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Our Thursday episode opens with some informal how-you-dos from the guys, and then it's a Sweet 16-stocked preview -- including game picks vs. the spread -- for the eight tips that will be played Saturday and Sunday.
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two. So the Sweet 16 starts Saturday, Eight games over two days. Noorlander Simple question for you. Upsets have defined the first two rounds of the 2021 N C double A tournament. Does that continue, or will things start to straighten out a little bit from here? I think I know how you're going to answer this. Um, uh huh, yeah, I think we're still going to have some more noise. That's my That's my honest guests here because when we look at Saturday's matchups, I like the one that I'm most intrigued in. Is Villanova Baylor? Just because, like Baylor's got Baylor outclasses Villanova at the Guard position by far, right? But you've got a coach on the other side. Has won two national championships versus a coach who's yet to make a Final Four but should make its first this year in Scott Drew. You've got Syracuse with Jim Boeheim has made a Final Four as a significant underdog in the past decade against the Houston team that is in back to back sweet sixteens as a program for the first time since Elijah Wanna Drexler were donning Coors. Unique, unique Okay, Oregon State, Loyola I don't even know what what, where to go with that. I mean, anything's possible, I guess. But I would think loyal, loyal is the better team and its favored to win. But major conference opponent will see. And then I do think that Oral Roberts, Arkansas has a wonderful potential to be a close game. I'm I'm quite excited actually, to cover that one in person there. That's on Saturday. And when you look at Sunday's games, yeah, like I have picked Florida State to make the elite eight in my bracket, So I think that there could be a case there. I'm not seeing New Zealand Alabama not seeing creating Gonzaga. So to a certain extent, yes. Uh, this wasn't your exact question, GP, But if you're willing to go pure seed upset and not lines if you ask me to set the over under. At 1.5 seat upsets this weekend for the Sweet 16, only I would take the over. If it was 2.5. I might have to pump fake a little bit, but I'm still might take the over and go three. Yeah, some of these, though, um, a really close lines where it won't even be considered that big of an upset if the underdog wins, for instance, like Michigan's only minus 2.5 against Florida State. Ah, USC is only minus 2.5 over Oregon, so those could be seed upsets. But you know, one possession underdogs. It's not that big of a deal. I I agree with you, and I do like to me just, you know, touch real quickly what we do in our most recent podcast. I I do like this blend here. Like I know there's a couple, maybe random games for a general sports audience tonight. Like I know Oral Roberts, Arkansas. It's fascinating because it's a it's a 15 and the Sweet 16. I understand that that's not that's not going to be the most highly rated game or anything like that. But I do like the blend here again of Hall of Fame coaches, programs that have made multiple sweet sixteens in the past half decade. Plus here, So they've been in this spot. We're used to seeing a lot of these teams, you know, like Villanova, like Syracuse, uh, loyal Chicago's only done once, but they went to the Final Four. We're familiar with that. Michigan, Florida State, Oregon, Gonzaga. These teams have made it, and you get that blend. Plus, you get like fresh blood in terms of Alabama doing what it's doing, obviously a football school, but a super compelling team. So we get a little bit of both. We get the, you know we get the We get the strange, upstart story of Oregon State with first team in 28 years to make the Sweet 16 after being 500 or worse, 20 games into a season. And then you've got, you know, still 31 season, a couple of two still sticking around. So to me personally, I think it's the best of both worlds, and that's why I'm I'm pretty excited, I think both days, By the way, the way that each side of the bracket shakes out, it's pretty balanced. I don't think one day is necessarily that much better.
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