In the Southern region we have a pair of very intriguing matchups. I will first start by assessing the Duke vs. Utah game. We already know what the Duke Blue Devils have to offer. Jahlil Okafor will man the middle. Coming off a very offensively productive game where he scored 26 points on 12-16 shooting, sprinkling 6 boards and 3 blocks. There other top gunner, Justise Winslow wasn’t too shabby himself scoring 16 points to go with 11 boards 4 steals and 3 blocks. This as a very well rounded game from the freshman.
They will be squaring off against the Utah Utes. A 5 seed that is coming off a semi surprising win against the Georgetown Hoyas. It has been a full decade since the Utes have made it to the Sweet Sixteen. There backcourt which is comprised of Delon Wright and Brandon Taylor both had 12 and 14 respectively in the match. I believe those two will need special games to go along with a strong strategic game by the frontcourt if they want to pull off the upset.
Next up will be the UCL A Bruins vs. the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The Bruins coming off a strong balanced offensive game, handled there business by beating the UAB Blazers 92-75. The Blazers coming off an upset win of the Iowa State Cyclones were playing with house money. A valiant effort by the Blazers but at the end came up short at the hands of the more talented bruins.
Gonzaga won’t have such problems with the Bruins. They are actually the favorite in the game. The Zags come into the tournament a number two seed, so they are looking to advance, and anything less than Elite Eight appearance would be considered a letdown. The zags don’t have a heavily touted prospect being monitored but they all know what’s at take and believe they are ready to make that next step.
At the moment Price per head agents will have the Duke Blue Devils pegged as a 5 point favorite and that match will be on Friday the 27th at approximately at 9:45 pm. While the other matchup which consists of the Bruins vs. the Zags are set up as the Zags favorite by 8.5 points and that matchup will start on Friday as well at approximately 7:15 pm. Live Betting service will most likely be available for these games. Game on!