Elite 8: Predictions for Every Matchup and the Game's MVP

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Elite 8: Predictions for Every Matchup and the Game's MVP
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The NCAA tournament is coming slowly to an end with only eight teams left of the 68 that first made it. Since the tip of the inaugural First Four back on March 15, we have seen our share of upsets, blowouts, superstars and amazing games, and everything points to more of the same this weekend.

This Saturday begins the Elite 8 with legendary programs like the Connecticut Huskies, Kentucky Wildcats, North Carolina Tarheels, Arizona Wildcats, Kansas Jayhawks and Florida Gators all competing for coveted spots to the Final Four. Then, there are the two teams that weren't even supposed to make it this far, the VCU Rams, and last year's Cinderella, the Butler Bulldogs, that add to the intrigue.

All of these teams have proven themselves to be the cream of the crop and will no doubt be part of some memorable games this weekend. For some, this will be the last game of the year complete with the stinging finality of unrealized potential, while a win for others, such as the VCU Rams, could be an absolute program game-changer. 

The stage is set, and here are my predictions for every game, along with who should be each game's MVP. 

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