After today’s games are finished, we’ll be down to the Sweet 16. That round will be played on Mar. 23 and 24 with the fourth round, the Elite Eight, being played on Mar. 25 and 26. Here’s how we see these two contests going.
#10 Wichita State at #2 Kentucky
2:40 PM CBS
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
The Shockers played decent defense against the Flyers on Saturday. They’ll need to show some prowess in that area once again if they are going to have a chance to move forward. Wichita State is averaging 82 PPG, 41 RPG, and 7 SPG. All of which offer promise in this game. Markis McDuffie, Darral Willis Jr., and Shaquille Morris each offer double-digit scoring chops all each also averages five rebounds per game. Freshman guard Landry Shamet, who is averaging 11 PPG, hits 45% of his threes. Five players come off the bench to offer quality minutes.
Kentucky is favored by 4.5 points and the totals bet is at 149.0 . The Shockers are five percentage points better from the three-point arc and four points better from the foul stripe. The Wildcats are averaging four more points per game than Wichita State. Each team is averaging 80-plus points per game. Take the over at 149.0 and the Shockers at +4.5.
2017 March Madness Second Round South Free Pick: Wichita State at +4.5 and over 149.0.
#8 Arkansas at #1 North Carolina
6:10 PM TNT
Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, South Carolina
The Razorbacks are averaging 80 PPG. At the same time, they have some very fine defensive players who should prove to be troublesome to the Tar Heels. In the frontcourt, Moses Kingsley is posting 2.6 BPG while pulling down 7.8 RPG and scoring 12.1 PPG. Senior guard Dusty Hannahs leads all Arkansas players with 14.6 PPG. He’s good on 39% of his shots. Daryl Macon and Jaylen Barford are both averaging 13 PPG.
The Tar Heels are pulling down 44 RPG while the Razorbacks are taking in 36. Arkansas is better at the foul line by six percentage points. North Carolina holds the advantage in average points 85 to 80. The Tar Heels are at -11.5. We’re taking the Razorbacks and the under at 165.0.
2017 March Madness Second Round South Free Pick: Arkansas at +11.5 and the under at 165.0
2017 March Madness Second Round South Free Picks
That’s it for our first two 2017 March Madness Second Round South free picks for Sunday. We’ll have one more posted shortly. We expect the two games above to be quite competitive.