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The NCAA tournament is moving as we gear up for the Sweet Sixteen. If you were looking for more March Madness this year, we’ve had plenty of it, including No. 15 Princeton, still in the hunt as they take on No. 6 Creighton.
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With eight games to be played in the Sweet Sixteen, we’ll take a closer look at these three contests:
Creighton vs Princeton
Alabama vs San Diego State
Tennessee vs. Florida Atlantic
After downing Arizona and then Missouri, Princeton now takes on a Creighton team that’s one of the better offenses in the country.
The Bluejays scored 85 in a nine-point win over Baylor, and Princeton dropped 78 on Missouri, one of the worst defenses in college basketball.
A few players lead Creighton, but against Baylor, guard Ryan Nembhard dropped 30 on the Bears. At the same time, the ever-reliable Ryan Kalkbrenner scored 10 and brought in seven rebounds.
Behind Nembhard was Trey Alexander, who stuffed the state sheet with 17 points, five assists, and eight rebounds.
For the Tigers, Ryan Langborg played well again, scoring 22 points and adding four assists and six rebounds.
Princeton will have their hands full against Creighton, who allow just 93.3 points per 100 possessions. KenPom’s No. 12 team, Creighton, isn’t that great at defending three-point shots (189th; 33.9%). That said, Princeton is 184th in three-point percentage at just 33.94%.
Princeton has had a great run thus far, but Creighton has an excellent offense. Their defense is also one of the best, with Kalkbrenner down low.
Prediction: Creighton wins 84-75
You will always be a tough team to take down whenever you have the best player in the country, Brandon Miller.
Alabama is one of the top offenses (116.2 points per 100 possessions) and defenses (allowing 88.1 points per 100 possessions).
However, they’ll take on an SDSU squad that isn’t too far behind, scoring 111.1 per 100 possessions and allowing 90.7 per 100 possessions.
One thing that won’t show up in the stat sheets is the experience and age of SDSU, with seven seniors and two juniors.
Still, SDSU lacks that explosiveness that Alabama has, scoring less than 10 points per game on fast breaks and averaging just 72 possession per game to Alabama’s 76.2.
This will be a scrappy matchup for Alabama who ultimately squeaks by.
Prediction: Alabama wins 68-65
Florida Atlantic has had an interesting run so far. They beat No. 8 Memphis and then got to face off against No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson after they shocked the world, beating No. 1 Purdue.
However, Tennessee is not a great team to face in this tournament.
As a No. 4 seed in the tournament, Tennessee ranks 6th in the KenPom rankings. They’re No. 1 in defensive efficiency in those same rankings, allowing just 87 points per 100 possessions. Offensively, they’re up at 111.7 per 100 possessions.
Florida Atlantic is respectable at 95.7 and 113.9 in those categories, respectively. Still, it’s not enough against a defense allowing a measly 57.8 points per game.
Tennessee is dangerous.
Prediction: Tennessee wins 69-59
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After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Journalism, Richard Janvrin has been covering iGaming and sports betting since December 2018. Richard has covered betting at Bleacher Report, Gambling.com, The Game Day, Forbes, and more.More info on Richard Janvrin
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