March Insanity Elite Eight picks: Texas vs. Miami prediction

March Madness Elite Eight picks: Texas vs. Miami prediction

Texas and Miami shut out the Elite Eight on Sunday in a matchup between two groups taking part in at excessive ranges proper now.

The Longhorns had been a well-liked decide to achieve the Closing 4 after profitable the Large 12 match, they usually haven’t disenchanted, wanting spectacular of their first three wins.

The Hurricanes wanted to outlive a first-round scare towards Drake, however their offense has been unstoppable prior to now two video games.

It’s onerous to choose towards an entire crew like Texas, however 4.5 factors feels somewhat excessive right here.

Miami trailed Drake by eight factors with simply over 5 minutes to go in Spherical 1.

Since that time, the Hurricanes closed on a 16-1 run to defeat the Bulldogs, beat Indiana 85-69 and upset No. 1 seed Houston 89-75.

How spectacular has Miami’s offense been the previous two video games?

Houston (5) and Indiana (45) rank within the high 50 in defensive effectivity on KenPom.

Norchad Omier (left) battles for the ball with J'Wan Roberts during Miami's Sweet 16 win over Houston.
Norchad Omier (left) battles for the ball with J’Wan Roberts throughout Miami’s Candy 16 win over Houston.

Miami hung greater than 80 factors and on every of these groups whereas capturing a mean of 51 p.c from the sphere.

The opposite spectacular factor about Miami’s previous two wins has been rebounding. Houston is without doubt one of the high rebounding groups within the nation, and Miami ended that sport even on the boards.

Due to rebounding machine Norchad Omier, who has 44 boards in three video games, Miami has scored 48 second-chance factors within the match.

Betting on Faculty Basketball?

I’ve Miami 65/1 to win all of it, and although I can see Texas advancing, this sport will likely be a battle.

The Hurricanes getting over a possession is simply too many factors to move up.

The play: Miami +4.5 (BetMGM)