NCAA Basketball Elite Eight : Read Our Top Picks Against the Spread

03 / 29 / 2021 By Ally Mielnicki

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Wow. What a year! Props to anyone who had No. 11 UCLA and No. 12 Oregon State in their Elite 8 with the exception of those who went to those schools. Three No. 1 seeds remain (Gonzaga, Baylor & Michigan), one No. 2 (Houston), one No. 3 (Arkansas) followed by No. 6 USC to round out the eight teams still dancing.

This tournament has been nothing short of upsets and I expect at least one No. 1 seed to get knocked out of the tournament and fail to reach the Elite Eight.

Here are my best bets for all four games:

Houston (-8) over Oregon State

The Beavers have had a stellar run winning 8 out of their last 9 games despite being the underdog in all of them, but their Cinderella story will end here against a stellar Cougar defense that ranks second in the nation in points allowed. Look for a low-scoring affair and for Houston to hold the Beavers at bay. Lay the points.

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Arkansas (+8) over Baylor

In my original bracket, this is the exact matchup I had in the South Region and I am going to stick with my pick that Arkansas pulls the upset, but take the points just in case. Baylor cruised to a double digit victory against an overseeded Villanova squad on Saturday, but this will be the toughest test of the tournament for the Bears. The Razorbacks average over 80 points per game on an offense that features freshman guard Moses Moody who averages 17 points per contest. This game will definitely be a high-scoring affair, but I think Arkansas will keep it close if not win outright. Take the points.

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Gonzaga (-9) over USC

It wasn’t just the upset that stunned the country when the Trojans knocked off the Jayhawks in the second round of the tournament, but by the 44 point margin. However, now USC has to take on the best team in the country in the Bulldogs. In the first three games of the tourney, Gonzaga has won by an average of 25.7 points. The Mobley brothers remain a dangerous duo for the Trojans, but I think Gonzaga’s star-powered front five will cruise easily into the Final Four. 

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UCLA (+7) over Michigan

To think UCLA had to play an extra game in the First Four just to make it into the Round of 64. Like Oregon State, they have been a pleasant surprise after knocking off No. 2 Alabama – a team that was one of the best in the country – in overtime on Sunday. Michigan is going to be their greatest competition thus far, but this team has all the momentum going for them to at least keep in close. I think the Bruins fall short of the victory but at least cover the spread.

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