The Sweet and Sour of the Sweet 16|Fantasy College Basketball Start/Sit

CoachKIzzoThe Sweet 16 is set and many brackets have been busted. I will highlight all the Sweet 16 match-ups and give you some of my predictions as well as who you should start/sit in Fantasy College Basketball.

Louisville vs. Oregon

What to Watch For

There is no doubt that Louisville is a more talented team all around, led by their back court of Peyton Siva and Russ Smith. Both Siva and Smith will have to continue their stellar play to advance the Cardinals. Oregon is led by freshman Damyean Dotson who has lit it up thus far in the tournament. The freshman has averaged 20 PPG which is 9 points above his season average. Oregon’s success or failure might come down to him.

Prediction

I don’t think Oregon has enough fire power on the offensive end to keep up with Louisville. I like Louisville to advance to the Elite 8.

Duke vs. Michigan State

Everybody enjoys the underdog match-ups in the NCAA tournament, but Duke and Michigan State will meet in a match-up of traditional powers. The court will be filled with excellent players and the sidelines will include two hall of fame coaches in Mike Krzyzewski and Tom Izzo.

What to Watch For

Duke has a premier shooter in Seth Curry and a strong inside presence in Mason Plumlee. With this being said, I believe the key for Duke is Ryan Kelly. Kelly has struggled thus far in the tournament, but he is a stretch “4″ player that poses match-up nightmares for defenders. For the Spartans, Derrick Nix needs to play big underneath the hole. He has to clean up the glass and force difficult shots when Duke comes into the paint.

Prediction

I believe this game will come down to second chance points which favors Duke, and for that reason I’m going with the Blue Devils.

LaSalle vs. Wichita State

A pair of Cinderellas will meet in the Sweet 16 in the West Region. The LaSalle Explorers and Wichita State Shockers will play for a birth in the Elite 8. LaSalle had to play an extra game to get here, but both teams have pulled off upsets to be put in this position.

What to Watch For

LaSalle is led by Ramon Golloway who has made a name for himself in the tournament. Galloway is a strong athlete that will try to push the tempo against the Shockers. Wichita State is also an athletic team that poses a physical presence. It will be interesting to see how their physical type of play is matched up against LaSalle’s more finesse game.

Prediction

I like Wichita State and their physical type of play to get past LaSalle.

Ohio State vs. Arizona

Arizona has defeated Belmont and Harvard while the Buckeyes have taken care of Iona and Iowa State to get here. Arizona will have to continue their hot shooting streak if they want to take down Ohio State.

What to Watch For

Mark Lyons and Aaron Craft will be going head-to-head in the back court. I believe whoever gets the best of this match-up will ultimately lead their team to victory.

Prediction

Aaron Craft and DeShaun Thomas will be too much for Arizona to handle and the Buckeyes will march on to the Elite 8.

Kansas vs. Michigan

Kansas vs. Michigan is another heavyweight match-up. The Jayhawks are coming off a pretty dominant performance over North Carolina and Michigan is coming off an impressive win against Virginia Commonwealth.

What to Watch For

Kansas will need freshman Ben McLemore to play to his potential if they have any chance of taking Michigan down. On the other hand, Big Ten Player of the Year Trey Burke will lead Michigan. Jeff Withey will have to keep Burke and Hardaway Jr. out of the lane.

Prediction

I like Michigan to advance over Kansas because of their back court play.

Florida Gulf Coast University vs. Florida

The battle of Florida is usually between Florida State and Florida, but FGCU wants a say in that. The Cinderella 15 seed is coming off wins over Georgetown and San Diego State. Florida has been dominant in their two victories over Northwestern State and Minnesota.

What to Watch For

Erik Murphy has to stay out of foul trouble for the Gators because he is vital to the Gators offense. They shoot the three ball as a team at .383% which led the SEC this season. FGCU will need another prime-time performance from Sherwood Brown if they are going to take down the Gators.

Prediction

I believe the Cinderella story will finally end and the Gators will advance to the Elite 8.

Indiana vs. Syracuse

The Hoosiers are coming off a toughly fought game against Temple where they overcame a 31 point performance from Khalif Wyatt. Syracuse will look to continue their momentum coming off a win against California.

What to Watch For

Victor Oladipo will have to be aggressive the entire game and get some help from the back court of Jordan Hulls and Yogi Ferrell. The Orange will look to their back court of Michael Carter-Williams and Brandon Triche to advance them to the Elite 8.

Prediction

I like Indiana’s balanced scoring attack to defeat Syracuse. They hit the three point shot at a high rate and have a good inside presence with Cody Zeller.

Miami vs. Marquette

Marquette has had two tense games thus far and will face another one against Miami. The Hurricanes edged Illinois in their second round game by a score of 63-59.

What to Watch For

Vander Blue will have to carry the load for Marquette and Shane Larkin will have to do the same for Miami. Also, watch for Kenny Kadji of Miami to have a big impact on the game because of his versatility.

Prediction

I like Miami’s back court in Larkin and Durand Scott to will the Hurricanes to victory.

If you play daily fantasy games below, I have listed a few start and sits based off of Fantazzle’s Salary Cap games.  If you’re looking for players, these players are worth the value based off of their salary that Fantazzle has set for them.

Start

(F) Erik Murphy-Florida-$17,550

Murphy is a stretch “4″ that can score in a lot of different ways and pose a tough cover for FGCU.

(F) Kenny Kadji-Miami-$20,850

Kadji is a play-maker and works well off ball screens with Larkin.

(C) Kaleb Tarczewski-Arizona-$13,200

Tarczewski will match-up well with Ohio State’s front line.

Sit

(C) Amir Williams-Ohio State-$5,000

Williams has not played much in the tournament and has not produced when he’s been in.

(G) Mark Lyons-Arizona-$13,650

I look for Craft to completely shut down Lyons.

(G) Brandon Triche-Syracuse-$13,350

Triche will most likely draw Oladipo who is a shutdown defender.

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