Villanova and UConn - sound familiar? That's because the two former Big East rivals used to square off every year, at least once, before conference realignment came and wreaked havoc. This time around, they're playing for much more - a spot in the Sweet 16. Villanova is favored, but this one is going to be close.
Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Time: 9:40 PM EST
TV Channel: TBS
Location: First Niagara Center (Buffalo, NY)
Announcers: Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Allie LaForce
Opening Betting Line: Villanova -6.5 (134) via Odds Shark
Prediction: Villanova shot just 4-of-23 from 3-point land against Milwaukee, and despite winning the game by 20 points, struggled to put the Panthers away until late. The Wildcats will not be able to survive against UConn with those kinds of stats. AAC Player of the Year Shabazz Napier and the Huskies survived a battle of their own against St. Joe's, but they're as dangerous a 7-seed as you'll see in an NCAA Tournament. We'll go with the upset here - UConn prevails in a close one between former conference foes.