CBB Picks: Elite 8, Saturday

Xavier (+8.5) over Gonzaga

I could write a bunch of words, but there’s really not much more needed than what I’ve given the past three games for X: Chris Mack, Trevon Bluiett, ashes in a jar.

I’ve loved the Zags all year, but nothing has come easy for them recently and they’re in for a dog fight on Saturday.

Oregon (+7) over Kansas

I feel like 7 is a bit of an overreaction to what Kansas did to Purdue in the second half on Thursday. Purdue had to play damn near perfect to beat the Jayhawks due to their disadvantage athletically, but Oregon doesn’t. The Ducks are much more equipped to handle Kansas in that capacity. I don’t know that they’re any better off trying to stop Frank Mason, but Bell and Bigby-Williams at least provide a lot of resistance around the rim. Defensively, Kansas isn’t great in their rotations and that will provide some problems in trying to defend four Oregon shooters on the floor most of the time. I’d be much more confident in this play if the game was held in, say, Denver, but the Jayhawks will once again have a considerable fan advantage in KC. I’ll still stick with Oregon, though. What I know for sure is that Dillon Brooks vs. Josh Jackson is going to be awesome.

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