Skip to main content

See also:

NCAA tournament expert picks: Third round picks out for 2014 NCAA Tournament

Could Villanova get upset in the third round of the NCAA tournament?
Could Villanova get upset in the third round of the NCAA tournament?
Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

NCAA tournament expert picks are in for third-round action on Saturday (March 22). There are eight games within these 2014 NCAA tournament expert picks as the schools prepare for Day 5 of action. Six of the eight games have unanimous predictions coming from CBS Sports according to a report from early Saturday. If everything goes according to plan, that might actually lead to a relatively unexciting day of college basketball. Nobody should ask Duke about how things can go wrong quite quickly when the pressure is on though.

The first three games of the third-round have Florida over Pittsburgh, Louisville over St. Louis, and Michigan over Texas. As the three winners have been predicted by many analysts as contenders to make the 2014 Final Four, the predictions in these games are really that surprising. It's in the fourth game of the day where the predictions actually start getting more interesting. That game is No. 4 San Diego State vs. No. 12 North Dakota State and CBS analyst Doug Gottlieb feels that the Bison are going to pull off another upset. They beat No. 5 Oklahoma 80-75 in a second-round game in the West Region.

In the next three 2014 NCAA Tournament expert picks from March 22, the CBS analysts are unanimous in predicting Syracuse over Dayton, Wisconsin over Oregon, and Michigan State over Harvard. Dayton upset Ohio State in the second round to advance and Harvard upset Cincinnati in their bracket. The Oregon vs. Wisconsin game could be very interesting because it pits one of the highest-scoring teams (Ducks) against a team that prides itself on slowing the ball down (Badgers).

The final game on March 22 is Villanova vs. Connecticut, with the analysts split evenly on how this game will turn out. A fan poll on CBS has 73 percent favoring the Wildcats over the Huskies, so this is an intriguing match-up to say the least. Villanova is the No. 2 team in the East Region and Connecticut is the No. 7. Both had nice second round wins and have been playing well recently.