to mystify even the wisest of college hoops gurus.

 

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Before the Sweet 16 gets under way on Thursday, let's take a look at the updated schedule and odds for each team. We'll follow that up by predicting the outcome of each highly anticipated contest.

 

Sweet 16 Schedule

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2014 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Schedule
Region Matchup Time (ET) TV Info
Thurs., March 27
South No. 10 Stanford vs. No. 11 Dayton 7:15 p.m. CBS
West No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 6 Baylor 7:47 p.m. TBS
South No. 1 Florida vs. No. 4 UCLA 9:45 p.m. CBS
West No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 4 San Diego State 10:17 p.m. TBS
Fri., March 28
Midwest No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 11 Tennessee 7:15 p.m. CBS
East No. 3 Iowa State vs. No. 7 Connecticut 7:27 p.m. TBS
Midwest No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 8 Kentucky 9:45 p.m. CBS
East No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 Michigan State 9:57 p.m. TBS

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All of the Sweet 16 action can be live streamed on NCAA.com.

 

Updated Odds

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Updated 2014 NCAA Tournament Odds
Team Odds
Arizona +450
Baylor +2000
Connecticut +2800
Dayton +8500
Florida +350
Iowa State +2500
Kentucky +2000
Louisville +350
Michigan +1600
Michigan State +450
San Diego State +3800
Stanford +6500
Tennessee +3000
UCLA +2500
Virginia +1000
Wisconsin +1600

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Predictions

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2014 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Predictions
Region Team 1 Team 2 Pick
South No. 1 Florida No. 4 UCLA Florida
South No. 10 Stanford No. 11 Dayton Dayton
West No. 1 Arizona No. 4 San Diego State Arizona
West No. 2 Wisconsin No. 6 Baylor Wisconsin
East No. 1 Virginia No. 4 Michigan State Michigan State
East No. 3 Iowa State No. 7 Connecticut Iowa State
Midwest No. 4 Louisville No. 8 Kentucky Louisville
Midwest No. 2 Michigan No. 11 Tennessee Michigan

Sean O'Donnell's Predictions

Two No. 1 teams will continue to roll right into the Elite Eight; however, the Virginia Cavaliers may have a difficult time with a surging Michigan State team.

Yes, the Cavaliers looked great on Sunday, defeating Memphis by a score of 78-60. Although, that offensive output is not typical of this team. Memphis' defense was absolutely porous on Sunday, and the Cavaliers caught fire during the game.

The Spartans, on the other hand, are one of the most well-rounded teams in the tournament. The offense has been lighting up scoreboards, scoring 93 and 80 points in the team's first two games, respectively.

Defensively, Michigan State is stout enough to make it difficult for lesser offenses to keep up the pace.

This contest should be a close one; however, if Virginia can't keep up its hot hand on the offensive end, an upset could be in the making here.

Possibly the most intriguing game is No. 4 Louisville against No. 8 Kentucky.

The Wildcats looked great on Sunday, defeating No. 1 Wichita State 78-76 in a thrilling game. Kentucky is growing up fast as a team and is looking stronger with each passing contest.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals have been struggling. Rick Pitino's squad did not look sharp against Saint Louis. In a sloppy game, Louisville turned the ball over 19 times and allowed Memphis to record nine steals. The team will have to get it together to compete with the resurgent Wildcats.

One thing that the Cardinals have going for them is the fact that they have one of the most experienced head coaches in the nation. Pitino has been stellar in Sweet 16 play and will certainly put his team in a position to succeed.

According to ESPN Stats and Info's Twitter account, Pitino is undefeated in this round of the NCAA tournament:

That certainly bodes well for the Cardinals.

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