"The Stack" 3-25-16

Buddy Hield recorded his first double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds as Oklahoma got by Texas A&M 77-63. They will play Oregon, 82-68 winners over Duke. Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Buddy Hield recorded his first double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds as Oklahoma got by Texas A&M 77-63. They will play Oregon, 82-68 winners over Duke.
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Villanova is shooting the ball at an incredible percentage right now. They thoroughly destroyed Miami (FL) last night 92-69 setting up a tremendous matchup with Kansas, winners over Maryland last night in Louisville.
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The Stack is back on this Friday and no, we are not going to be talking about RGIII to the Cleveland Browns even though that is an interesting career decision for him given all that Cleveland has done this offseason in free agency and all the talent they have lost.  Plus they may be drafting quarterback Carson Wentz from North Dakota State number two overall.  Wentz put on an absolute show at his pro day yesterday.  He was phenomenal.  We will get into that more next week, but know this…Wentz did nothing to damage his stock yesterday.  If anything he increased it a ton.  Now let’s get right to “the stack” for today, Friday, March 25th:


Thursday night reaction


A lot of people thought Angel Rodriguez and Miami(FL) would beat Villanova, but Nova was too much in the Wildcats’ 92-69 rout of the Hurricanes.  Kris Jenkins and Ryan Arcidiacono were too much, scoring 21 points each.  Actually for Miami, Sheldon McClellan was the leading scorer with 26 points.  Rodriguez really couldn’t do that much.  This is a different Villanova team.  They’ll take on Kansas who was able to pull away from Maryland for the 79-63 victory.  Kansas’ balanced approach was able to take advantage of Maryland’s multiple scoring droughts in this game and they took care of business.  So it’s Kansas-Villanova in the South.


The West Region didn’t have much close action either.  Oklahoma routed Texas A&M 77-63.  No epic comeback for the Aggies in this one.  Buddy Hield had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.  They will take on Oregon who pulled away from Duke for an 82-68 victory.  Points a plenty in that matchup.  Duke’s defense, or lack thereof, was no match for Oregon.  Should be a fun matchup on Saturday.


Sweet 16 preview


#4 Iowa State vs #1 Virginia 7:10 PM ET CBS Chicago, IL (Midwest Region)


Iowa State, I’ll admit, they’ve surprised me.  Unlike last year, they are not letting teams stick around, they are punching them in the mouths.  They score at a great pace, but against Virginia’s defense it isn’t going to be easy.  Virginia will slow the game down considerably, but they have players who can put the ball in the hoop like Malcolm Brogden.  This team scores better than last year’s team.  Against better judgement, I will take the upset in this one.


Pick: Iowa State


#7 Wisconsin vs. #6 Notre Dame 7:27 PM ET TBS Philadelphia, PA (East Region)


Not too many people I don’t think saw this matchup coming.  Wisconsin is not a pretty team to watch.  Played arguably the worst game of the tournament in round one against Pittsburgh and scrapped and clawed their way to a walk-off win against Xavier in round two.  Notre Dame, thanks to a tip-in is in the Sweet 16 and they seem to have more talent in this one.  I think the Fighting Irish are Elite Eight bound, regardless if the Golic family is in attendance or not.


Pick: Notre Dame


#11 Gonzaga vs. #10 Syracuse 8:40 PM ET CBS Chicago, IL (Midwest Region)


If you say you saw this matchup coming, you’re either lying or know nothing about college basketball and just got super lucky.  Syracuse’s 2-3 zone is tough, but Gonzaga’s nice offensive balance should be able to attack and they will get by the Orange.  Syracuse has rebounded well in this tournament, better than what we have seen this season, but they aren’t winning this game.


Pick: Gonzaga


#5 Indiana vs. #1 UNC 9:57 PM ET TBS Philadelphia, PA (East Region)


We were robbed of a Kentucky-UNC matchup, but Yogi Ferrell and Indiana against UNC is pretty good too.  UNC’s size inside will be too much for Indiana to overcome unless the Hoosiers shoot lights out from beyond the arc.  I don’t see that happening.  North Carolina advances.


Pick: UNC


Coming up Monday: Elite Eight reaction plus other top sports stories from the weekend