There are some really cool Matchups to watch this weekend this is my ranking of which ones I think will be the best!
1. Kentucky vs. Louisville
Rivalry? Check. Preseason #1 vs. Defending Champ? Check. Veterans vs. Hyped Up Freshmen? Check. Get ready for a barnburner classic right here ladies and gents.
2. Baylor vs. Wisconsin
There may not be a hotter team than Baylor right now, their defense held down a prolific scorer in Doug McDermott to well below his average last game and most of those points were in garbage time anyways. Wisconsin is known for being a disciplined team and they'll have to be to survive the Bears and halt their streak.
3. Virginia vs. Michigan St.
MSU was a popular champ pick in peoples' brackets, and now they have finally arrived in their first game where they are the underdog and will have to live up to the hype. Gary Harris and company will have their hands full with the #1 defense in the nation against the Cavaliers. You won't wanna miss this one folks!
4. Dayton vs. Stanford
Whoever wins this will be a big Cinderella story. Not often do double digit seeds reach the Elite Eight, but we have a guarantee here and you won't wanna miss your rare shot to watch two Cinderella's tango with each other in this game.
5. Florida vs. UCLA
Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams will have to have possibly their biggest games of the year to survive this, but Florida's defense and clutch play by Scottie Wilbekin will be hard to match no matter what. Can't promise a close game here.
6. Michigan vs. Tennessee
Another hot team on a roll playing a tough 2 seed. Difference is Michigan isn't nearly as disciplined as Wisconsin, but plays with a much more loose free flowing style that has resulted in a high pace prolific offense that is very hard to stop, but also a very vulnerable defense that the Vols just might be able to exploit. If the Vols can't attack the boards early with Stokes and slow down that Wolverine offense it could be over quickly though.
7. Arizona vs. San Diego St.
Thames will need to be an absolute monster for the Aztecs in this to keep it close. If he doesn't I just don't see his surrounding cast being able to keep this thing close.
8. Iowa St. vs. UCONN
The Cyclones might be missing Niang, but with Kane and Ejim still leading the way, Iowa State will have a fighting chance against Shabazz Napier and company. Both teams have big time players, and I see this being a close high scoring game, but I just don't see any juicy story lines here. No 1 seeds or Cinderella stories here at stake. But with any Sweet 16 matchup, still worth a watch for pure basketball purposes.