This Saturday, Michigan will take on Florida State, and Kansas State faces Loyola Chicago in the Elite Eight. Let’s see what ESPN’s Matchup Predictor has to say about it.
Michigan, the 3-seed in the West Region, will continue its NCAA Tournament run this Saturday night against 9-seed Florida State. The Wolverines enter with a 31-7 record, while the Seminoles boast a 23-11 mark.
Michigan reached the Elite Eight by knocking off Montana, Houston, and Texas A&M. Florida State has taken down Missouri, Xavier, and Gonzaga.
Most sportsbooks have Michigan as a 4.5-point favorite, per OddsShark. ESPN says there is a 70.1-percent chance that the Wolverines prevail–meaning the Seminoles have a 29.9-percent chance of winning.
Michigan got very hot late in the season, winning the Big Ten Tournament, and pulled off one of the most dramatic wins of March so far with a buzzer beater against Houston. It seemed like they might be vulnerable against the TAMU team that had just dominated North Carolina, but instead the Wolverines shot the lights out and the game way over by halftime.
Florida State entered the tournament as a relative after thought, but has been incredibly impressive. The 'Noles blew out Mizzou, knocked off No. 1 seed Xavier, and handled Gonzaga basically wire-to-wire in the Sweet 16.
Kansas State, the 9-seed in the South Region, faces 11-seed Cinderella Loyola Chicago. The Wildcats enter with a 25-11 record, while the Ramblers boast a 31-5 mark.
KSU reached the Elite Eight by knocking off Creighton, UMBC, and Kentucky. Loyola has taken down Miami, Tennessee, and Nevada.
Most sportsbooks have Kansas State as a 1 or 1.5-point favorite, per OddsShark. ESPN says there is a 51.2-percent chance that the Wildcats prevail–meaning the Ramblers have a 48.8-percent chance of winning.
Kansas State has gotten a bit of help, thanks to UMBC's historic upset of Virginia, but the Wildcats have been impressive in their own right. Star forward Dean Wade missed the first two games, and played very sparingly in the Sweet 16 win over Kentucky.
Loyola is the story of the Tournament. The Ramblers are riding a strong pack-line style defense through the tournament, holding three straight teams to 68 or fewer points, and winning the three games by a combined four points.
KSU and Loyola will tip off at 6:09 p.m. ET in Atlanta, and will be followed by Michigan vs. Florida State in Los Angeles at 8:49 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on TBS.