NCAA Bracket 2014: Updated Schedule, Picks 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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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

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 State10:17 p.m.TBS
Fri., March 28
MidwestNo. 2 Michigan vs. No. 11 Tennessee7:15 p.m.CBS
EastNo. 3 Iowa State vs. No. 7 Connecticut7:27 p.m.TBS
MidwestNo. 4 Louisville vs. No. 8 Kentucky9:45 p.m.CBS
EastNo. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 Michigan State9:57 p.m.TBS
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All of the Sweet 16 action can be live streamed on NCAA.com.

 

Updated Odds

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 22:  Patric Young #4 of the Florida Gators dunks the ball in the second half while taking on the Pittsburgh Panthers during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Amway Center on March 22, 2014 in Orlando, Flor
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Updated 2014 NCAA Tournament Odds
TeamOdds
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

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 23:  DeAndre Kane #50, Monte Morris #11 and Daniel Edozie #42 of the Iowa State Cyclones celebrate after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 85-83 in the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the AT&T Cente
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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
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.