Elite 8 open thread

Final Four on the line [Elite 8 Open Thread]

3/30/13 in NCAABB   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

I hope you all use this as a forum to discuss the games, and not as advice for picks, cause man, my predictions have been atrocious. 

Feb 25, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA;  Marquette Golden Eagles guard Junior Cadougan (5) and Syracuse Orange center Baye Keita (12) battle to control the ball during the second half at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.  Marquette won 74-71.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY SportsLet's get to the games, though.

No. 3 Marquette vs. No. 4 Syracuse
East Region from Washington D.C.
4:30 p.m. ET, CBS
One thing is for sure, in its last season as a conference, the Big East is going to have a team in the Final Four. This wasn't the Big East's best season, but the conference as it stands now still has a chance to go out with a bang. It is somewhat surprising that either team is here, but who will advance?

The Orange is coming off of a surprising upset of No. 1 Indiana in which Syracuse stifled the Hoosiers with its vaunted 2-3 zone. Part of Syracuse's advantage in that game was that the Hoosiers hadn't seen the zone before. Marquette has. The Golden Eagles downed Syracuse 74-71 in Milwaukee about a month ago. That game doesn't mean much today, other than that Marquette is more familiar with the Jim Boeheim zone than Indiana was. 

A friend said the other day that Marquette just looks like a classic tournament team -- lucking into a few wins early before hitting its stride. After all, on Thursday the Golden Eagles dominated a very good Miami team to get here.

My pick: Marquette (probably a jinx).

Mar 28, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Wichita State Shockers fans celebrate against the La Salle Explorers during the second half of the semifinals of the West regional of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Staples Center. Wichita State defeated La Salle 72-58. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY SportsNo. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 9 Wichita State

West Region from Los Angeles
7:05 p.m. ET, CBS
I will make zero "shocker" jokes, I promise. Wichita State is getting good use out of their dark, road uniforms this tournament, which is always good news for a low seed. Can their magical journey continue? I'll just say it: My heart says so, but my head says otherwise.

The big question for Ohio State is, who's turn is it to nail a game-winning three right before the horn. Two straight cold-blooded buzzer beaters have gotten the Buckeyes and Thad Matta to the brink of another Final Four. Unfortunately for Wichita State, I doubt this game comes down to the buzzer.

My pick: Ohio State (maybe a reverse jinx)
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3/30/13   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7414 respect

I'm already having anxiety about the Louisville/Duke game, which is ironically being played on the anniversary of the 1986 Louisville/Duke title game.

3/30/13   |   Scott   |   53892 respect

Wichita State becomes the first MVC team to reach the Final Four since Larry Bird's Indiana State team in 1979.

3/30/13   |   Scott   |   53892 respect

'Cuse zone swallows up another foe.  Orange on their way to the Final Four

3/30/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Syracuse grad here,,, so Go Orange!!!