Sweet Sixteen expert picks for the 2014 NCAA Tournament are here. The guys at CBS and Joe Lunardi of ESPN have their Sweet Sixteen expert picks posted, with the fourth round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament set to get started on Thursday (March 27). An updated report from CBS Sports on Wednesday (March 26) has the breakdown of all eight games taking place during the fourth round. Some fans might be surprised with how the predictions are landing.
First there are the unanimous games, where all the analysts agree on what is going to take place. In the Florida vs. UCLA game, the prediction is that the Gators will win that match-up. It is equally one-sided in the Arizona vs. San Diego State game, with the analysts all siding with the Wildcats. The next prediction is going to make fans of ACC-champion Virginia frustrated, as none of the analysts are predicting they will win that next game. CBS and ESPN have the Michigan State Spartans knocking off the No. 1 seed and advancing further in the tournament. Lunardi also has MSU as one of his Final Four teams.
As for the rest of the 2014 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen expert picks, the fourth one that is unanimous is in the Iowa State vs. Connecticut game. The prediction is that the Cyclones will be heading to the Elite Eight and a date with Michigan State. That's where the run comes to an end if the analysts have predicted it all correctly, though, as they all side with the Spartans from that point.
When it comes to the debated games, the analysts at CBS have split down the middle for the other four games. Kentucky vs. Louisville, Michigan vs. Tennessee, Stanford vs. Dayton, and Wisconsin vs. Baylor have the panel of Gary Parrish, Doug Gottlleb, Matt Norlander, and Jeff Borzello befuddled. Using Joe Lunardi of ESPN as the tie-breaker in those predictions would result in choices of the Louisville Cardinals and Michigan Wolverines advancing. As for the other two games, those predictions fall in favor of the Wisconsin Badgers and Stanford Cardinal.
Elite Eight Match-Ups Based On Picks:
Florida vs. Stanford
Arizona vs. Wisconsin
Michigan State vs. Iowa State
Louisville vs. Michigan