I will be honest. I have no idea what to expect heading into day 2 of the Elite 8. The only thing that I do know for certain is that two more teams will punch their tickets to the Final Four. That is the only thing we can be sure of the way that this tournament has gone thus far. This has to have been the most unpredictable March Madness of my lifetime and maybe ever.
So the first game of the day features a streaking Tennessee team versus the perennial titan Michigan State. Honestly surprised that both teams have gotten here, but this should be a great matchup. Tom Izzo may be the best coach in the country and Bruce Pearl is a very up and coming coach. Tennessee has great athleticism and really plays a deep rotation while Michigan State is reeling from injuries. The Vols have been knocking off the titans all year and this should not change on this day. I got Tennessee stamping a ticket to the Final Four and defeating a very tough Spartan squad. I would probably pick this game differently if Kalin Lucas was available to play.
The second game of the day features a very familiar face in the Duke Blue Devils taking on an extremely athletic Baylor Bears squad. Both of these teams can score with a fury even though they do it in different ways. This Duke team is the typical methodical and fundamentally sound Coach K led squad while Baylor loves to get out and run. Duke is looking for their 11th Final Four appearance under Coach K and first since 2004. 6 years is way to long for Duke to go without making a trip to the Final Four. I have Duke heading to Indy behind a great Scheyer/Singler performance. If Duke does struggle from 3 point range in this one though, look for Baylor to pull the upset.
Enjoy the games today. They should both be very competitive battles.
Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.