Daddy’s Hangout 2021 NCAA Elite 8 Predictions
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Daddy’s Hangout 2021 NCAA Elite 8 Predictions

Daddy’s Hangout 2021 NCAA Elite 8 Predictions

The wild ride of March Madness continued into the Sweet 16. My Sweet 16 picks garnered a 5-3 record, which isn’t bad at all seeing how this tournament has gone. Michigan beat Florida State to show why they are a legit contender to cut down the nets in the end. In the game of the weekend, UCLA pulled off the upset over Alabama in OT. My last defeat came when Houston manhandled Syracuse to advance to the Elite 8. Who will advance to the Final Four? Let’s see who leaves the Elite 8 victorious?

East Region Final

 

#1 Michigan vs. #11 UCLA

The top-ranked Wolverines dominated the Seminoles on both ends of the floor to advance. We all thought this team would suffer without having Isaiah Livers, but they did not miss a beat. The defense clamped down on the Seminoles while they were efficient on offense. The size of the Wolverines was pivotal in their win and will give the Bruins issues. UCLA used their speed and grittiness to upend the Tide. UCLA will need a near perfect game to beat the Wolverines. Michigan will not shoot 44% from the free throw line, which is atrocious. In the end, I’m picking Michigan to win and advance to the Final Four. Michigan Wins

 

West Region Final

 

#1 Gonzaga vs. #6 USC

Gonzaga has been the best team in the country the entire season. They remain undefeated and dominated Creighton to reach the Elite 8. The Zags scored at will against everyone whether it’s on the inside or outside. Gonzaga will not have that chance to dominate on the inside against USC because of Evan Mobley. Can they continue this historic run against USC and advance to the Final Four? USC dominated their fellow Pac-12 school in Oregon to advance to the Elite 8. USC is a good team, but they will need to step their game up to beat this Zags team. Evan Mobley is projected to be a top-2 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. He will need to be more assertive and dominate on both ends for them to win. This will not happen and I’m picking Gonzaga to advance to the Final Four. Gonzaga Wins

 

South Region Final

 

#1 Baylor vs. #3 Arkansas

This is the one matchup that was accurately predicted by me. Baylor used their speed and tough defense to beat a tough Villanova team. This was really the first time watching an entire game of the Bears and I came away impressed. Mitchell is a problem on both ends of the floor and that could hurt the guard play of the Hogs. Can the Baylor Bears continue their run into the Final Four? Arkansas barely advanced to the Elite 8 by getting by the 15th seed Oral Roberts. Arkansas will have their hands full with this Baylor team, but this will be closer than what many will pick. In the end, we will see Baylor advance to the Final Four. Baylor Wins

 

Midwest Region Final

 

#2 Houston vs. #12 Oregon State

We have the Houston Cougars meeting the Oregon State Beavers in the Elite 8. Houston defeated Syracuse handily as their defense was mind blowing. The Cougars have flown under the radar because teams like Michigan, Gonzaga, and Baylor. This Cougars team is every bit as good as those teams mentioned. Can they control this scrappy Beavers team to advance to the Final Four? Oregon State smothered Loyola Chicago with their speed and stout defense. Oregon State will play this Houston team hard, but I don’t think they have enough to beat them. Houston Wins

 

Final Four Matchups

Gonzaga vs. Michigan

Baylor vs. Houston

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