NCAA March Madness Elite 8 Preview

Last Updated on March 25, 2023 1:13 pm by Erwin Noguera

The Sweet 16 round of the NCAA March Madness has just wrapped up, so we just got all the teams that passed into the Elite 8 matches and who is facing who.

On Saturday, March 25th, and Sunday 26th, we will have 4 intense matches to enjoy as the teams fight to make it toward the semifinals, known as the Final Four.

With two matches each day, we are expecting an excellent display of Basketball this weekend, as it all keeps pushing forward into the exciting final match on Saturday, April 1st.

The Elite Eight earned their nickname for a reason, so we are expecting all the teams to give their best as they fight to get into the next round and closer to entering the Championship match. 

Let’s dive into more of the Madness with some picks.

NCAA March Madness Elite 8: Kansas State Wildcats vs. Florida Atlantic Owls


Saturday, March 25th at 4:09 PM ET at Madison Square Garden

Moneyline odds:

Kansas State Wildcats -126

Florida Atlantic Owls +104

Where can I watch it?

Florida Atlantic University doesn’t have a great player, just a lot of good ones. Giancarlo Rosado came off the bench to lead them with 15 points in a late win over Memphis; Johnell Davis went for 29 points in the win over FDU and Michael Forrest scored 11 points against Tennessee after not scoring in the first two games. 

Kansas State is on a charmed run, getting beaten on the defensive glass in every game while still prevailing. Additionally, they have had little bench participation all season but got 26 points from that unit in the overtime win over Michigan State. 

We like Kansas State here, but every casual better is going to back them because of Markquis Nowell’s heroics. As long as Nowell’s ankle is OK, Kansas should be taking the victory here.

Kansas State Wildcats vs. Florida Atlantic Owls Betting pick: Kansas State Wildcats

NCAA March Madness Elite 8: Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Connecticut Huskies


Saturday, March 25th at 6:49 PM ET at T-Mobile Arena

Moneyline odds:

Gonzaga Bulldogs +112

Connecticut Huskies -136

Where can I watch it?

Nobody has looked as good as the Huskies through three games, with victories by 24, 15, and 23. However, none of those teams had an offense that ranked in the Top 40 efficiency-wise. 

Meanwhile, Gonzaga has the best offense in the country. 

UConn is 15-0 in non-Big East games, but the two best offenses in the conference gave the Huskies fits this season. Xavier (seventh in offensive efficiency) went 2-0 against UConn; Marquette (sixth in offense) went 2-1. 

The matchup to watch is the unstoppable Drew Timme vs 6-foot-9, 245-pound Adama Sanogo. Timme is the Kevin McHale of college basketball — his low post moves are incredible — and Sanogo will have problems. 

Of course, Timme will have to work harder defensively, and if the Zags send a double at Sanogo, Jordan Hawkins will get open looks. 

The poor Gonzaga free throw shooting terrifies us, and they were just 9-of-17 against UCLA, so we are picking the UCon Team for this match.

Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Connecticut Huskies Betting pick: Connecticut Huskies

NCAA March Madness Elite 8: Creighton Bluejays vs. San Diego State Aztecs


Sunday, March 26th at 10:20 AM ET at KFC Yum! Center

Moneyline odds:

Creighton Bluejays -126

San Diego State Aztecs +104

Where can I watch it?

The betting line may continue moving Creighton’s way in the lead-up to Sunday. 

This team has the weapons to combat San Diego State’s defensive-minded unit that took down No. 1 overall seed Alabama thanks to a unique combination of guards, wings, and bigs that match up favorably against the Crimson Tide on paper. 

We are expecting them to get the victory on the Sunday morning match-up.

Creighton Bluejays vs. San Diego State Aztecs Betting pick: Creighton Bluejays

NCAA March Madness Elite 8: Texas Longhorns vs. Miami Hurricanes


Sunday, March 26th at 3:05 PM ET at Sprint Center

Moneyline odds:

Texas Longhorns -192

Miami Hurricanes +156

Where can I watch it?

NCAA Tournament hero Dylan Disu played only briefly this Friday vs. Xavier in the Sweet 16, and it mattered not as the Longhorns trounced the Musketeers. 

Miami, which beat No. 1 seed Houston on Friday, is likely to provide a little more resistance, but we’d still lean Longhorns here with the short number given their depth and experience.

Texas Longhorns vs. Miami Hurricanes Betting pick: Texas Longhorns

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