Elite Eight – Duke vs. Louisville Free Pick: The Midwest Region was always looked upon as one of the most stacked groupings of teams that we have ever seen in one bracket. When the dust settled though, this was the only bracket where both the No. 1 and the No. 2 team survived. Now, we have an epic clash of college basketball titans on our hands in Indianapolis, where the Louisville Cardinals are going to try to exact some revenge on the Duke Blue Devils for a loss in the Bahamas suffered early in the season. The oddsmakers are picking the Cardinals to get the job done, as they are favored by 3 ½-points to move on to the Final Four.

That game we are alluding to was a brilliant preseason clash between two of the giants of the sport. Louisville came up on the short end of the stick, losing by five. Many think that the Cardinals are going to get back on track in this one, knowing that Gorgui Dieng wasn’t a part of the proceedings in that game. However, for as great as we think this Louisville team is, we also think that the Oregon Ducks laid the foundation for how Duke can beat the No. 1 overall seed in this tournament. The Blue Devils are going to try to run up and down the floor and go right to the bucket, either for easy shots, kick outs, or free throws. We saw the team do this oh so well against the Michigan State Spartans on Friday night as well. In the end, this is a game that the Dookies are prepared for, having gone through this terror of a bracket. Louisville has had the much easier road to tow, and we think that that is going to come back to bite it in this one. Expect to see Seth Curry go off for another big time game, while Russ Smith falters just a bit after scoring 81 points in three games prior to this one. Coach K will be headed back to the Final Four. Free Sunday College Basketball Pick: Duke Blue Devils +3 ½


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